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Campus walk, anyone? Ten places you won’t want to miss

June 9, 2011

With graduation upon us, seniors across campus are enjoying their final, bittersweet days at UW. Throughout this week, we’ve all witnessed the aftermath of department ceremonies, from family photos in Red Square to four-year-old nieces and nephews galloping across the Quad, attempting to escape the family photos. And afterward, we watch as they give their guests one last tour of UW. So graduates, this post is dedicated to you. Take a trip down memory lane, and reminisce on the top ten places that make UW an experience you’ll never forget. Enjoy 🙂

Sylvan Grove Theater

Sylvan Grove Theater

1. Sylvan Theater. This grassy knoll is one of the most beautiful places on campus. I wouldn’t be surprised if many graduates tromping through will get married here in the future (it’s been done before, and it’s pretty adorable).

Red Square

2. The brick “benches” in the middle of Red Square. It’s less about the benches, and more about the location. While sitting, standing, pacing or sunbathing on them, look at the people passing by. You most likely won’t know anyone. Yet by simply going to UW, you have more in common with them than you do with most people on the planet.

Waterfront Activities Center

Waterfront Activities Center

3. The Waterfront Activities Center. So it may not be a place you visit very often, but on a beautiful, sunny day, there is nothing better than paddling a cheap canoe with friends.


The Quad



4. The Quad. Not including the Quad on a list of great places on campus would legitimately be treason. It’s almost as bad as bedecking yourself in Husky gear and yelling during the middle of the Apple Cup, “GOOOOO COUGARS.” Again, it’s not that bad, but alllllmost.

Condon Hall HUB

Condon Hall

5. Condon. Again, it’s less about the building and more about its purpose. With the current renovation of the HUB, the entire Student Activities Office–which maintains over 700 Registered Student Organizations–functions within Condon. That’s undeniably impressive.

University Avenue

image via earthen awareness

6. The Ave. A student’s paradise, enjoy it while it lasts.

UW E1 Parking Lot

image via Brads Blog

7. The E-1 Parking Lot. With a fabulous view of Mount Rainier and Husky Stadium, nothing screams Husky Pride like the memories of E-1.

Memorial Way

image via The Subtlety of Grandness

8. The various air vents/large things that blow hot air. For example, there’s one on Memorial Way near the bus stop. On a clear night in November, chatting atop these warmth-givers will always bring memorable experiences.

UW Tower View South

image via flickr: RJL20

9. The Magnolia Room. If you haven’t been here, the top of the UW Tower provides a breathtaking sight to behold. I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t visited, but it will make you appreciate the UW even more.

And last but not least…

Rainier Vista University of Washington

10. Rainier Vista. It’s one of the quintessential, cliché UW locations, but it’s like that for a reason. Nothing will ever surpass the beauty of Drumheller Fountain and Mount Rainier, and when we look back on our time at UW, this unforgettable place will never fail to make us smile.

What are your favorite locations on campus?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Candice permalink
    June 9, 2011 8:17 pm

    My personal favorite is Rainier Vista on a clear day. It is absolutely breathtaking! Another place I like, the view from Husky Stadium towards Lake Washington when the boats are tailgating. Need to include that one in the top 10 for sure! 🙂

  2. Kristin Barrero permalink
    June 10, 2011 10:50 am

    Thanks for posting this! As I set in Chicago missing Seattle, it’s been a long 7 years since living there for 7 years, and I definitely miss my time at the UW! Love the memories and Congratulations Graduates!!!!!!

  3. Brian Howell permalink
    June 10, 2011 10:52 am

    My absolute favorite place on campus is the large study room on the second floor of Suzzallo Library. It was my first choice for a great place to study, sleep and just quiet reading. Suzzallo is one of the most comfortable places on campus.

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