SpaceScout FAQ

What is SpaceScout?

SpaceScout is an application designed to help students at the University of Washington find campus study spaces that meet specific criteria. It is currently available as a native iOS application and as a mobile-optimized web application that can be accessed from any desktop computer or mobile device.

Features include:

  • Campus Chooser — Select which campus you'd like to view.
  • Map of Campus — Zoomed out, the pins show the number of spaces in campus buildings. Zoom in to see the specific location of spaces.
  • List View — Includes a photo of each study space, location, type of space, and number of seats.
  • Filter — Filter your map or list: specify type of space, room capacity, hours, whether the room can be reserved, and location. You can also filter by environmental features: noise level, lighting, equipment available, and whether there's food/coffee nearby.
  • Space Details View — Learn more about each space: view photos, see when it’s open, find out what kind of resources are available, and find out how to get there.
  • Favorites List — Keep track of spaces you like and want to visit.
  • Reviews and Ratings — Read what others have to say about a space, or report your own experience.
  • Share a Space — Email space details to friends or teammates so everyone knows where to meet.

Currently, the app includes over 200 spaces on UW-Seattle campus and 70 spaces at UW-Tacoma. With building renovations, remodels, and upgrades continually changing the landscape of learning resources on campus, SpaceScout provides a single place to go for up-to-date information on spaces that can help students accomplish their work.  

Can I reserve a room using SpaceScout?

Not at this time. Some spaces can be reserved via the space owner's website or by emailing the space owner. When you are viewing a space that can be reserved, you'll find information on how to do so in the space details screen.

Something is wrong with a space. What do I do?

Email us at to let us know the problem, or use the "report a problem with this space" button or link at the bottom of the space details screen. We want to know about inaccurate descriptions as well as non-functioning features of a space.

Why is my favorites list on the Web app incomplete or empty?

To synch the favorites list on your iOS app with favorites on the Web app, go to your iOS app and log in. When you return to the Web app, the favorites list should show all the spaces you have added as favorites.

I have an idea for a new feature. Can I tell you about it?

Great! Please send email to to let us know what else you'd like to see!

Can I suggest spaces to add?

Know a space we should add? Suggest it!

As a space owner, how do I remove spaces from the app?

Contact our admin and data management team by emailing

Who built SpaceScout?

SpaceScout was developed by UW Information Technology in collaboration with UW Libraries, Housing and Food Services, and UW Computing Directors, and funded in part by the Student Technology Fee Committee.

When was SpaceScout released?

SpaceScout was released to UW Seattle as a native iOS application in August 2012, and as a web application designed for use on desktop computers or mobile devices in October 2012. UW Tacoma spaces were added in June 2013, and UW Bothell spaces will be added during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Is SpaceScout open source?

Yes, all components of SpaceScout are available on GitHub. See our GitHub Page for more information on the open source project.

Last modified: September 16, 2014