UW Retiree Privileges

In appreciation and recognition of your service, UW retirees are entitled to a range of privileges from the University and select partner organizations. All privileges described below also extend to the surviving spouse or partner.


Once your retirement is final, get your Retiree Husky Card. It’s the key to unlocking many of your UW retiree privileges. Contact a Husky Card Office for more information.



Your UW NetID—the username portion of your UW email address— is permanent and does not change when you retire. Keep track of it and your password—you will use them to access online UW resources long after your retirement date. Learn more about NetIDs, recover your NetID, or reset your password on the UW-IT website.



All retirees may keep their UW email address. Retired staff and academic personnel who are not emeriti will need to set their UW email address to forward to an outside email account. This will mean that people can continue to send you messages using your @uw.edu address, but the messages will be delivered to the inbox of the outside email account you’ve designated. Learn more and set up your email forwarding.

Faculty and librarians who are granted emeriti status by their departments may continue to send and receive email directly from their UW account.

Learn more about how to migrate your email messages and folders.

IT for UW Retirees

As part of our annual Retiree Resource Fair, our colleagues in UW-IT provide an overview of technology-related access and privileges for UW retirees. Click the play button to watch the video!


Your access to other technology services, including Zoom, Canvas, Panopto, Trumba, UW Google Services, Office 365, and software licensed through UW will depend on your affiliation with the UW and any ongoing work you may perform for the University. Consult UW-IT’s Retiree Guide for detailed information and options for maintaining access.



Retirees receive complimentary parking on all three UW campuses. The parking privilege extends to the retiree’s spouse or partner, with or without the retiree present, so long as you park only one car on campus on any given day. Retirees who have elected to be re-hired must pay for parking when on campus for work-related reasons. Retirees receive complimentary parking on football game days and during other special campus events, with the exception of specific lots located near Husky Stadium. Please refer to the Transportation Services website for the most up-to-date information.

On the Seattle campus, you may show your Husky Card at a staffed gate or reserve parking on the day of your trip to campus using the online system. Retirees are eligible to park in any available space in any unrestricted lot, even if you have obtained a permit for a different lot.

On the Bothell campus, you may park in any available, unrestricted space. You will need to enter a special coupon code into the automated pay stations located throughout campus; you may obtain this code by contacting our office at 206.543.8600 or retiremt@uw.edu.

On the Tacoma campus, first register as a retiree using the online form. Once your retiree status is verified, UWT Transportation Services will provide instructions on how to use your parking privilege.

Learn more about retiree parking policies and procedures.


Parking for Retirees

Have questions about how to access your parking privilege? Watch the video recorded at our annual Retiree Resource Fair for answers!


The UW-subsidized UPass is not available to retirees. However, retirees over 65 can obtain a Senior Regional Reduced Fare Permit, which entitles the bearer to $1 rides on participating transit agencies throughout the Puget Sound area.

Learn more about the reduced fare permit.



You will retain full privileges in all UW Libraries when you retire. When you visit in person, use your Retiree Husky Card to check out items. Online, your UW NetID gives you access to searches, online materials, databases and e-journals.

Learn more about your library access and borrowing privileges.



UW retirees are eligible for a free digital subscription to The New York Times through the UW Libraries campus-wide subscription. You must renew your access every four years. If you already have a paid personal subscription, you can transfer it to a free UW-based subscription.

Learn more and get your digital subscription.



Use your Retiree Husky Card to receive faculty/staff pricing for ArtsUW performances, including offerings from the Dance program, Meany Center for the Performing Arts, the School of Drama, and the School of Music. Senior discounts for these programs are also available.

Learn more about upcoming performances and purchase tickets.



Enjoy free admission to the Burke Museum and Henry Art Gallery by showing your Retiree Husky Card. One free admission per card, per visit.




All UW retirees may purchase Husky Sports season tickets, including football and men’s and women’s basketball, at faculty/staff rates. To obtain the discount, visit the Husky Ticket Office in person or call 206.543.2200.

UWRA members may purchase discounted single-game tickets to select events. Find upcoming dates on our events calendar.



Purchase a membership or single use pass for the Intramural Activities Building, receive discounted boat rental at the Waterfront Activities Center, or receive discounted rates on buckets of balls at the Golf Range, by showing your Retiree Husky Card.



Reserve courts up to six days in advance at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at faculty/staff rates.



UW retirees have full access to the classes and resources offered through The Whole U.


Accessing Deals & Discounts

For more information on how to make the most of your Retiree Husky Card and the discounts it unlocks, watch this helpful video from the Retiree Resource Fair.


UW retirees receive the faculty/staff discount of 20% on any book purchased directly from UW Press. Use the code WUWE and order online or by phone at 800.537.5487.



All Washington state residents aged 60+ may audit up to two courses per quarter for a $5 fee plus technology fee through the Access program sponsored by the State of Washington.

Learn more about the program, what classes are available, and how to register.



Share intellectual interests and make new friends through courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW. UWRA members receive additional discounts.

Learn more about the program, what classes are available, and how to register.


How the Access Program Works

Our colleagues from the Registrar’s Office joined the Retiree Resource Fair to answer all your questions about how to audit courses through the Access Program. Click to watch the video!