Jackson School On-boarding Manual

1.2 Getting to Campus


Transportation Services (TS) can assist you in determining which means of transportation is the best way for you to get to campus. Get started by using the Commute Options on their website (https://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/commute-options), or calling them at: 206- 221-3701.


A number of King County Metro and Sound Transit bus lines, including the Link Light Rail, stop on and/or near campus. Visit the metro website to plan your trip: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/


You can purchase a bus pass, called a U-Pass, that is linked to your Husky ID Card at a special reduced rate for faculty/staff. The current cost is $150 per quarter. There are two ways to obtain your U-Pass:

  • Apply online and pay for it through payroll deductions (Note: U-Pass members who pay with this method are financially responsible for the U-Pass and all associated charges, even if they separate from the University and/or are not receiving a paycheck. To cancel payroll deductions, you must contact Transportation Services to sign a stop-deduction form), or
  • Go in person to the UW Commuter Services Office (3901 University Way NE), which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 5:00PM to purchase it. If you choose to go in person, you must have your Husky ID with you.

Additional information can be found here: https://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/employee-u-pass

Bicycling and Walking Instructions

UW is served by the Burke Gilman Trail – the region’s preeminent and most heavily-used multiuse path – and ample bicycle parking is located across campus. To plan your walking or biking trip, use Ride the City: http://ridethecity.com/seattle or Google maps: https://google.com/maps


UW Parking Lots/Garages

There are different types of parking permits for employees to park on campus, including Individual Commuter Tickets (discounted passes for employees who drive to campus twice a week or less on average), Single Occupancy Vehicle Permits (permits for employees who drive alone regularly three or more days per week), etc. For more information about the employee permits, and how to obtain them, visit the TS Park-Employee page, here: https://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/park-employee

Without a pass, the main parking lots and garages on campus charge $15/day to park (to be paid at the multiple entrance parking gatehouses). Go to the official map of campus (http://www.washington.edu/maps/) and check the “Parking lots” box to see where all parking garages are located on campus.

The E1 Parking Lot is about a half-mile away from Thomson Hall with a reduced rate of $6/day to park. There are four entrances to the E1 parking lot:

  • The north entrance off Montlake Boulevard NE at Walla Walla Road has three entrance lanes and one exit lane.
  • The south entrance by the Golf Driving Range on Clark Road has one entrance lane and one exit lane.
  • The southeast entrance on Walla Walla Road by the Husky Outdoor Track has one entrance lane and one exit lane.

Note: You must pass through the E18 Parking Lot in order to access the south entrances of the E1 Parking lot.

For all parking lots/garages rates and locations, go here: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/park-self-serve