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Getting to Campus

Traffic around the university can be challenging to navigate and parking very limited; however, the campus is well served by local and regional transit services. For more information on how to arrive campus through various modes of transportation, please visit the Commuter Services website. Please see below for specific parking and loading directions.

Directions to Johnson Hall

Click here for a campus map which shows the location of Johnson Hall.
  • Driving North: Heading north on Interstate 5, take the NE 45th Street exit. Turn right onto NE 45th Street and continue east to 15th Avenue NE. The UW campus begins at the corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE.


  • Driving South: Heading south on Interstate 5, take the NE 45th Street exit. Turn left onto NE 45th Street and continue east to 15th Avenue NE. The UW campus begins at the corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE.

Central Plaza Parking Garage

To park in the Central Plaza Parking Garage, take a right onto 15th Avenue NE. Continue south on 15th Avenue NE until you reach NE 41st Street. The parking garage entrance will be on your left. Stop at Gate 1, pay attendant and park where directed. Once you have parked in the garage, find the corridor labeled "Gerberding Hall" (southeast corner of the garage) and take the stairs up to Red Square. You will then need to head south between Suzzallo Library and Gerberding Hall. Johnson Hall will be on your right hand side. (Note: Accessible entrances to the Central Plaza Parking Garage can be found in both Kane Hall and Odegaard Library.)

Please note that prorated refunds are only available with cash payments. Depending on other other events taking place on campus, a special event parking rate may be in effect when you arrive. For complete details on parking at the University of Washington, please visit the Commuter Services website.

Alternatives to the Central Plaza Parking Garage

To enter through the west entrance of campus, keep heading south on 15th Avenue NE until you reach NE 40th Street and turn left. Once at Gate 5, tell the parking attendant that you wish to park near Johnson Hall.

Unloading At Johnson Hall

To load/unload at Johnson Hall, turn right onto 15th Avenue NE. Continue on until NE 40th Street and take a left. Stop at Gate 5 for a load/unload permit and a parking permit if needed. Then proceed until you reach a stop sign. Continue through the stop sign and you'll come to a turnaround. On the south side of the turnaround there will be a driveway which leads to the Johnson Hall loading area. Park in the space labeled "Loading Only." Please remember to move your vehicle to a designated parking area after unloading.