[AES Pacific NW Section - Seatle USA]
Around the Seattle area, Washington, U.S.A.

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General directions to the UW Campus

General Location

The University of Washington campus is located in Seattle, just north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. It is bounded by I5 to the west, 25th Ave NE to the East, and NE 45th Street to the north.

There are five entry gates into the main campus:

  • Gate 1 / West: 15th Ave NE and 42nd St (access to underground garage)
  • Gate 2 / North: NE 45th St and 17th Ave
  • Gate 3 / East: Pend Orelle Road off 25th Ave
  • Gate 4 / South: Off NE Pacific Street (access to underground garage near UW Hospital)
  • Gate 5 / West: 15th Ave NE and 41st St (near Meany Hall)

Campus gates 2, 3, and 5 are accessible to each other via on-campus roads. That is, you can drive to gates 3 and 5 from gate 2, and vice-versa.

General considerations for driving near the UW campus.

The area is congested, and signalization is ancient. Avoid making left turns, except along 15th Avenue or unless a specific left-turn signal is provided. Sometimes getting off the freeway at NE 50th Street and then turning right on 17th Avenue and going south is a faster way to get to the campus.

Parking

The University maintains a large number of parking lots. When you enter the campus, tell the guard where you're going and they'll put you in a lot that is close (which is not necessarily adjacent or nearby). If you're going on campus to load/unload, tell them so. The campus police are vigilant and you can expect a ticket if you don't park appropriately.

Security

Sad to say, the University and the surrounding area are not the safest places in town. When you leave your car, be sure it is locked. Ensure that nothing of value is visible. If you have to put things in your trunk, you might do well to move them prior to arriving in the U district or on campus.

Gate 1 (underground garage, at 41st)

From I5: Take the NE45th Street exit, go east to 15th Avenue, turn right onto 15th, turn left at 41st into the underground garage.

I5 (alt): Exit at NE45th, go east to Roosevelt, then right on Roosevelt, then left at NE Campus Parkway. Go left at 15th to 43rd, then right into the underground garage.

From SR520 westbound: Stay on 520, merge with I5-northbound, follow instructions from I5.

From SR520 westbound (alt): Exit at Montlake Blvd, go right at the top of the ramp, cross the Montlake Bridge, swing left at NE Pacific, then go right at 15th Ave, and right again at NE 41st. Turn right into the underground garage.

Gate 2 (considered by most to be the main gate)

From I5: Take the NE45th Street exit, go east to 17th Avenue, turn right onto the campus.

From SR520 westbound: Stay on 520, merge with I5-northbound, follow instructions from I5.

From SR520 westbound (alt): Exit at Montlake Blvd, go right at the top of the ramp, cross the Montlake Bridge, swing left at NE Pacific, then go right at 15th Ave, and right again at NE 45th. Turn right onto the campus at 17th Avenue.

Gate 3 (25th and NE45th, near University Village)

From I5: Not Recommended. Use Gate 2 instead.

From SR520 westbound: Exit at Montlake Blvd, go right at the top of the ramp, cross the Montlake Bridge, stay to the right, remaining on Montlake Blvd. Follow signs for 25th Ave. Just after Montlake splits near NE45 (it veers to the right) turn left onto Pend Orelle Drive.

Gate 4 (Underground Garage near UW Hospital & Husky Stadium)

From I5: Take the NE45th Street exit, go east to 15th Avenue, turn right. Turn left at NE Pacific, stay to the left, and take the left-veer onto NE Pacific Place. The entrance to the garage is on your right.

From SR520 westbound: Exit at Montlake Blvd, go right at the top of the ramp, cross the Montlake Bridge, swing left at NE Pacific, then go right at Pacific Place. The entrance to the garage is on your right.

Gate 5 (near Meany Hall, at 43rd)

From I5: Take the NE45th Street exit, go east to 15th Avenue, turn right onto 15th, turn left at 43rd onto the campus.

I5 (alt): Exit at NE45th, go east to Roosevelt, then right on Roosevelt, then left at NE Campus Parkway. Go right at 15th to 41st, then left onto campus.

From SR520 westbound: Stay on 520, merge with I5-northbound, follow instructions from I5.

From SR520 westbound (alt): Exit at Montlake Blvd, go right at the top of the ramp, cross the Montlake Bridge, swing left at NE Pacific, then go right at 15th AVe, and right again at NE 43rd onto the campus.

Last modified 1/1/2005.