DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND PARKING – SOCC

  • South Campus Center is a part of the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle branch).
  • It is located two blocks away from the main campus, down by the ship canal (behind the Health Sciences building).
  • The street address is 1601 NE Columbia Road, Seattle, WA 98195
  • If you are driving, park in PARKING LOT S1. (It costs $5 to park in S1 after 4 pm on weekdays, and before noon on Saturdays. It is free to park in S1 all day Sunday, and after noon on Saturdays). The garage faces up to South Campus center; you can walk right from your parking space into the building.
  • PRINTABLE DRIVING DIRECTIONS

  • Like all U.W. buildings, this building is wheelchair accessible. If you have accessibility concerns, we recommend parking on the MID-LEVEL of the parking garage in front of the building and enter through mid-level doors. Then take the elevator to the third floor. 
  • The UPPER LEVEL DOORS in SOCC are locked on evenings and weekends. So please park on the MID LEVEL of the S1 garage, not the upper level, and enter through the MID LEVEL doors. (The upper doors may be locked.) Then take the elevator to the third floor.
  • IMPORTANT: Some GPSs may not work for this building, because of the odd way UW buildings are numbered. (Some students have told us their GPSs sent them driving around in circles.)
  • So we recommend printing out these DRIVING DIRECTIONS and bringing them along, just in case. 

DRIVING NORTH ON I-5:

  • Take the NE 45th street exit.
  • Turn RIGHT onto NE 45th. Drive for about ten blocks.
  • Turn RIGHT onto 15th Avenue NE. Drive for several blocks.
  • IMPORTANT: Do NOT TURN RIGHT ONTO Pacific Street; drive through it.
  • At the end of 15th NE, turn left onto Boat Street.
  • You’ll see the parking gate ahead of you. On Saturdays, parking costs $5. On Sundays it’s free.
  • Just past the parking gate you’ll see the building and PARKING GARAGE S-1, on your right hand side. (As you’ll see in this map, Garage S-1 fronts up against
  • Park on the MIDDLE LEVEL of the parking garage, not the upper or lower level.
  • (The middle level doors will be open on weekends; the upper and lower level doors may be locked.)

DRIVING SOUTH ON I-5:

  • Take the NE 45th street exit.
  • Turn LEFT onto NE 45th. Drive for about ten blocks.
  • Turn RIGHT 15th NE. Drive for several blocks.
  • IMPORTANT: Do NOT TURN RIGHT ONTO Pacific Street; drive through it.
  • At the end of 15th NE, turn left onto Boat Street.
  • You’ll see the parking gate ahead of you. On Saturdays, parking costs $5. On Sundays it’s free.
  • Just past the parking gate you’ll see the building and parking garage, on your right hand side. Park on the MIDDLE LEVEL of the parking garage, not the upper or lower level.
  • (The middle level doors will be open on weekends; the upper and lower level doors may be locked.)

COMING FROM STATE ROUTE 520:

  • Directions to South Campus Center coming from the east via State Route 520
  • From State Route 520, take the Montlake Boulevard ext.
  • Turn right and continue north on Montlake Boulevard crossing the drawbridge.
  • Turn left (west) onto NE Pacific Street at the first traffic light after the drawbridge.
  • Continue west on NE Pacific Street to 15th Avenue NE and turn left (south).
  • At the bottom of 15th Avenue NE bear left onto NE Boat Street.  Travel a short distance on Boat St. onto Columbia Road.
  •  The campus gatehouse (Gate #6) will be straight ahead.  Continue to Gate #6 and stop there for directions and a parking permit.
  • Park on the MID-LEVEL of the parking garage and enter through the mid-level doors, not the upper level.

For BUS DIRECTIONS, please contact Metro Transit.


PARKING ON CAMPUS

PARK IN PARKING GARAGE S-1. It’s right in front of South Campus Center.

Fees for parking on campus:

  • On evenings (after 5 p.m.), and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon, it costs $5 to park on the U.W. campus. You pay the fee as you drive onto the campus, and get a parking permit to put in your window. Ask to park in  the parking lots listed above if possible (C-12, C-15 and C-17).
  • Parking is FREE on Saturdays after noon.
  • Parking is also FREE on Sundays (all day)

IMPORTANT: WHAT TO DO IF BUILDING IS LOCKED!

On Saturdays and Sundays, the building is sometimes locked. The mid-level doors will be open. So park on the mid-level, not the upper level.

About Nils Osmar

Nils Osmar was born in Alaska, and grew up in a wilderness area on the southern coast. He now lives in Seattle. He has made his living in the arts for over thirty years, working as a writer, visual artist, teacher, and filmmaker. He currently teaches through the University of Washington's ASUW Experimental College. He is the Director of an independent educational program, Classesandworkshops.com, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.