Directions & Parking

Getting to Campus

Traffic around the university can be challenging to navigate and parking very limited; however, the campus is well served by local and regional transit services. For more information on how to arrive campus through various modes of transportation, please visit the Commuter Services website. Please see below for specific parking and loading directions.

Directions to Mary Gates Hall

Click here for a campus map which shows the location of Mary Gates Hall.

  • Driving North: Heading north on Interstate 5, take the NE 45th Street exit. Turn right onto NE 45th Street and continue east to 15th Avenue NE. The UW campus begins at the corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE.


  • Driving South: Heading south on Interstate 5, take the NE 45th Street exit. Turn left onto NE 45th Street and continue east to 15th Avenue NE. The UW campus begins at the corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE.

Central Plaza Parking Garage

To park in the Central Plaza Parking Garage, take a right onto 15th Avenue NE. Continue south on 15th Avenue NE until you reach NE 41st Street. The parking garage entrance will be on your left. Stop at Gate 1, pay attendant and park where directed. Once you have parked in the garage, find the corridor labeled "Gerberding Hall" (southeast corner of the garage) and take the stairs up to Red Square. You will then need to head south between Suzzallo Library and Gerberding Hall. Mary Gates Hall will be on your left hand side. (Note: Accessible entrances to the Central Plaza parking garage can be found in both Kane Hall and Odegaard Library.)

Please note that prorated refunds are only available with cash payments. Depending on other other events taking place on campus, a special event parking rate may be in effect when you arrive. For complete details on parking at the University of Washington, please visit the Commuter Services website.

Alternatives to the Central Plaza Parking Garage

To enter through the north entrance of campus, keep heading east on NE 45th Street to 17th Avenue NE and turn right. Stop at Gate 2 and tell parking attendant that you wish to park near Mary Gates Hall.

Unloading At Mary Gates Hall

To load/unload at Mary Gates Hall, continue on NE 45th Street to 17th Avenue NE and turn right. Stop at Gate 2 for a load/unload permit and parking permit if needed. Immediately after Gate 2, turn left onto Stevens Way. Continue on Stevens Way until you come to Benton Lane and take a right. Follow this road past the Electrical Engineering Building and Guggenheim Hall. The Mary Gates Hall loading dock will be on the left hand side (directly across from Sieg Hall). Please remember to move your vehicle to a designated parking area after unloading.