Person waiting for bus
There are a number of transportation options for our students and
their families. The campus “loop” buses are free (the white buses).
City buses, Zipcars, and Uber/Lyft/taxis can help you get to
off-campus locations.


On-campus "loop" buses (they are white) are free for students and their families. 

Students may ride Santa Cruz Metro buses, which circle campus and then go off-site. Monthly bus passes are available for a nominal fee. Children under 46’’ tall also ride for free. See schedulesroutes, and fares.

Other Transportation Options

  • Zipcar provides rental cars with on-campus pickup and dropoff locations.
  • App-based Lyft and Uber can drive you door-to-door.
  • The City of Santa Cruz has contracted with Lime bikes, with bike stands located all over the city, including at the base of campus.

Campus Parking

Parking is limited on campus. For information on obtaining parking permits as well as for maps of parking locations, policies, and parling permit application process, see the UCSC Transportation And Parking Services (TAPS).