Seattle combines unparalleled natural beauty with small-town friendliness, a Pacific Rim outlook, and cosmopolitan amenities. One of the “most livable” cities in the U.S., Seattle is consistenly ranked high for recreation and live theatre.  


One of the most beautiful academic settings in North America, the University of Washington combines beautiful grounds and spectacular views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountain range to create an amazing landscape.

University District

Seattle's University District or “U-District” is one of the city's oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. Boasting a unique mix of ethnic restaurants, coffeehouses, retail shops and other services, the neighborhood caters to student needs.

Getting Around

UW students can drive, take the bus, or walk to and from campus. Drivers can park on-campus during classes or meetings. Whether you live in downtown Seattle, a nearby suburb, or an island, the bus system and ferry system are convenient.

Information on parking, public transit and maps 

UW: A Legacy of Academic Achievement

Famed for our award-winning faculty, the UW boasts seven Nobel Prize winners, 15 “genius award” fellows from the MacArthur Foundation, and two Pulitzer Prize winners. We have 81 members in the National Academy of Sciences and 91 members in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Learn more about UW faculty distinctions.

UW Vision & Values

The University of Washington’s vision and strategic priorities reflect the core values and culture that make us one of the world's preeminient public universities. Learn more about the UW.

UW: A Leader in Research Funding

One of the world's great public research universities, the UW is esteemed for its creative, innovative and talented faculty. The University received more than $1.6 billion in grant and contract research funding during FY2017. Learn more about research at the UW.