Parking and Directions

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The University of Washington Tacoma campus is located at the south end of downtown Tacoma, across the street from the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Federal Courthouse.

Click here to find us on Google Maps.

To get to UW Tacoma from Interstate 5:

  • Take exit 133 (Tacoma City Center) onto I-705.
  • Follow signs to I-705.
  • From I-705, take the first exit to S. 21st Street.
  • At the light at the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto S. 21st Street.
  • The next traffic light is Pacific Avenue. When you cross Pacific Avenue, the campus is on your right.


There are a number of pay parking lots on and around campus. Most street parking on campus is metered and limited to 90 minutes. You can park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station Garage and ride the free Link light rail to campus. Keep in mind that, on weekdays, this garage is often full between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Parking passes can be purchased ahead of time on an hourly or daily basis for your guests. Be sure to ask about adding this option when you book with us.

For more information on lots around UW Tacoma and rates for parking, please visit UW Tacoma's Transportation Services Page.

Campus parking map