For 2021 Spring

These procedures are specific for 2021 spring quarter
and follow current COVID-19 regulations

Check-in is on Sunday, March 28th between 2:30 and 6:00 pm. Schedule your travels accordingly, keeping in mind that it takes time to get to the island. Plan on which ferry you will be taking, and make a reservation well in advance if you are bringing a car. Under COVID regulations, family and friends may drive you onto campus and help you unload your things, but are not allowed into FHL buildings.

How to Get to the Island

FHL is located on San Juan island, off the coast of Washington, 75 miles NW of Seattle. To get here, you’ll need to take a plane or boat (or car on a boat).  Depending on where you are coming from and how much you want to pay, there are several options for getting here; for all of the options, see How to Get to FHL.  The Washington State Ferry system transports people and vehicles to and from the San Juan Islands several times a day, and is the least expensive way to get to Friday Harbor; this page provides details on using the ferry.

Start planning by checking the ferry schedule: enter the date you’ll be traveling, and select Departing Terminal “Anacortes” and Arriving Terminal “Friday Harbor”. On March 28th, there are three afternoon sailings that should get you to FHL in time for check in. Alternatively, you can take a morning sailing, and spend time on the island before coming to campus in the afternoon.

NW Washington State, with SeaTac Airport in the lower right.


Ferries travel between Anacortes and Friday Harbor.



Make reservations well in advance if you’re taking a car (no reservation necessary if you’re walking on). If you go onto the reservation site and the ferry you’re planning on appears to be full, you can try again later: for March 28th reservations, new spots will become available on March 14th at 7 am, and again on March 26th at 7 am.  We recommend that you log onto the reservation site right at 7:00 on those dates to be sure you get a reservation.

If you come with a car, you should arrive at the Anacortes ferry terminal at least 45 minutes before your scheduled departure.  The ferry ride itself is usually 1-2 hours long, depending on how many islands the ferry stops at along the way.  Note that ferries often run late – that’s just part of island life!

Ferry arriving to the Town of Friday Harbor.


How to Get to FHL from the Town of Friday Harbor

The ferry arrives in the town of Friday Harbor, about 1.5 miles (a 20-30 minute walk or 6 minute drive) from FHL. Once you’ve arrived to the island, you can drive, walk, or get a ride to FHL. For mobile directions, enter the address: 620 University Road, Friday Harbor (directions are also at bottom of this page). We will offer luggage transport to FHL for students walking off one afternoon ferry. Those coming by any other ferry, by the Victoria Clipper, or by plane will not receive luggage pickup service.


Current COVID-19 regulations do not allow us to drive students in the vans, but we will pick up luggage for those walking off the ferry that is scheduled to depart Anacortes at 1:25 pm and arrive in Friday Harbor at 2:30 pm. No matter how late that ferry is, we will be there waiting for it.

If you are planning to meet with an FHL van for luggage transport, walk directly to the pick-up location upon arrival.  When you walk off the ferry, you will be directed toward a walkway along the left of the car ramp. At the end of the walkway, turn immediately right and cross the car ramp.  Walk past the red ice cream shop on your right and proceed to the traffic circle; in that circle, look for a white van.

After dropping off your luggage, you can walk (~1/2 hour) or take a taxi (360-298-4434, cost ~$10) to FHL. **Be prepared by wearing sturdy walking shoes and rain gear.


Aerial view of Friday Harbor ferry terminal.


Where To Go When You Get to FHL

You may check in between 2:30 and 6:00 pm, at the check-in tables noted below. If you have a car, you may park your car in any designated parking spot on campus; no parking permit is required. DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS. If you dropped off your luggage in town with an FHL van, we will leave it for you near your housing unit or next to the check-in table.

NOTE: Accompanying friends or family members are allowed on campus and may help you unload your things, but are not allowed to enter any FHL buildings.

Follow the instructions below for the program you are participating in.

Students in Spring Marine Studies (SMS)

You will be staying in a dorm room or hut, and will be assigned to a communal bathroom shared with only your pod members. The students in a pod may ride in vehicles together, eat meals together, share a bathroom, etc.  ***Students may not ride in vehicles, get closer than 6 feet to, enter the rooms/huts of, or eat meals with students who are not in their pod.

When you arrive on campus, proceed to the Dorms and Commons (top center of the map below).  If you are coming by car, you can park in the parking lot noted at the top of the map. Weather permitting, there will be a check-in table on the deck between the Commons and Dorm Building A.  If it’s raining, we’ll be just inside the Commons.  There, you will receive your room assignment and room key.

Students in the Zoobot Program

You will be staying in shared 2-bedroom cottages.  Under COVID regulations, you will each begin in a private bedroom for the quarantine period.  After quarantine (about a week long), students in some cottages will be moving into shared (double) bedrooms in other cottages, for a total of three students per cottage and two cottages per COVID pod.  The 6 students in a pod may ride in vehicles together, eat meals together, and enter each others’ cottages.  ***Students may not ride in vehicles, enter the cottages of, get closer than 6 feet to, or eat meals with students who are not in their pod.

When you arrive on campus, proceed to the Lecture Hall (on the map below, it’s the tan building to the right of the large Dining Hall in the center).  There will be a check-in table on the west entrance of the Lecture Hall or if the weather is really bad, just inside the entrance.  There, you will receive your cottage assignment and key.


Map of campus.  As you come in from town, you’ll be entering the map at the lower left.  The Commons and Dorms are top center; the Lecture Hall is to the right of the large Dining Hall in the center.


About the Dining Hall & Meal Service



Meals will be served in two shifts. During quarantine, you should pick up your meal during your assigned shift.  After quarantine, you should arrive in the Dining Hall during your assigned block of time for food service, but you may stay on past that time to eat at tables.

ZooBot Spring Marine Studies
Breakfast (Mon – Sat) 7:45 – 8:05 am 8:05 – 8:20 am
Lunch (Mon – Sat) 12:00 – 12:20 pm 12:20 – 12:40 pm
Dinner (Mon – Sat) 6:00 – 6:20 pm 6:20 – 6:40 pm
Brunch (Sun) 10:00 – 10:20 am 10:20 – 10:40 am
Dinner (Sun) 5:00 – 5:20 pm 5:20 – 5:40 pm



During quarantine, all meals will be take-out meals, to be picked up at scheduled times in the Dining Hall.

At those designated times, meals will be set out on trays that are numbered according to which student the meal is for. Laurie (Queen of the Dining Hall) will email you to let you know your personal number!  Be sure you take the meal with your number on the tray, as many of the dishes are customized for individual dietary preferences and restrictions. You can take out your meal and beverage on the tray, or put it in a bag to take with you. If you take the tray, remember to return it to the Dining Hall.

You should enter the Dining Hall only to pick up food and/or beverages, wearing a mask at all times. You can bring your meals back to your housing unit or to an outdoor table to eat.  During quarantine, students are not allowed to sit down in the Dining Hall or otherwise linger in the space.


Food service will switch to eat-in meals (no more take-out) – yay! Masks still need to be worn at all times in the Dining Hall except when you are eating or drinking.  You may eat your meals at pod-assigned tables, and can also work at those tables outside of meal times.


Directions for driving or walking to FHL
From the ferry landing, follow the cars turning right off the ferry, then immediately left onto Spring Street (the main street in town). Go two blocks, then turn right on Second St. Go about four blocks (the road will curve to the left) and at the second stop sign, turn right onto Tucker Ave.  Follow Tucker for 0.3 mile to the fork at the top of the hill.  Take the right fork onto University Rd, proceeding another 0.3 mi to enter campus.


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