Whether you're across the street or down the hill, you're all our neighbors. The North End is a tight-knit community that we're proud to be part of.

We know it's important that our neighbors know what's happening on campus, from special events and performances to facilities closures and something else. It's also important that we know what's going on in the neighborhood. Here are two ways you can get (and stay) informed:

  • University District Committee Meetings: Attend a UDC meeting, typically once a semester, to learn about projects and activities on and around campus. This is also your chance to ask questions, make suggestions, and express concerns to Puget Sound staff members. Contact us if you would like to be notified of the next meeting.
  • North End Neighborhood Council: These monthly meetings offer community members an opportunity to band together to improve their immediate surroundings through partnership with each other and the city. The council meets on the first Monday of each month in Trimble Forum at 6 p.m. 

From 6th Ave. to Commencement Bay

Our campus community members are already active in the business districts that border campus, from 6th Avenue to Proctor to Old Town. Building on this we continue to seek opportunities to deepen that involvement through sustainability projects, recruiting students for volunteer work in the districts, and free business consulting assistance through the School of Business and Leadership student projects

Modeling neighborly behavior

While students are responsible for their own behavior when living off campus, we communicate with them regarding serious or repeated offensive behavior that violates university policy or adversely impacts the neighborhood in a significant manner.

Generally we encourage neighbors to speak directly with students before contacting the university, however, should issues persist, you may contact John Hickey to discuss concerns.

For issues that arise outside of normal business hours, neighbors should immediately contact 911 to address concerns that warrant police department response; e.g. noise issues, party related disturbances, crime, or personal safety concerns. For more detailed information visit the university's neighbor complaint policy page.

Many community members visit the Puget Sound campus and bring along their favorite four-legged friends. While we welcome all visitors to campus wholeheartedly, the university wants all visitors to feel safe and enjoy their time when they come here. Dogs running loose create concerns for others, so if you walk your dog on campus, please be a good neighbor and keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times, and please clean up after your dog. The city leash ordinance applies on campus. The university and other neighbors appreciate your observance of this ordinance and request.

Guidelines for Visiting Photographers and Videographers

We welcome visitors to Puget Sound and invite (and expect) them to take photos or video of our picturesque campus for personal use. Often community members and area photographers/videographers—both amateur and professional—wish to utilize campus in their work. In all cases we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Schedule in advance. If you or your photographer would like to use the Puget Sound campus as one of your locations, please contact John Hickey at hickey@pugetsound.edu at least 10 days in advance of your desired date. Please provide the date, time, and preferred campus location at that time.
  • Identify yourself and show photo ID If approached and requested by a campus security officer or university official.
  • Do not interrupt or disrupt the normal business of the college, including scheduled events, activities, and conferences.
  • You may not photograph University of Puget Sound students, faculty, or staff without prior written consent.
  • Keep to public areas. Much of campus is open to the public, but access to some areas is restricted for the safety of campus members and our guests. For example the area around the president's house, at the corner of N. 18th and Union, is off limits. If you are unsure which areas are restricted, contact the community engagement manager for clarification.
  • Do not move furniture or equipment, or alter campus landscaping.

Anyone taking pictures or video of Puget Sound students or faculty/staff members, campus grounds or buildings, or university property, including vehicles and equipment, without prior authorization, or who refuses to provide photo identification when asked, will be instructed to cease photographing/recording immediately and asked to leave campus.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, contact John Hickey at hickey@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.3530.