Getting Here

Map
Driving Directions
Public Transportation Directions
Accommodations

Map

The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering location on the UW map is available here.

Driving Directions

Below are directions for driving. We also have directions for visiting the department using public transportation. (From downtown Seattle, this is probably easier than driving.)

Those driving to campus may find one of these interactive maps with driving directions to be more useful than the purely text instructions below: Bing Maps, Google Maps. The assumption is that you are arriving via I5 and parking in the UW Central Plaza Parking Garage.

See UW Campus Map, with Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering highlighted.

From the Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond)

  1. Take I-520 west, across the Lake Washington floating bridge, towards Seattle.
  2. On the Seattle side, take the second exit, "Montlake."
  3. At the end of the exit, go right onto Montlake Avenue; you'll be heading north. Start moseying over to the left lane.
  4. Proceed across the Montlake Bridge, a cute little lift bridge crossing the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
  5. Immediately after the bridge, you'll come to a major intersection. You'll see the UW football stadium ahead on the right, and the UW Medical Center on your left. Turn left, onto NE Pacific Street. The main campus will now be on your right, and the UW Medical Center still on your left.
  6. Drive west along a very long block. At the end, take a right onto 15th Avenue NE.
    (Map of steps 4-6.)
  7. Drive north along a very long block. You'll come to a light where you could make a right turn into the campus; don't. At the next light, just after passing under a footbridge that crosses 15th at the Henry Art Gallery, turn right into an underground parking garage. (This is called the "Central Plaza Parking Garage"; the entrance is at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St.) Pay the attendant, ask for a campus map, and park - most convenient are levels C1, C3, or C5b, near the southeast corner. Climb to daylight - ideally using stairs marked "To Gerberding & Suzzallo."
    (If underground parking is full and the attendant turns you away, ASK which lot you should go to next. They are not always as helpful with this information as we would like, and if you don't ask, they may not tell you.)
  8. Now you're looking for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. The Allen Center is a two-minute walk from the parking garage, in a south-south-east direction. It's located southeast of Drumheller Fountain, behind the Electrical Engineering building.
    ( Map of steps 7-8. The entrance to the underground parking garage is labeled "Gate 1"; the garage is salmon-colored on the map. The Allen Center is south-south-east of the garage - southeast of Drumheller Fountain, behind the Electrical Engineering building.)

From the South (Portland, Tacoma, SeaTac Airport, Downtown Seattle)

  1. Proceed north on I-5. Pass through downtown Seattle. Avoid the "Express Lanes." As you head across the Lake Washington Ship Canal bridge, move to the right hand lane, and exit on NE 45th Street -- the first exit north of the Ship Canal.
  2. Take a right (east) on NE 45th Street. NE 45th is frustratingly slow, but you'll only have to go a few blocks.
  3. You'll cross a bewildering assortment of streets: 7th, 8th, and 9th Avenues NE; Roosevelt Way NE; 11th and 12th Avenues NE, University Way NE. At the next intersection - up a steep hill - take a right (heading south) onto 15th Avenue NE.
  4. The main UW campus will be on your left. Proceed south. At a light, just before you come to a footbridge that passes over 15th at the Henry Art Gallery, turn left into an underground parking garage. (This is called the "Central Plaza Parking Garage"; the entrance is at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St.) Pay the attendant, ask for a campus map, and park - most convenient are levels C1, C3, or C5b, near the southeast corner. Climb to daylight - ideally using stairs marked "To Gerberding & Suzzallo."
    (If underground parking is full and the attendant turns you away, ASK which lot you should go to next. They are not always as helpful with this information as we would like, and if you don't ask, they may not tell you.)
    (Map of steps 3-4. The entrance to the underground parking garage is labeled "Gate 1.")
  5. Now you're looking for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. The Allen Center is a two-minute walk from the parking garage, in a south-south-east direction. It's located southeast of Drumheller Fountain, behind the Electrical Engineering building.
    ( Map of steps 4-5. The entrance to the underground parking garage is labeled "Gate 1"; the garage is salmon-colored on the map. The Allen Center is south-south-east of the garage - southeast of Drumheller Fountain, behind the Electrical Engineering building.)

From the North (Vancouver BC)

  1. Proceed south on I-5.
  2. Take the NE 45th Street exit, about two miles north of downtown Seattle. (It's actually an exit for both NE 50th Street and NE 45th Street; take the NE 45th Street option.)
  3. At NE 45th Street, turn left (east). NE 45th is frustratingly slow, but you'll only have to go a few blocks.
  4. You'll cross a bewildering assortment of streets: 7th, 8th, and 9th Avenues NE; Roosevelt Way NE; 11th and 12th Avenues NE, University Way NE. At the next intersection - up a steep hill - take a right (heading south) onto 15th Avenue NE.
  5. The main UW campus will be on your left. Proceed south. At a light, just before you come to a footbridge that passes over 15th at the Henry Art Gallery, turn left into an underground parking garage. (This is called the "Central Plaza Parking Garage"; the entrance is at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St.) Pay the attendant, ask for a campus map, and park - most convenient are levels C1, C3, or C5b, near the southeast corner. Climb to daylight - ideally using stairs marked "To Gerberding & Suzzallo."
    (If underground parking is full and the attendant turns you away, ASK which lot you should go to next. They are not always as helpful with this information as we would like, and if you don't ask, they may not tell you.)
    (Map of steps 4-5. The entrance to the underground parking garage is labeled "Gate 1.")
  6. Now you're looking for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. The Allen Center is a two-minute walk from the parking garage, in a south-south-east direction. It's located southeast of Drumheller Fountain, behind the Electrical Engineering building.
    ( Map of steps 5-6. The entrance to the underground parking garage is labeled "Gate 1"; the garage is salmon-colored on the map. The Allen Center is south-south-east of the garage - southeast of Drumheller Fountain, behind the Electrical Engineering building.)

Public Transportation Directions

Here are some directions for visiting the Department by bus. Also see King County Metro Online for schedules, maps, and a trip planner, and CSE's own OneBusAway program for real-time transit arrival information.

From Downtown Seattle

Find the nearest entrance to the bus tunnel. Take a 71, 72, or 73 express bus from any tunnel station. (There will be one of these every ten minutes most times of day.) The fare is $2.25 ($2.50 peak hours); exact change required. (Fares do change; check this page for the most up-to-date fare information.) When you get near UW, the bus will go down NE Campus Parkway, passing 11th Street, 12th Street, then Brooklyn Ave. Get off just after Brooklyn Avenue. (If the bus turns up University Avenue, you went a little too far; just get off at the next stop.) Continue east on NE Campus Parkway, crossing to the left-hand side of the street, and take the pedestrian bridge over 15th Avenue by the Henry Art Gallery. Continue walking through the campus roughly southeast to the Allen Center. The Allen Center is located southeast of Drumheller Fountain, behind the Electrical Engineering Building. (Map with Allen Center marked.)

From SeaTac Airport

To and from SeaTac Airport, use the "Link" light rail service, which terminates at the south end at SeaTac and at the north in the downtown bus tunnel Read about it here. Transfer to/from the 71, 72, or 73.

There are also various Gray Line, Shuttle Express, and other busses serving the airport. Gray Line will take you to various downtown hotels; Shuttle Express will take you to the door at UW or anywhere else (probably after meandering around dropping off other people).

From King Street Station (Amtrak and Sounder Commuter Train)

Go to the International District bus tunnel station (about a block). To get there, take the pedestrian bridge that goes over the tracks (heading east, away from the waterfront). Go by Union Station (a former train station, now offices), and continue east to the bus tunnel station (or, when closed, to a stop on 3rd). Proceed as above.

From the East Side and Elsewhere

Try the Metro Trip Planner, or see the University District Bus Routes page. If you find a bus that goes onto the campus, get off at the HUB bus stop; this is very close to the Allen Center.

A couple of relevant routes from the East Side are 242 and 545 ST Express from around Microsoft and Overlake, and 271 from Bellevue Transit Center. For the 242 and 545 ST Express you have to get off at the Montlake Station and walk to campus (ten minutes), or transfer to a local bus going to campus. The 271 goes on 15th Ave, bordering the campus.

Accommodations

Visitors requiring overnight accommodations will find the hotels listed below located conveniently near campus.

Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn 5002 22nd Avenue N.E. Seattle, WA 98105 (800) 545-8459 (206) 522-2536 FAX: (206) 528-0898 University Inn 4140 Roosevelt Way N.E. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 632-5055 FAX: (206) 547-4937 Watertown Hotel 4242 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 (866) 944-4242 (206) 826-4242 FAX: (206) 315-4242 Silver Cloud Inn 5036 25th Avenue N.E. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 526-5200 FAX: (206) 522-1450 University Travelodge 4725 25th Avenue N.E. Seattle, WA 98105 (800) 578-7878 (206) 525-4612 FAX: (206) 524-9106

A "vacation rental" could be a hotel alternative, particularly for a longer stay. Search FlipKey.com or vacationhomerentals.com for rentals in Seattle.