Unlike many universities, freshmen at Seattle Pacific are allowed to have cars on campus. A permanent parking spot at a student's residence costs $65 per quarter, unless the student lives in Emerson Hall where a quarterly parking spot will put students out $85 because they have a secured lot sub-level. However, there are ways around this, if you're willing to work at it. For example, campus is virtually surrounded on all sides by residential neighborhoods, so if you don't mind walking a little, you can save yourself some green by parking there instead. It's the same story for commuters; $65 for a quarter's privileges in parking. The University offers incentives for students who reduce emissions by carpooling, so if you travel with two students, the cost is cut in half. If you travel with three students, the fee is waived completely. Parking costs are also reduced for students who ride motorcycles or scooters.
Having a car at SPU is a luxury, not a necessity. Many students don't bring their cars to college until they move off campus during their third year. Residents of dorms get the most for their money in terms of parking because they have a designated spot solely for their use. Commuting is more cutthroat because if you don't get to class on time or happen to have class at a popular time, the parking lots fill up and you'll likely have to park on the street anyway and hoof it to class. Parking citations for vehicles that are registered with Safety and Security on campus will be recorded on your student account. The first infraction is a warning; the fine goes up with each citation and it gets added to your tuition payment.