University Marketing & Communications

Guidelines for independent or commercial filming and photography at or about the University of Washington

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington for your upcoming film, video or photography production. Our campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, Bothell and other properties present a wide variety of possibilities. To get started, please fill out the Filming Request Form.

Location Agreement

A signed location agreement is required to film or photograph non-UW use productions on any University property. This includes movies and television, commercial videos, student films, festival or independent films, advertising, and internet use.

The location agreement may be approved when all the following requirements have been met.

  • The Filming Request Form is submitted at least three (3) weeks prior to your filming or photo date.
  • Specific dates and locations are available and approved by the University’s Director of Brand Management.
  • A Certificate of Insurance is received no less than three (3) business days prior to filming.
  • UW Transportation Services approves a parking plan for both production vehicles and private cars.

FAQs

We do not allow use of the UW brand in any non-UW production, nor the use of iconic UW locations: the Reading Room in Suzzallo Library, the Rainier Vista view which includes Drumheller Fountain and Mt. Rainier, and the Block W statues located at entrances to all of our campuses. These locations are considered “branded” and unique to the UW.

Filming cannot interfere with normal University business and/or previously scheduled University events. Therefore we do not allow filming in classrooms during the Fall, Winter or Spring academic quarters.

Athletics. Requests for filming in the Athletics Village should be directed to their facility rental team.

UW Medicine. The UW’s hospitals and medical centers are active spaces all year, and are not available for filming. We do not have “model” surgery or patient care rooms available.

Weddings. Location agreements are not required for outdoor wedding photography, as long as it does not disrupt regular UW business or academics. Wedding photography in one of our indoor spaces does require approval prior to use. Check here for more information on outdoor campus locations.

Drones. The University is currently reviewing our unmanned aircraft systems policy (UAS). Certified UAS pilots should adhere to all FAA regulations while on UW property. Non-commercial pilots are expected to adhere to the FAA’s Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).

Fees

Filming

up to 6 hours $750
up to 12 hours $1,500
up to 24 hours $3,000

Photography

1–2 hours $200
up to 6 hours $600
up to 12 hours $1200

Room Rentals

Rentals fees are additional and vary depending on room and requirements.

Parking

Parking can be paid in bulk for all vehicles, and must be arranged in advance. Fees are generally $17 per day per vehicle. Coned locations are an extra $17 per vehicle.

Contact

Please contact Alanya Cannon, Director of Brand Management, Campus Filming and University Photography at alcan@uw.edu or 206-616-5535 for more detailed information.