Plan Your Visit

Dare to Explore

Your Husky Experience doesn't end when you leave the classroom. To be a UW student is to immerse yourself in the unique opportunities available in Seattle. We're a city of self-starters who believe that anything is possible by working together. We're adventurous and entrepreneurial, caffeinated and connected. And with the Pacific Northwest in your backyard, you'll find endless ways to explore the outdoors, from paddle boarding on Lake Washington to skiing and snowboarding in the Cascade Mountains. What will you discover?

Hotel accommodations

If you are traveling to Seattle from out of the area, you'll find many options within walking distance. Many offer a free shuttle to campus.

Getting to campus

  • Directions and tips for arriving by plane, train, bus, car, or (coming in March 2016) light rail.
  • Directions to Schmitz Hall, Office of Admissions.
  • If driving, please plan to arrive early. Please visit the UW Transportation Services website to learn more about parking locations, cost, and public transit.

Parking

If you drive, please try to arrive to campus at least 30 minutes before your scheduled visit, to allow time to park and find your way to your destination. When you arrive, please visit one of the gatehouses to purchase a permit. The parking specialist will direct you to a parking lot.

The daily parking fee is $15.00 (cash, debit card, or credit card accepted). For more information, please visit the daily parking page.

Gatehouses

  • 15th Ave NE at NE 41st Street
  • NE 45th St at Memorial Way
  • 15th Ave NE at Grant Lane
  • Pend Oreille Road, off Montlake Ave NE

Campus maps

We recommend that you become acquainted with campus before you arrive.

  • UW Campus Map.
  • Please note the location of the Husky Union Building (HUB), 4001 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195. This is where you'll want to head for freshman information sessions, Admitted Student
  • Previews (April 4-18), Transfer Thursday sessions, and campus tours.
  • Residence life tours depart from Lander Hall. The address is 1201 NE Campus Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98105.
  • Gatehouses (at entrances to campus) are marked in aqua on the campus map.

Things to do

While you’re here, explore all the places and activities that make Seattle and the Pacific Northwest unique.

Weather

Weather in Seattle is typically mild. An umbrella or hooded jacket is usually a good idea.

  • UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences weather forecast
  • During extreme weather conditions, please visit the UW homepage to ensure the campus is open. In the event that campus is closed, visit activities will be cancelled.

Helpful hints

  • The campus tour is a walking tour of 0.8 miles (1.29 km).
  • Disability Accommodations. The University of Washington is committed to provide access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for a campus tour, please contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (Voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY) 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu at least ten days before your visit.