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Access Guide

The access guide provides information on accessible entrances and facilities for buildings on the University of Washington Seattle campus.

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Printable campus mobility route map

The updated version of our Access Guide is a work in progress. In future iterations we plan on including an improved system for linking to specific buildings, and better using GIS tools to make the map easier to update and more usable. The new map will use a color-coding scheme to indicate which buildings have updated accessibility information.

Campus Terrain

The campus is deceptively steep, rising from Lake Washington on the east to an elevation of 224 feet at the northwest corner, a rise equal to an 18 story building. The campus is also relatively large, about 15 blocks north to south and 25 blocks east to west. The University, therefore, encourages wheelchair users to consider using power-operated wheelchairs on campus.

Since the University is located on a sloping site, many of the pedestrian ways have conditions that do not meet accessibility requirements for slope, duration, surface and rails. Individuals may need to experience a given route to determine if it is accessible for them.

Accessibility Barriers

The University of Washington wants every student, staff member and visitor to be able to enjoy our beautiful campus and get where they need to go without frustration.
Report a Barrier to Access

Who is Eligible to Use This Service?
Campus Visitors (without a NetID)