If you are a prospective student and interested in visiting the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs we would be happy to schedule a day for you to meet with the Graduate Program Advisor, sit in on a class or two, have lunch with a few of our current students, and meet with faculty (as their schedules allow). If you are interested in scheduling a visit please complete, print as a PDF, then email this form to Jackie Chapman (jachap@uw.edu) to arrange your visit.


General Directions to the University District and SMEA

By car:

From I-5, going north or south, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Head east on NE 45th Street.

To get to SMEA, turn right (south) on Brooklyn Ave NE. Go the end, we are in the last building on the right.

From Sea-Tac airport you can take the lightrail to Westlake Station (approx. $2.75). From that stop take the #71 or #73 buses Northbound (approx. $2.50) and exit at NE Campus Pkwy & 12th Ave. Go west a half block to Brooklyn Ave. NE and make a left. SMEA will be 3 blocks down on the right.

By bus:

You can get information on the best bus route by logging on to the King County Metro Transit Trip Planner.

SMEA Main Office:

3707 Brooklyn Ave NE – on the corner of Brooklyn Ave NE and NE Boat St. (Lake Union is across the street). Look for the concrete building with a stained glass ‘seascape’ on the front. Go straight through the lobby into SMEA; Our Graduate Program Advisor is located in room 107.


Parking is always a problem in the University District. There are meters on NE Boat St. just south of our building; parking is $3.00/hr with a 2 hour maximum – bring lots of quarters or use a debit/credit card. Two hours may not be long enough if you are intending to attend a class. The link to visitor parking at the UW is here. The spaces for visitors usually fill up early. There are a couple of private lots in the general area, the closest is about a block west of SMEA on Boat Street.


Map of the University of Washington campus can be found here.

Map of the Marine Studies Building and surrounding area (code-MAR) can be found here.

 A great tourist website for Seattle can also be found here.

Below you’ll find a list of local hotels, directions to UW, and points of interest to help you plan your visit. (note: prices were last checked 1/29/15)


Easy walking distance to SMEA:

The College Inn
4000 University Way NE
(206) 633-4441
Rates are $65 – $95 (10% discount for UW). This is a historic B&B (bathrooms down the hall).

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
(206) 826-4242
(866) 944-4242

Rates start at $156 if you ask for Univ. discount (when available). Very nice, close to SMEA. Website has a great area bike map.

University Motel

4731 12th Ave NE
(206) 522-4724
(800) 522-4720

Singles starting at $88 with University discount. Very basic but each unit has a full kitchen.

University Inn
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
(206) 632-5055
(800) 733-3855

Rates starting at $149 (ask for the UW visitor rate – starting at $137) Also very close to SMEA.

Graduate Hotel
4507 Brooklyn NE
(206) 634-2000
(800) 899-0251

Rates vary with availability, from $109 and up (depending on date) with University discount (when available). AAA discounts also available.

Close, but longer walk or take a bus:

University Travelodge
4725 25th Ave NE
(206) 525-4612

Located close to University Village, plan to take the #68 or #372 bus to campus.  Ask for the University rate (summer: $86-$96, fall – spring: $76 – $86), but check out special internet rates.

University Silver Cloud
5036 25th Ave NE
(206) 526-5200
(800) 205-6940

Ask for the University visitor Rate — $149 – $159 and up depending on date. This is very nice, and located by the University Village (a wonderful outdoor mall w/ great shops and restaurants) Indoor pool. It’s a bit far to walk, but they have a free shuttle that leaves every 30 minutes.

Local Hostels:

Green Tortoise Hostel
(206) 340-1222

Rates start at $30-$40; $54 – $82 for a private room. Located in downtown Seattle, near the Pike Place Market. There are a number of buses that got from downtown to the university district.

Hostel Seattle
6200 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle WA 98107
(206) 706-3255
(877) 8-H O S T E L


Located in the Ballard neighborhood, on Puget Sound. There is bus nearby that comes to the UW campus.

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