Although there are several bus stops right next to campus, Gonzaga students tend to avoid public transportation like the plague. And for good reason—the busses are sporadic and somewhat sleazy and often don't run close to desired destinations. Since they are intermittent, and there is not much of a student discount, there's really very little incentive to ride.
Most things are within reasonable walking distance. Safeway is five minutes from campus, and the downtown mall and cinema are a pleasant 20-minute walk away. However, Spokane also dishes out some downright filthy weather, making walks of any distance seem like profoundly bad ideas. Bicycles present an ideal solution, but they are also stolen at every hour of the day with frightening regularity. There is only one real solution for the carless student: the cars of friends. Many upperclassmen have cars, and they hold the lifeline for those less fortunate. Don't be afraid to beg, buy gas, or approach multiple sources. Don't count on public transportation for anything.