The U-PASS program provides a flexible, low-cost array of transportation choices. Ride free on any Metro, Community Transit, Sound Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Pierce Transit, as well as the Seattle Streetcar and King County Water Taxis.  Parking on campus as a carpool is at a discount. Get a discount on vanpooling and at local merchants. U-PASS even has special programs if you bicycle or walk to campus. Save money and make a personal contribution to lessening pollution and traffic congestion. Learn more about the U-PASS.  

Motor Vehicle Parking

Motor vehicles, including motorcycles, must be parked in designated parking areas and may require a permit. Any motor vehicle parked on patios, lawns or walkways will be subject to ticketing and impoundment. Health and safety codes strictly prohibit the parking or storing of a motor vehicle inside a room or on a walkway.

Parking Permits

A limited number of parking spaces on or near campus are reserved, for a fee, for residence hall students. Parking permits may be obtained through Transportation Services.

Nordheim Court residents may apply for a parking permit online; permits are issued by Nordheim Court staff.

Disability Parking

Residents requiring parking privileges due to a disability-related need should work with Disability Resources for Students at 206-543-8924 (V/TTY) or in order to establish eligibility for disability parking.

Visitor Parking on Campus

Visitors who want to park on campus and who arrive between 6 am–9 pm, Monday through Friday, or between 7 am and noon on Saturday, should drive to any UW gatehouse to purchase a parking permit. A permit will be issued for the closest available parking lot. The daily visitor parking rate is $15, but those visiting for less than four hours will be reimbursed for part of the fee if they stop at the gatehouse upon exit. If visitors arrive in the evening before 9 pm and plan to stay on campus through the following day, they can purchase an evening permit and the next day's permit from a parking attendant.

Visit UW Transportation Services for more information about visitor parking.

NightRide Shuttle

NightRide Shuttle is a free service for UPass users. Shuttles pick up passengers from seven convenient stops around campus before dropping passengers off at requested destinations within one of two zones. NightRide operates only during the autumn quarter, winter quarter and spring quarters.

Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 8 pm–1:30 am (excluding University holidays and summer quarter) 

Phone: 206-685-3146

Husky NightWalk

Be cautious when walking outside after dark. Travel in groups whenever possible or call to request a Husky NightWalk security guard to accompany you to your on-campus destination. Husky NightWalk is a free service.

Hours: Daily, 6 pm–2 am

Phone: 206-685-WALK (9255)


Bicycles serve as an excellent means of transportation to and around campus. Bicycle lanes and trails provide safe spaces for riding, and all city buses have easy-to-load bike racks for longer trips. For detailed information about commuting by bicycle, including rules and laws about riding on and off campus, visit UW Transportation Services.

Bicycles must not be left in hallways, exit-ways, ramps or on railings as they are a dangerous barrier to evacuation during a fire. Bicycles obstructing an evacuation path may be ticketed and impounded by the UW Police Department (UWPD). Keep bicycles in bike rooms or locked to bike racks located outside each residence hall. Transportation Services has an online map of all campus bike rooms, bike houses and bike lockers.

Bicycle theft is a common occurrence on college campuses. Register your bicycle with UWPD. Kryptonite brand U-locks, along with helmets and other safety equipment are available at a discount from Hall Health.

To report vandalism or theft of a bicycle call the UWPD at 206-685-UWPD (8973)/TTY 206-543-3323 and inform a Residential Life staff member in your residence hall.

For bicycle repairs and assistance on campus, the Bike Shop is located in 103 Husky Union Building.