HUB Games Questions

How will HUB Games operate now that HUB Games re-opened for Winter 2021?

Are events being held or reservations being taken during COVID?

HUB Games is now open for the UW Community (Husky Card required).  There will be no group events or group reservations taken for events in Winter 2021.  HUB Games is accepting reservations for UW group events held in April 2021 or later.

Can guests bowl in Winter 2021?

HUB Games will be open for bowling groups of 2 to bowl using the activity reservation form.
To sign up for a doubles league team visit our Bowling pageLeagues are open to UW Community members only (Husky Card required).

Can guests bowl if they are not in the bowling league?

Yes, as long as guests are a UW student, staff or faculty member with a valid Husky Card.  Reserving bowling lanes should be done in advance via our activity reservation form, or by calling HUB Games at 206-543-5975.
Note: Same-day reservations via phone or reservation form may be approved when lanes are available.

Can guests play video games/pool/table tennis or esports?

HUB Games is open, by reservation, for the UW Community to play video games, pool or table tennis.  Each activity is limited to two players. All guests should schedule a reservation in advance to play.  To make a reservation simply fill out the activity reservation form or call 206.543.5975Note: A Husky Card will be required for both players.
Note: reservations may be the same day if there are available activities.

Are guests required to wear a face covering while bowling/gaming?

YES. Due to state regulations all guests MUST wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing at all times while in the building, even while in the act of bowling.  Guests will be allowed to remove coverings momentarily while in the act of drinking or eating an item purchased from HUB Games or the vending machines.

Are walk-ins allowed in Winter 2021?

Walk-in UW members are allowed, if space is available, however guests will be required to fill out the online activity reservation form before checking in at the HUB Games counter.  Note: A Husky Card will be required for both players.

Do guests need an activity reservation for every activity at HUB Games?

Yes, however if space is available UW members can fill out a reservation form when checking in at the HUB Games counter.  HUB Games is open for the UW community by reservation only.  All guests must schedule a reservation to play.  To make a reservation simply call 206.543.5975, or fill out the online form on the reservations page.  Note: A Husky Card will be required for both players.
Note: reservations may be the same day if there are available activities.

Can guests send an email to make an activity reservation for Winter 2021?

Not at this time.  Guests will be instructed to fill out our simple activity reservation form or by calling HUB Games at 206.543.5975.

May UW members make a same-day reservation?

Yes, however, UW members must make a reservation via our online reservation form either in advance or at HUB Games, or by calling HUB Games at 206.543.5975.

Note: reservations may be the same day if there are available activities, however this should be done after speaking with HUB Games staff to ensure availability.

Can UW members come in as a group of 3 or 4?

Activities are limited to 2 guests/players per bowling lane or table (pool or table tennis).  Groups of 3 or 4 will be split up to ensure physical distancing and limit groups to 2 players.  Due to state regulations, it is required that guests at one activity not mingle with guests on other activities (bowlers cannot visit guests on other lanes).

How do guests get into the HUB building itself during Winter 2021?

The HUB building is accessible via Husky Card.  All guests looking to enter the building, and visit HUB Games, must enter, and exit, through the North Entrance (closest to the Bike Shop).  Guests will need to be wearing a face covering and use their Husky Card for entrance.  Guests will also need to fill out an attestation form when entering the building.

What times is HUB Games closed during the day to perform a deep clean?

HUB Games is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm, however HUB Games may close each day from 12 to 12:30 and 2:30-3pm to perform a deep clean of all areas that were occupied since the last deep clean.  Reservations will not be made during these times.

What safety measures are being taken in Winter 2021?

To best ensure the safety of our UW Community, HUB Games is operating under restrictions even more limiting than has been approved by the state of Washington.  In addition to disinfecting and cleaning at opening, closing and between each customer HUB Games will also be doing the following:

  • Closing Daily 12-12:30 and 2:30-3 to clean all spaces that were occupied in the previous two hours and allow for extra ventilation of our spaces.
  • Disinfecting each gaming activity after every use (bowling balls, pool cues, controllers, table tennis paddles, etc.).
  • Making available only every other gaming activity (every other bowling lane and pool table).
  • Requiring all guests to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing from other groups at all times while in the facility
  • Limiting activities to reservation only to ensure capacity remains at the safest levels
  • Providing hand sanitizer throughout our facility
  • Foyer seating will be restricted to 1 UW member per table

Can guests eat while at HUB Games in Winter 2021?

For non-related guests sharing a bowling lane/table or console, food & beverage consumption must be spaced apart, maintaining 6’ physical distancing using the back counters or concourse tables. Guests may lower their face covering, of course, while eating/drinking, but must put the face covering back on immediately afterward.

How do Locker Rentals work in Winter 2021?

Can I access my locker during COVID?

Yes, locker access, and new rentals, are available under the following conditions. 


  • Dates: Monday-Friday, Began February 16, 2021
  • Times of Locker Access: 10am-5:30pm
  • Times of new Locker Rentals/Renewals: 10am-5pm (HUB Games’ hours)
  • Description of Pickup Process:
    • Masks & Attestations: To access the HUB visitors must bring their Husky Card and wear a face covering.  HUB staff will meet the visitor at the north entrance, check ID and provide the UW’s COVID-19 attestation form.  After ID is confirmed and attestation form is signed, guests may proceed to their locker, and, when finished, MUST leave the building using the north entrance.
    • Abandonment: If your locker is empty, or you no longer need the contents of your locker, please email with notification that we may cut your padlock and dispose of any contents.
    • Expired Locker?: Due to the concerns of COVID-19, and the phasing in process of reopening the state, no locker padlocks will be cut from lockers until March 30, 2021 even if a locker rental has expired.
    • Note: Locker rentals are restricted to UW Students, Staff and Faculty only (Husky Card ID required at time of rental)

Who are allowed to rent quarterly lockers from HUB Games?

Locker rentals are a service provided for UW Students, Staff and Faculty.  A current UW Husky Card will be required at time of rental.

Room Capacities at HUB Games

What is the capacity for the various spaces at HUB Games (Winter 2021 in parenthesis)?

  • Entire Place = The Quad: 300 comfortably (not available during Winter Quarter 2021)
  • Pool Hall: 150 | seated: 96 (16 during Winter Quarter 2021)
  • Party Room: 49 | seated: 29 (not available Winter 2021)
  • Console Arcade: 35 comfortably  (4 during Winter Quarter 2021)
  • Bowling Alley: 180 (12 during Winter Quarter 2021)
  • Esports Arena: 75 | computers: 39  (12 during Winter Quarter 2021)
  • Foyer: 34 seats + 2 benches   (10 seats, 1 per table during Winter Quarter 2021)
  • General Seating: 177 chairs/stools throughout entire HUB Games + 2 benches (not available during Winter 2021)

Rates & Payments

Are HUB Games hourly prices prorated?

Yes. All HUB Games prices are calculated to the minute, therefore, walk-in customers will only be charged for the amount of time they actually play.

What methods of payment are accepted?

HUB Games accepts cash, Husky Card (non-dining account), UW budgets, checks, credit and debit cards.

Can a UW ProCard be used to pay for a HUB Games rental?

No. UW Fiscal Services prohibits payment by University ProCard for any campus services including HUB Games. UW departments and student government entities must use a UW budget to pay for HUB Games reservations. Personal reservations may use debit or personal credit card.

How is pricing determined? Do I qualify for student, faculty/staff, or general rates?

UW Student Pricing: Applies to any reservation, regardless of payment method, for gatherings meant only for UW students and student organizations and their members.

  • UW Students must be currently registered in classes
  • RSOs must be currently registered through SAO and listed in RSO Directory
  • ASUW/GPSS entities must work with their SAO adviser for reservations & payments

UW Staff/Faculty Pricing: Applies to any reservation made by UW staff for official gatherings meant for their UW department and its staff -AND- paid via a UW budget.

Small Groups: Anyone reserving a few lanes, table tennis, or video games for themselves or a small group, regardless of payment method, will receive the pricing based on their status (student, staff, general).

Parties/Events: Any party (birthday, bar/bat-mitzvah, alumni, reunion, anniversary, retirement, social/happy hour, etc.) or event that is not affiliated with a student group or UW department (as defined above), or which is clearly open to non-UW community members, will be charged general rates regardless of the status of the person making the reservation.

Is there an alumni discount?

Not currently. The UW Alumni Association offers many benefits to UWAA members but, unfortunately, HUB Games is not one of them. Please refer to UWAA benefits webpage for additional information.

Esports FAQs

Can guests play their own games?

Yes. Guests simply wait a short time for a personal game to download with our conveniently fast internet speeds!

Is there somewhere guests can keep their backpack while gaming?

Yes. HUB Games has lockers available for checkout. UW Students, Staff and Faculty may rent a locker for one to four quarters.

Does it cost money to check out a headset?

No. Headset rentals only require an ID card.

Can guests use the Vive Pro VR systems?

Yes. Virtual reality can be used by making a reservation online at least one day in advance. However, both VR systems must be reserved.

Can I still play on the esports pc's if the pool hall or the entire HUB Games is closed for a reservation?

Yes, however guests are restricted from passing through the reserved areas. Esports guests must use the ground floor entrance to the Esports Arena which is located in the rear of the seating behind Starbucks. Gamers needing to check out a headset must visit HUB Games’ front desk using the staircase near the ground floor women’s bathroom, not the main curved staircase.

Bowling FAQs

Are shoes included in the bowling rates?

Yes. Bowling shoes are included in the bowling rate.

May I bring my own equipment? Is there a discount?

Yes. Customers may bring their own equipment to bowl (play pool, table tennis, or play video games). However, HUB Games is not responsible for damage to customer’s equipment included bowling balls, table tennis paddles, video game discs, etc.

No. Customers who bring their own equipment do NOT receive a discounted rate.

Is there somewhere I can put my bowling ball or shoes?

Yes. HUB Games has lockers available for checkout. Students and UW Staff can purchase a locker for one to four quarters.

Does HUB Games have kid's bowling balls? Other accommodations?

Yes. HUB Games provides bowling balls as light as 5 pounds. HUB Games can also provide a ramp for first time bowlers or bowlers with limited mobility.

Does HUB Games have kid's bowling shoes?

Yes. HUB Games carries a large selection of children’s bowling shoes as small as size 10 youth.

Does HUB Games have bowling bumpers?

Yes. All 12 bowling lanes have bumpers. However, bumpers are intended for children who are bowling. Each bowler using a bumper lane is required to use an 8-pound (or lighter) bowling ball to keep from damaging the bumpers.

Parking Questions

Where is the closest parking lot to the HUB?

The Padelford Parking Garage is the nearest parking lot to the HUB. It is located off of Mason Road.

Parking Lot N22, located just north of the HUB may be used for drop-offs, but parking in lot N22 is designated for vehicles with disability permits and valid N22 parking permits only.

Visitors MUST make parking arrangements at any one of the gatehouses upon entering campus or by contacting UW Transportation Services. Gatehouse attendants will direct guests to available parking lots based on current parking conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: HUB staff do not make parking arrangements and cannot resolve parking citations for visitors or guests.

How much does it cost for parking?

Parking is $16/day Monday-Friday from 7am-5pm. Evening weekday parking after 5pm is $6. Saturday parking rates are $6 from 7am-Noon. Parking after Noon on Saturdays through Monday mornings is free.

Visitors MUST make parking arrangements at any one of the gatehouses upon entering campus or by contacting UW Transportation Services. Gatehouse attendants will direct guests to available parking lots based on current parking conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: HUB staff do not make parking arrangements and cannot resolve parking citations for visitors or guests.

What about free weekend parking?

Parking is FREE on Saturdays after noon through Monday morning in most campus parking lots. However, it is the driver’s responsibility to read and abide by all parking lot signs. The closest free parking for Saturdays after noon would be in C19 (across the street under the University of Washington Club) or N16-N18 (Padelford Garage). Parking Lot N22, just north of the HUB, is free on Saturdays but vehicles in this lot still require a disability permit and valid N22 parking permit.

PLEASE NOTE: HUB staff do not make parking arrangements and cannot resolve parking citations for visitors or guests.

Is there a bus drop-off/pick-up location? Bus parking?

All bus parking arrangements and approvals are provided by UW Commuter Services. Visitors MUST submit a Bus Parking Request for approval, drop-off/pick-up instructions, and bus parking locations.

Please Note:

  • Buses are NOT allowed to drop off or pick up guests or park in Parking lot N-22 due to limited space and maneuverability for buses
  • Buses are NOT allowed to drop off or pick up guests or park in the HUB Loading Dock
  • HUB staff do not make parking arrangements and cannot resolve parking citations for visitors or guests

Minors at HUB Games

We are bringing Chaperones for our upcoming event. What should we tell them to help ensure our event goes well?

Chaperone assignments:

Please assign volunteers to the various activities to help us protect your guests and the facility.

When Bowling:

At a minimum, Chaperones should be placed on each set of 6 lanes.

Pay attention to the graphics on the monitors after each ball is thrown – if it says “STOP”, please stop and wait. It will do this at the end of a game to automatically reset pins, so we don’t want you rolling the ball when the machine is still cycling.

Only the person whose turn it is to bowl should be on the approach. While waiting for your turn stay in or behind the seating area.

The person on the lane to your right has the right-of-way so please let them go first.  Alternating turns helps prevent problems with the bowling balls getting stuck, so please don’t roll the ball until your neighbors’ ball has hit the pins.

If you have any problem at all – scoring, balls not returning, trying to stop/reset a game, etc. – Please get a staff member.  Do not attempt to fix any lane problems yourself.  They are very dangerous.

No one should be bowling in just socks.  No bowlers should be going beyond the foul line for any reason.

Please make sure no one rolls their bowling ball while the rake (gate sweeper) is down.


Please no sitting or climbing on the tables.  One foot must stay on the floor for a shot to be legal.

Please do NOT place any food or beverages on the pool tables or the pool table rails.

Table Tennis:

Please do not attempt any smash shots to protect those around you.

 Video Gaming:

Be courteous of those on either side of you and ask for assistance with any system issues.


Restrooms are located down the hall near the drinking fountain.  Restrooms are always open to the general public, even during private events.  Event hosts are responsible for their guests’ safety, so bathroom use planning is highly recommended for events with minors.

The Foyer:

We try to prevents guests from entering the foyer if you have reserved the entire place (Quad).  Please feel free to assign chaperones to the entrances if this is especially important for your event.

Sunday Reservations:

Since the building is closed you must remain on the Basement level except when exiting the building.  Please ensure your guests proceed directly to the southwest building exit after your event.

Have fun and ask for assistance whenever necessary!

May I leave my child/children unattended at HUB Games?

No. Children under the age of 13 must be attended by an adult AT ALL TIMES while at HUB Games. Children may be required to produce proof of age if requested by HUB staff.

Food and Setup

What types of food are allowed in HUB Games for an event?

Food service in HUB Games must follow HUB Food Service policy. All foods must be prepared in advance and may be consumed in any room within HUB Games.

HOME PREPARED FOODS are NOT allowed in the HUB or HUB Games.

Food preparation must fall into one of the following three options:

  1. Commercially Prepared: Clients may provide their own food service, only when the food is commercially prepared (Subway, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, etc.) or clients may bring in prepackaged items purchased from a grocery store.
  2. Bay Laurel Catering: UW’s Bay Laurel Catering can provide food for catered events. Phone: 206-685-2051
  3. Alternate Caterer: Clients may choose another catering service, however the caterer must be reviewed and approved a minimum of 2 weeks in advance by the UW’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Please complete a Food Permit application and mail/email it to HUB Games at least 5 business days prior to the event date.

EH&S Online Food Permit

How should we unload items for our event or party?

Customers may utilize the HUB’s loading dock which is located on the east side of the building along Stevens Way. Customers may unload their vehicles from the loading dock if space is available, but must not leave a vehicle unattended or parked in the loading dock. After unloading, customers need to move their vehicle to an available parking lot. Gatehouse attendants will direct guests to available parking lots based on current parking conditions. Please review parking FAQs.

What pizza places deliver to the HUB Games?

Pagliacci’s, Dominos, Jet City Pizza, and Papa John’s are just a few that deliver to the HUB and HUB Games. Delivery instructions should direct them to the basement level of the HUB (Student Union Building).  For a more complete list email asking for our list of fast food restaurants that deliver to the HUB.