Walking to Campus

If you've been to campus, then you're no stranger to walking at the University of Washington. With its network of pathways, amazing views and historic landmarks, walking is by far the most popular way to get around campus. But have you thought about extending your walking experience to a commute to campus?

Walking: what's in it for me?

  • Reduce blood cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase cardiovascular endurance
  • Boost bone strength
  • Burn calories and keep weight down
  • Save time and money getting around on campus
  • Enjoy the natural beauty around you
  • Have fun!

Choosing your route

Just because a route works well for cars or buses doesn't necessarily mean it’s the most convenient or comfortable when you’re traveling on foot. Fortunately, there are many great resources to help you find walking routes that work for you. For the most enjoyment, look for routes with low car traffic. The absence of cars will make your walk a lot more pleasant! The Burke-Gilman Trail is the region's premier multi-use trail; it offers a pathway under I-5 separate from car traffic and connects to a number of area attractions including Husky Stadium, the UW Medical Center, and University Village. Here are a few more resources to get your feet moving:

Campus Showers and Clothes Lockers

Need a place to shower or change after your invigorating walk to campus? Faculty and staff with IMA memberships and all students can use the shower facilities at the IMA. Call 206-543-4590 for details. Several other campus buildings have shower and/or clothing locker facilities. Contact your building coordinator about availability.

Other pages of interest

Calculate your commute

Use this interactive web-based application to explore how your commute choices affect the cost, CO2 output and calories burned by your commute. Created by UW students, funded by the Campus Sustainability Fund, and supported by UW Transportation Services and the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability (ESS) office, the site gives commuters a new tool for making commuting choices.