Office of the University Registrar

Residency Contact Information for UW Seattle Students

The Residency Office now offers scheduled appointments. We are also open for drop-in visits on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Schedule an appointment

Before scheduling an appointment, please go to our website and thoroughly review the information provided. All necessary forms/applications, as well as the answers to most basic questions about the requirements and processes, can be found there. During high-demand times, appointment length is limited to 15 minutes — coming prepared with a list of specific questions will help make the most of your time.

When you arrive for your appointment, please go to the waiting area outside the 225 windows on the 2nd floor of Schmitz Hall. You do not need to check in at the kiosk. Your name will be called when it is your appointment time.

Note that submission of Residency Questionnaires, Residency Affidavits, and all tuition waiver eligibility forms should be done via the white residency drop box on the 2nd floor of Schmitz Hall or via the mail. We will not review these documents during an appointment.

If you are not located in the greater Seattle area and need to make a phone appointment, please include this in the “your note” section of the appointment form, and be sure to include your phone number.

Important Note: If you are the parent/relative of a current or newly-admitted UW student, we will be unable to discuss that student’s residency status or application with you due to federal and state privacy laws. Please have your student schedule an appointment.

Drop-in Advising

Wednesdays, 10: a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Check in at the kiosk on the 2nd floor of Schmitz Hall. Drop-in appointments last up to ten minutes, and are intended for quick residency or ELPR questions and citizenship status updates only.

Email Advising

To send a question to a Residency adviser, email Our goal is to respond to email inquiries within 5 business days. For pressing or complicated advising questions, please schedule an appointment.

What to expect in an appointment about Residency

The primary role of our office is to determine whether students have demonstrated that they have met the requirements to be classified as a Washington State resident for tuition purposes. We offer information and clarifications about how the requirements and processes for students to demonstrate their residency may apply to particular complicated circumstances. However, we cannot tell you how to become a resident, make a residency determination, or project the outcome of your residency application during an appointment.

Where to submit residency questionnaires and paperwork

By Express Mail

University of Washington
Residence Classification Office
226 Schmitz Hall
1410 NE Campus Pkwy
Seattle, WA 98195

By Standard Mail

University of Washington
Residence Classification Office
Box 355850
Seattle, WA 98195-5850

By Drop Box (Seattle campus)

The Residency Office drop box is located on the second floor of Schmitz Hall near Room 224. The box is white with a purple paw print.
1410 NE Campus Pkwy
Seattle, WA 98195

For UW Bothell students:

University of Washington, Bothell
Office of the Registrar
Box 358500
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

For UW Tacoma students:

University of Washington, Tacoma
Office of the Registrar
Mattress Factory 253
Box 358400
Tacoma, WA 98402