Emergencies & After Hours


Life-Threatening Conditions

Whether or not the Student Health Center is open, call 911 first.

If you think you're experiencing an emergency, you probably are so immediately call 9-911 if you are on campus OR 911 if you are off campus

If you need help from campus security, call 5911

Examples of life-threatening conditions include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness or unresponsiveness (e.g., drug or alcohol overdose)
  • Major injury (e.g., open chest wound with trouble breathing; spinal or neck injury with loss of sensation or motion; obvious fracture, especially with visible bone)

Urgent Conditions

Although the conditions below may not be life threatening, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible if you have:

  • Significant pain (e.g. in the chest, abdomen, head, neck, or ear, especially with fever)
  • Asthma (when not responding to usual medication)
  • Urinary infection (especially with fever or back pain)
  • Possible fracture or dislocation
  • Any injury with significant pain or swelling
  • Laceration (a cut requiring stitches)
  • Major bee sting reaction (hives or swelling on, for example, your whole arm or leg)

Where to Go (Best options are to go the SHC or utilize Healthiest You telehealth)

  • If the SHC is open, check availability for an urgent appointment
  • Telehealth through Healthiest You. Allows a student to talk with a healthcare provider by phone or video 24/7. This is intended as a backup for when the Student Health Center is unavailable.

    To access this service there are three options:

    • go to telehealth4students.com
    • call 855.866.0895
    • search for “healthiestyou” in the App store or Google Play store

    Cost of consult:
    No charge for students with the student health insurance plan
    $40 for students with any other insurance
    *If a medication is prescribed, the student would still need to pay their copay for the prescription.

  • Go to a local Urgent Care Center
  • Go to a local Emergency Room
  • Additionally for mental health concerns, call King County Crisis Clinic: 206-461-3222 or 866-427-4747

Please be aware that Seattle University Student Health Center does not cover visits to the emergency department or urgent care; they are billed to your insurance. Also note that for students covered under the Seattle University Student Health Insurance Plan, a $100 deductible will apply if you visit the urgent care or emergency room (deductible is waived if admitted to the hospital)

      Local Urgent Cares


Local Emergency Departments

  • Swedish First Hill
    700 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

  • Swedish Cherry Hill
    540 16th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122

  • Harborview
    325 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (entrance on corner of 9th & Jefferson)


Non-Urgent Problems

For non-urgent medical problems, make an appointment to be seen at the Student Health Center or your primary care provider. Self care may be effective, so you may want to try some of these links: