Redmond is a very central location with regards to the tech industry. Valve, Amazon, Microsoft, Monolith, and many other companies are less than a 30 minute drive away. The public transportation is very good as well. The 545 goes directly to downtown Seattle and from there, the Link goes to SeaTac airport and, with an Orca card, only costs $3.75 ($3.50 initial, $.25 transfer) one way! As a student on a budget, that is very cost effective.
There are plenty of restaurants in walking distance, and the food has improved considerably over the past 2 years since the town is growing considerably. The downtown area has a nice steakhouse, a burger joint, a hip gastropub, and of course, there are plenty of karaoke options!