As you are exploring graduate studies, we recommend visiting 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.

We host visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which allow for the most availability of our current students, faculty, and staff. Visits on other days of the week may be possible with advance notice.

It is highly recommended that you visit while classes are in session, so you have the best opportunity to connect with current students and faculty.

Academic Quarter

Classes Begin

Classes End

Spring 2020 March 30th June 5th
Autumn 2020 September 30th December 11th
Winter 2021 January 4th March 12th
Spring 2021 March 29th June 4th

Due to COVID-19, we are currently hosting virtual prospective student visits via Skpe, Zoom, or phone call. 

To schedule a visit please complete this form, print it as a PDF, then email the PDF to Leah Quinn (

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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