Venue, UW Campus, Seattle Tips
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This interactive map allows users to search the campus map by building, department, student organization, facilities, residential colleges, athletic fields and parking lots.
The University’s accessibility map (.pdf) shows accessible buildings, walkways and parking areas. For more specific information about accessibility, please see the UW Access Guide, contact Transportation and Parking Services, or contact the Office of Disability Services.
Getting around Seattle
The University of Washington is well connected to SeaTac Airport and Seattle’s downtown via ground transportation.
SoundTransit’s Link light rail U District Station is brand new and located about one block from the Graduate Seattle Hotel and other University District hotels. Please note that this is NOT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON STATION, which serves Husky Stadium and is about a mile from the Graduate Seattle Hotel. SoundTransit’s Link light rail is by far the fastest way downtown.
Buses also depart for downtown from from 15th Avenue NE in the University District next to the UW campus.
Seattle is additionally served by Uber, Lyft, and taxis.
We do not recommend renting a car unless you plan to take trips outside of Seattle. Most everything you need is within walking distance from your hotel, and parking on the UW campus and downtown can be difficult and expensive.
Get the Apps
One Bus Away – Download the One Bus Away app for your cellphone to see bus routes near you as well as real-time arrival information and schedules.
Uber – Download and get set up with the Uber app in order to take advantage of Seattle’s large ride sharing fleet.
Lyft – Download and get set up with the Lyft app in order to take advantage of Seattle’s large ride sharing fleet.
Public transportation from the University District
70 Bus Route (University District to Downtown Seattle)
43 Bus Route (University District to Montlake to Capitol Hill to Downtown Seattle)
49 Bus Route (University District to Capitol Hill [Broadway] to Downtown Seattle)
We recommend Uber or Lyft over traditional taxi cabs in Seattle, but Orange Cab (206-522-8800) is a local taxi.
Eat and Drink
Seattle is a city known for its fresh seafood, authentic cuisine, and highly developed microbrewery scene. Below, we list some recommended restaurants in the University District, nearby University Village, and in Seattle’s downtown. These include everything from pizza parlors to waterfront dining featuring salmon and crab from Puget Sound and even Alaska.
Conference attendees will find food and drink options in three locations on and around campus:
- At the University Village Mall
- On University Way (commonly known as “the Ave”)
- Downtown Seattle
University Village – A bit upscale
- Ba Bar (Vietnamese street food and cocktails)
- Eureka (American bar and grill)
- Piatti (upscale Italian cuisine)
- RAM Restaurant and Brewery
- Veggie Grill (vegetarian fast casual restaurant)
- Elemental Pizza (seated restaurant with delicious wood fired pizza and a full bar)
- Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
- Joey’s Kitchen (American bar and grill)
- Evergreens (casual or to go, entrée size salads)
- Din Tai Fung (upscale, seated Taiwanese cuisine)
- Mama Melina (upscale Italian cuisine located very close to U Village but not quite
University Way (“the Ave”) – Popular with students
- Big Time Brewery (Casual brewery and pizzeria, popular with students. )
- Shultzy’s Bar and Grill (Casual restaurant with a German theme and proper German beer.)
- BB’s Teriyaki Grill (a “Chipotle-style” approach to teriyaki)
- Sizzle & Crunch (a “Chipotle-style” approach to banh mi sandwiches and a Vietnamese grill)
- Chipotle (Fast-casual Mexican food.) Map.
- MOD Pizza (Pizza by the pie.)
- Café Solstice (Cool cafe with coffee, tea, beer, and food options.)
- Café on the Ave (Cafe with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.)
- Starbucks on the Ave (Local iteration of Seattle’s coffee corporation.)
- Café Allegro (Seattle’s oldest espresso bar. So authentic it’s in an alley.)
- Thai Tom (Cozy and casual with limited, diner-style seating. Seattle-famous Thai cuisine that will impress. Wait likely. Also a chance of fire on the stove.)
- Thaiger Room (Temporaurrently closed.)
- Portage Bay Cafe – Roosevelt (Breakfast and brunch. Popular. Wait possible.)
Downtown – Upscale
- The Pink Door
- Pike Place Market
- Metropolitan Grill
- Wild Ginger
- Purple Cafe and Bar
- Elliott Oyster House
- Matt’s in the Market
- Dahlia Lounge
- IL Bistro
Things To Do
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center (visitors’ center)
- Burke Museum (Natural History and Culture, esp. Pacific NW Culture. On the UW campus.)
- Museum of Flight
- Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
- Olympic Sculpture Park (Impressive and imposing sculptures along Seattle’s waterfront park with opportunities for long walks along the water. Affiliated with the Seattle Art Museum – S.A.M.)
- Pike Place Market (historic farmers, seafood and crafts market with local restaurants and flying fish)
- Seattle Art Museum
- Seattle Asian Art Museum
- Seattle Sounders FC (2016 Major League Soccer champions!)
- Space Needle and Seattle Center
- Wing Luke Museum
- Bill Speidel’s Seattle Underground Tour
- Ferry to Bainbridge Island (35 minute trip across Puget Sound to the charming town of Winslow)
- Water Taxi from Downtown to West Seattle Promenade (short boat ride to West Seattle’s waterfront promenade and magnificent views)
- Gas Works Park (great lake views in a former industrial site about a 30 minute walk from the HUB along the Burke Gilman Trail)
- Lenin Statue and Fremont Sunday Market