As you are exploring graduate studies, if you wish to visit, we recommend attending an information session (or visit) no earlier than within a year timeframe of applying to or starting our MMA program, as there may be slight changes to our curriculum, faculty availability, and courses offered.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently planning for Virtual Information Sessions on three separate dates this fall. Individual appointments can be arranged in extenuating circumstances, please contact Leah Quinn directly ( 

All Information Sessions will include introductory information with our Graduate Program Advisor, the opportunity to connect with and ask questions of faculty members, and a panel of current students.

Virtual Information Session Date

Start Time (all times Pacific)

Friday, October 2nd 2:00pm
Tuesday, October 13th 9:30am
Tuesday, November 17th 3:00pm

To attend a Virtual Information Session please complete this form.

If you have questions that need a response before the Information Sessions take place, please feel free to reach out to our GPA, Tiffany Comtois-Dion ( You can also take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions, which might be helpful in your information gathering.

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; the Marine Studies Building.

From Sea-Tac airport you can take the lightrail to Westlake Station. From that stop take the #71 or #73 buses Northbound 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 in the Marine Studies Building.

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 can be difficult 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 planning 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 (code-MAR) and surrounding area can be found here.

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



Below are a variety of accommodations near the UW and SMEA. Please contact accommodations for their most up-to-date rates.

Easy walking distance to SMEA:

The College Inn
4000 University Way NE
(206) 633-4441

This is a historic B&B (bathrooms down the hall).

Graduate Hotel
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
(206) 634-2000

Art Deco hotel, about a 10-15 minute walk to SMEA.

Residence Inn – Seattle University District
4501 12th Ave NE
(206) 322-8887

Marriott hotel, about a 10-15 minute walk to SMEA.

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

A Staypineapple hotel, about a 10-15 minute walk to SMEA.

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

Basic, but each unit has a full kitchen.

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

A Staypineapple hotel, about a 10-15 minute walk to SMEA. Website has a great area bike map.

Close, but longer walk or take a bus:

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

Nice, and located by University Village (an outdoor mall w/ great shops and restaurants). It’s a bit far to walk, but they have a free shuttle that leaves every 30 minutes.

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

Located close to University Village, plan to take the #68 or #372 bus to campus.

Local Hostels:

Green Tortoise Hostel
(206) 340-1222

Located in downtown Seattle, near the Pike Place Market. There are a number of buses that go from downtown to the University District.

Hotel Hotel Fremont
3515 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103
(206) 257-4543

Located in the Fremont neighborhood.

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