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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are ways to get everywhere. Our school has few bus passes to make public transportation free, but they often are out of those.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I live off campus so i commute an dhave my own car. But from people that I know that live on campus the bus is great.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses usually come on time and there are three that are really close to campus. The shuttle service to Bethany Community Church is very easy to use, always on time, and comes right outside Hill Hall, where I live.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The 13 runs right through campus- and can take you to Upper Queen Anne (Safeway, cute boutiques, expensive houses, yummy food) in about 5 minutes. It takes about 25 minutes to get downtown (Pike Place, Nordstrom, all that fun stuff)

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is what many students rely on. Cars are better when you need to go farther than downtown or the u district.

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The bus system is decent in Seattle. It's no subway, but when you need to get somewhere, it does the job. Fares are reasonable, while passengers are colorful. There is a song by Blue Scholars called "Joe Metro" that paints a perfect portrait of what your experience will be like riding the bus in Seattle. Much of downtown is a ride-free zone, but if you're coming from school, you might have to raid the couch cushions for some coinage. There are bus passes available for students in the Student Union Building, but they go quickly, and it's a little bit of a hassle. Cabs are easily accessible but are pretty expensive and not recommended unless you're out past the time the buses stop running.

Seattle is committed to constantly improving public transportation, as well. Recently, they completed a new streetcar line which has greatly assisted the community and earned itself a reputation as the South Lake Union Trolley—or the S.L.U.T. There is also a new transit tunnel that goes beneath downtown and avoids irksome traffic, getting you to your destination in a jiffy! Most of the buses in the city are hybrid-diesel electric, which fits into Seattle's value of promoting environmentally-healthy and energy-wise transportation, and all have wheelchair lifts or ramps and can accommodate bicycles.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bus
  • Cab
  • Scooter
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Beg a friend to take you
  • Shuttle
Local Taxi Services
Yellow Cab and Seattle Taxi Service are a couple of the taxi services in Seattle.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Pedestrian & Transit Safety Escort
(206) 281-2922
Daily 24 hours (student has to be within 10 blocks from campus)

Public TransitWhat's This?

King County Metro Transit

(206) 553-3000 (customer information)

(206) 263-3113 (accessible services)

(206) 625-4500 (rideshare information)

201 S. Jackson St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

17801 International Blvd. (Pacific Highway So.)

(206) 787-5388

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


811 Stewart St.

(206) 628-5526

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


303 S. Jackson St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 67 responses

  • 24% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 12% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 39% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 66 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 85% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 28 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 27 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 66 responses

  • 33% Very easy.
  • 58% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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