Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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5 College Senior

Transportation: With a Upass, I can walk right out my front door and down the block, get on the bus, and be on campus in 10 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The busses are easily accessed

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Transportation: The university offers a U-Pass that makes all public transit free.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: Bad traffic, bus is the best option

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting around is super easy. We have access to the bus system, which picks up and drops off all around campus, which is super convenient.

1 person found this useful Report

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 185th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 634th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1353rd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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On the whole, students seem very content with the Metro bus system, the main source of public transportation in Seattle. The bus system allows you to get pretty much anywhere in Seattle from the U-District, even if it requires a transfer every now and then. In addition, most of the busses are clean and safe (it gets a little shadier in downtown Seattle), and when you have a U-Pass all you have to do is flash your pass to the driver. Night Ride seems to be sort of a hidden treasure-some students use them, but many either are not aware of them or choose not to use them.

Luckily, the public transportation in Seattle provides a convenient way to get to a lot of places, because it's not as easy to keep a car on campus or in the city. Plenty of students do it and prefer it, but it's definitely not the cheap road to take. A fair share of students simply don't like riding on buses, so a car becomes a valuable commodity. It seems that there's a wealth of ways to get around, and on the whole, Seattleites who take advantage of the public transportation system don't complain about it much.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike
  • A friend's wheels
  • Metro Bus System
  • Monorail
  • Your legs
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $35.
  • From the University District, take the 71, 72, or 73 bus downtown to the bus tunnel (or 3rd Avenue on weekends). From downtown, catch the 194 bus to the airport.
  • Shuttle Express offers a specially designed airport shuttle service for UW students, with pick-up locations at four residence halls on campus. (800) 487-7433
Did You Know?
Two UW students created OneBusAway, a free service which allows students to check accurate bus arrival times using their cell phones, laptops, and iPhones.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Dial-a-Ride Shuttle

For students with permanent or temporary disabilities, this free shuttle service is available from 7:45 a.m.-7:25 p.m. A shuttle will pick you up on campus or within the University District and drive you to your destination. Email:

(206) 685-1511

Health Sciences Express

Transportation between the University and select medical centers for University faculty, staff, students, medical center patients, and their families.

Husky Night Walk

UW safety guards will either walk you home or to the nearest Night Ride shuttle pick-up. Not available during University holidays.

(206) 685-WALK

Daily 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Sunday-Thursday, during spring quarter.

NightRide Shuttle

Runs every 15 minutes with five on-campus pick-up locations. Does not operate during Summer quarter. Email:

(206) 685-3146

Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.

South Lake Union Shuttle

Service for University School of Medicine staff, students, and patients traveling between UW medical and research facilities. Operates Monday-Friday, except holidays.

(206) 685-3146

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metro Transit - King County

Pick up bus schedules from the Husky Den and Schmitz Hall.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac)

17801 International Blvd., Seattle

(206) 433-5388

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


811 Stewart St., Seattle

(206) 628-5526

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak King Street Station

303 S. Jackson, Seattle

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 149 responses

  • 13% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 28% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 52% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 149 responses

  • 2% You can't have a car here.
  • 26% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 69% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 2% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 132 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 132 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options     Based on 132 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 149 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 64% Fairly easy.
  • 34% Very easy.
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