What is a U-PASS?
The U-PASS provides flexibility as a bus pass and more. In fact, since the U-PASS is so flexible and local parking is so expensive (about $200 a quarter) and difficult to find, there is really no reason for your student to bring their car.
How will your student get to campus and around the area?
Encourage them to live close to campus so that they may walk or bike. Maps are available from Commuter Services. If they live a little farther from campus, make sure they consider an apartment or house along a bus line. There are more than 60 bus routes that serve the Seattle campus.
What transportation options are available throughout the day and night?
For students who attend day classes, walking, biking or riding the bus are all good options. There are over 60 bus routes that come directly to the U District. Trip planning assistance is available online.
Students who live within a mile of campus can ride the Night Ride Shuttle from 8pm to 12:15am, Sunday through Thursday. Night Ride shuttles pick up students at five well-lit stops on campus and deliver them right to their homes in nearby neighborhoods. U-PASS holders ride for free and the shuttles are wheel-chair accessible.
Additional security is provided by Safe Campus. This is a safety escort program that will walk a student to a Night Ride or transit stop, or to a parking lot on campus. For more information call 206-685-WALK.
Should my student bring their bike?
Yes, for some students having a bike on campus can be a necessity for dashing between classes. It also provides them the opportunity to explore more of their surroundings. The Burke-Gilman Trail a non-motorized bike and pedestrian pathway goes through campus allowing 22 miles of uninterrupted, car-free commuting. If your student doesn't have a bike, but would like to purchase one when they get to campus, make sure they take advantage of the U-PASS merchants who offer discounts at bike shops. Additionally, they can get extra savings by going to a Bike Auction held by the Surplus Store.
Once their bike is on campus, encourage your student to register their bike. Some students might feel more comfortable getting a bike locker. If your student lives in the residence halls, ask them to check into bike rooms available at some locations.