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Traveling to UW for orientation

hazel12hazel12 10 replies3 threads New Member
edited July 2013 in University of Washington
Hello! So my orientation is fast approaching (July 9-10), and I'm quite worried about how I will be traveling to UW. I plan to take the Bolt Bus from the Portland area up to Seattle. Once there, I'm pretty lost on what to do. The Seattle station is at 5th Ave S & S King St
Seattle, WA 98104. I'm just wondering what would be the best way to get to UW? I was possibly thinking of taking a transit bus, but I'm not exactly sure which line to take.
If any of you know your way around Seattle, I would appreciate your help. This is my first time going to Seattle by myself, and I'm scared of getting lost!
edited July 2013
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  • PrincipessaAnnaPrincipessaAnna 59 replies7 threads Junior Member
    From 5th Ave S & S King St, you can go down into the International District Station transit tunnel and get the 71, 72 or 73 to the University District. It will cost you $2.50 (and they do accept dollar bills). You'll get off at the Brooklyn Ave. and NE Campus Pkwy stop. The bus ride is about 20-25 minutes, depending on the time of day.
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  • PrincipessaAnnaPrincipessaAnna 59 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Tiny addendum: You'll need the Northbound transit tunnel entrance. There are big signs above the stairs/escalators indicating if the buses are north or southbound.
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  • hazel12hazel12 10 replies3 threads New Member
    @PrincipessaAnna: Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it. And just wondering, would it be the same thing in reverse when I'm going back to the bus station from UW?
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  • PrincipessaAnnaPrincipessaAnna 59 replies7 threads Junior Member
    You're welcome hazel! Yes, the bus stop going back Downtown/to the International District Station is across the street @ NE Campus Pkwy and 12th Ave. Take the 71, 72 or 73 to the International District station, which is the last stop.
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  • hazel12hazel12 10 replies3 threads New Member
    Okay great! Thanks again for the help! I feel more confident traveling around Seattle now :)
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    PrincessAnna gave great advice.

    Also, since I'm a visual person I thought I'd add a note. When you arrive @ UW it should stop right in front of Alder Hall. There will be a grocery store (District Market) /coffee shop (husky grind) right there.

    FYI, if you're into coffee at all, the husky grind is surprisingly good. I miss ordering my fav: marionberry soy latte. yum
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    Oh..and when you're ready to go back the stop is in front of Elm Hall. Directly behind where you wait for the bus is a workout facility for students living on campus. On the other side of the building is Cultivate (a restaurant).

    I haven't been to Cultivate since their soft opening, but I remember it being really good and really cheap. https://www.hfs.washington.edu/dining/Default.aspx?id=3594
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  • hazel12hazel12 10 replies3 threads New Member
    Thanks for the tip travelgirl! I'm also a visual person, so that helps as well. And I think I'll go check out the husky grind since I have a couple hours to kill when I get to UW!

    PrincessAnna gave a pretty good estimate on how long a bus ride is but I was wondering if a full hour would be enough time? Orientation ends at 4:30, and I'm catching a train at 5:30pm (which I believe the Amtrak station is in the same area as the bus station).

    Thanks again for all the help guys!
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  • AmicaMomAmicaMom 175 replies6 threads Junior Member
    You can look at these locations on Google Maps, and go to the streetview icon. Then you'll easily recognize the location when you see it in person.
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  • PrincipessaAnnaPrincipessaAnna 59 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @hazel12: I checked the Seattle Metro Trip Planner (if you want to try it out yourself, you can use "University of Washington" as your starting point and "Amtrak Seattle" as your destination) and here is the schedule:

    4:36pm 73 bus arrives at 5:03
    4:44pm 71 bus arrives at 5:16

    I'd try to make the 4:36 if I were you - that will give you enough time in case the bus is late. Maybe leave orientation a few minutes early to make sure you get to the bus stop in time.
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