Please note that ongoing construction on I-5 around the City Center exits frequently changes the best route to campus. We advise checking your route with a mapping app before you leave to find the best route.
From I-5 Northbound (coming from Lakewood or Olympia): Take Exit 132 to SR16/S. 38th Street and stay in the righthand lane. Just before the exit curves to join SR16, take the righthand ramp marked “I-5/Downtown Tacoma”. Stay in that lane to reach the exit for I-705/City Center. From I-705 take the South 21st Street exit. Turn left at the traffic light onto 21st Street. Go through the light at Pacific Avenue and the campus will be on your right.
From I-5 Southbound (coming from Federal Way or Seattle): Take Exit 135 to Portland Avenue and stay to the right. Turn right onto Portland Avenue. Then after the next light, turn left to merge onto SR509 to City Center. Continue through the light at Pacific Avenue and the campus will be on your right.
UW Tacoma is directly served by three transit agencies.
1: 6th Ave – Pacific Ave
42: McKinley Ave- Downtown Tacoma
41: Portland Ave-Downtown Tacoma
400: Puyallup-Downtown Tacoma
Get off on Pacific Ave and S 19th St and Cross the street to the UWT campus
3: Lakewood- Tacoma
Get off on Jefferson Ave S and S 19th St and Cross the street to the UWT campus
57: Tacoma Mall- Hilltop- S 19th St
16: TCC- Downtown Tacoma
48: Sheridan- M St – Downtown Tacoma
2: Bridgeport- S 19th St
11: Pt Defiance
Get off at Commerce St Transfer area then walk toward the link loading area in front of the Mad Hatter Tea Co. From there catch the link and get off at the second stop (Across from the many steps on the right)
28: TCC- 13th St and Market St
Get off at 13th St and Market St and Walk down than cross to the left on Commerce St
212: Steilacoom- Lakewood Town Center
214: Pierce College- Steilacoom- Lakewood Town Center
Get off at the Lakewood Town Center and catch the 2 to Downtown Tacoma
10: Pearl St- TCC
100: Gig Harbor- TCC
Get off at TCC and Catch the 1 and get off at Pacific Ave and S 19th St