Parents & Families

Student health and safety

The University of Washington is committed to providing a healthy and safe living and learning environment for your student. There are many services your son or daughter can access at the University.  College is a great time to start talking to your student about taking responsibility for their wellness.

The Hall Health Center is an on-campus outpatient clinic offering comprehensive care to University of Washington students, UW employees, and the general public.  Students are automatically eligible for many valuable health services, which are available at no further cost to UW Seattle campus students who pay the quarterly Student Activities Fee along with their tuition.

Many parents have questions regarding which services are covered through tuition fees as well as how insurance works at Hall Health. For more information visit Hall Health for UW-Seattle students and their families. Students in need of insurance can look into the Student Health Insurance Plan, a voluntary plan offered to UW students and their dependents.

Additional wellness services are offered by the Health and Wellness Center, a unit within the division of Student Life.  Health and Wellness offers free services to students to support their academic careers by building relationships and plans for success. Staff also work with faculty and staff as well as families developing individualized care plans and intervention strategies for students who may be struggling for a variety of reasons.  Programs available to students through the Health and Wellness Center include:

The Counseling Center provides confidential assistance with adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and a variety of other challenges that can affect a student’s academic progress. The psychologists and mental health counselors on staff provide individual, couple, group, and career counseling.  There is no charge for most services.  The Counseling Center also provides consultation to faculty, staff, and parents who have concerns about a student.

Disability Resources for Students (DRS) has been dedicated to ensuring the access and inclusion of students with disabilities on the Seattle campus enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate, professional, Evening Degree and Access programs for over 30 years. Currently, approximately 1,000 students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities partner with our office to establish services for their access and inclusion on our campus

Along side the University of Washington Police, the campus safety campaign SafeCampus, fosters a safe and secure UW campus community. UW faculty, staff, and students share the responsibility of carrying out its mission. Students even have the opportunity to learn to recognize concerning behaviors and how to respond appropriately in order to prevent violence in a free 50 minute training session.