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An overview of services and resources available to students and parents, plus much more.

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No Car? No Problem.

MetroIf your student doesn’t have a car (or doesn’t want to use one), here are three options to help your student get around Seattle.

Bus Passes

The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific offers free bus passes that can be checked out for up to five hours with an SPU student ID card. ASSP also offers 24-hour passes that can be purchased for $2. Bus schedules are available at the Uni-Com desk in the Student Union Building (SUB) or on the Metro website. The ASSP office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

ORCA Cards

What is an ORCA card? The "One Regional Card for All" (ORCA) card is a pass that allows travel on bus, train, and ferry across the Puget Sound region. The card allows riders to add cash to the card and it automatically tracks the value of different fares and transfers. There’s no need to worry about having cash or exact change ever again. Learn more.


SPU’s Safety and Security office offers a limited number of discounted ORCA cards on a three-month, quarterly basis. Students are notified a month and a half before the next quarter begins to apply. Applications are accepted via students’ Banner accounts. After all available passes are issued (approximately 35–45 each quarter), the remaining students are placed on a waitlist. Applications and waitlists start anew each quarter. Contact Garrett McGuire at gmcguire@spu.edu if you have questions.

SPU Zipcar Program

Zipcar, the car-sharing company that rents cars by the hour, is available to SPU students age 21 and over. Students can use a Zipcar on a personal account (personal account users are subject to Zipcar's fees and rates). Zipcar has specific eligibility criteria for personal accounts. Learn more



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