Nearby Resources

Location of closest hospital

The closest hospital is the UW Medical Center, which is less than ½ mile south of the main event buildings on the UW campus. It is a feasible short walk.

UW Medical Center is ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

EMS response time to site

A quick review of historical records from the Seattle Fire Department shows average response time to the area of the event is 5 minutes or less.

The King County EMS and Medic One system is recognized nationally as a model system in providing emergency care.

Trauma level

UW Medical Center is not designated as a trauma center by King County.

The nearest trauma center is its sibling facility, Harborview Medical Center, which has the regional Level I trauma center covering the three Pacific Northwest states and Alaska. Harborview is about 5 miles south of the site, just south of downtown Seattle.

Walk-in clinic or urgent care center available nearby

The UW Medical Center has an urgent care center.

Distance to closest town or city

The site is within the city of Seattle, in the University District neighborhood.

Grocery stores

There are a few small grocery stores on University Ave., two blocks west of the site. The nearest supermarket is the Safeway at 4732 Brooklyn Ave., about ½ mile northwest of the site.

Hardware stores

The nearest hardware store is Hardwick’s at 4214 Roosevelt Way NE, which carries a wide and eclectic variety of stuff. There is also University TrueValue Hardware at 4731 University Way NE.

Laundry facilities

There are laundry facilities in the on-campus housing we’ll be arranging.

The nearest laundromat is the University Laundry Center, which provides validated parking and has free WiFi. They provide walk-in coin-op laundry as well as a drop-off service.

Hotels and accommodations

Our primary accommodation will be on-campus housing arranged through University of Washington Conference Services.


Also convenient to the site is the College Inn, a small hotel just two blocks west. The inn is non-smoking and has rooms with one or two beds above a popular neighborhood pub. There are shared bathrooms on each floor, and no parking is provided. Users on Expedia give it mixed reviews. Rates quoted on the web site range from $50 for a single room with one twin bed to $80 for a room with two double beds. Rates are single-occupancy; additional guests are $10 each. The hotel has only 27 rooms and does not appear to offer group rates. There is apparently a wedding party renting most of the rooms the weekend of the event.

More conventional hotels within walking distance include the University Inn, 5 blocks west of the site, with rooms running from $99-$135 per night, single occupancy; its sibling, the Watertown Hotel, 6 blocks northwest, with rates of $145-$195 per night, single occupancy; and the Hotel Deca (formerly the University Tower Hotel, completing a renovation), 8 blocks northwest, with rates currently quoted at $169 to $269 per night. There are several other hotels within a short drive of the site.