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If you’re coming to the UW for the first time — or returning after a being away for a quarter or more — there are several steps you should take to stay safe and have a successful start to the quarter.

The checklists below provide details on what you should do before returning and what you should bring with you.

For every student:

For every student

What to do before coming to campus

  1. Get vaccinated (and boosted) against COVID-19 and complete your student COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation.
  2. Consider enrolling in Husky Coronavirus Testing (HCT) — HCT is a research study and participation is voluntary.
  3. Activate WA-Exposure Notification on your mobile device.
  4. Get a flu vaccine. You can get a shot before coming to campus or can get vaccinated on campus.
  5. Familiarize yourself with resources for students to make your time at the UW safe and successful.

What to bring with you

  1. Face coverings (surgical masks, KN95, N95), which are strongly recommended in indoor public spaces the first two weeks of the quarter; masks will also be available on campus.
  2. Hand sanitizer for use when it isn’t possible to wash hands with soap and water
  3. Cleaning supplies and disinfectants for high-touch surfaces inside your living space
  4. A thermometer so you can take your temperature and monitor any symptoms
  5. COVID-19 antigen (rapid) tests for use in the event you develop symptoms or get exposed. Washington state residents are eligible to receive 10 free test kits per month delivered to their home. Tests are also available on UW campuses at no cost.
  6. Contact information saved on your personal device:

Important health considerations as you return to campus

Get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving to your residence hall, Greek housing or other place of residence. PCR and antigen tests are available on and near UW campuses. If you test positive, report your positive test result to the University and follow the guidance in the UW COVID-19 Public Health Flowchart.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or become ill within 5 days of your planned return to campus, whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, you MUST self-isolate in place before traveling or coming to the UW. Additionally, contact your advisor and instructors to make coursework arrangements.

Follow the CDC travel guidelines for international and domestic travel.


If you have questions about your courses, please contact your college, school, department or instructor.

Students needing accommodations and/or auxiliary aids due to a disability or temporary health condition should contact Disability Resources for Students at the Bothell, Seattle, or Tacoma campuses.

Questions about on-campus housing can be addressed by Housing & Food Services on the Seattle campus, Housing & Residential Life at UW Bothell and Housing & Residence Life at UW Tacoma.

Finally, for all other coronavirus-related questions, please visit the COVID-19 FAQ.