Early Fall Start is on hiatus and will not be offered in 2023. 


Parking permit

Students participating in the Early Fall Start program or who are in an academic program that starts more than 12 days before autumn quarter start may purchase an Early Start parking permit.

The rate for a student parking permit is $873 starting August 19 and is prorated if purchased after that date. Parking permits are valid through the end of autumn quarter, December 17, 2022.

To purchase a parking permit, follow these steps:

  1. Starting August 19, log into the Transportation Services online customer portal with your UW NetID.
  2. Click “Get Permits”.
  3. Select the academic quarter-based parking permit you would like to purchase (ex. SOV / Fall Quarter). Products are listed alphabetically. If you do not see the academic quarter-based permit you would like to purchase, this may mean you are not in the student database. You will need to have that resolved in order to purchase a student parking permit.
  4. Continue through the purchasing process to finalize the purchase of your parking permit. 

For further questions regarding parking permits, please contact Transportation Services at ucommute@uw.edu or 206-221-3701 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The Sales office is open by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Drop-in times are available on Tuesdays between 8:30 -11:30 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Transit pass options

To determine the best option that fits your needs, consider the frequency you plan to use transit.

  • 1-2 round-trip rides/week = purchase a regular ORCA card
  • 3+ round-trip rides/week = purchase a temporary or opt-in U-PASS.
  • Any number of rides/week = purchase an ORCA LIFT pass (if you qualify based on household income)

ORCA card

ORCA (One Regional Card for All) is the regional transit pass program available to use on seven regional transit agencies. To learn more about ORCA, visit the ORCA website. The card gives you the option to purchase a monthly pass or load money onto an e-purse that can be used each time you travel.


Your household income may qualify you for reduced transit fares through the ORCA LIFT program. You can learn more and apply online by visiting the King County Public Health website.

Temporary pass

    If you are not Husky card eligible and would like to purchase a temporary pass, please contact the Transportation Services office at ucommute@uw.edu or 206-221-3701. The fee is $150 per calendar quarter.