Parking & Carpool

Discounted bus passes and carpool permits are available for students and employees. Free, sheltered bike racks are conveniently located in various places throughout the campus.

Motorists are urged to purchase a parking permit and to park on campus. Out of courtesy to residents of the Licton Springs neighborhood, please drive slowly through residential streets, lower the volume of stereos, and park on campus. If you must park on a city street, avoid a ticket and towing charges — abide by posted parking restrictions, do not park on lawns or planting strips, and do not block driveways. Note that city ordinance requires you be at least five feet from a driveway.


North Seattle College students are now able to purchase quarterly parking permits online. You need to be a registered student at North with all of your outstanding fees from the prior quarter paid in full.

Employees desiring payroll deduction for Parking or ORCA Transit may complete their request online by clicking here.

Your quarterly parking permit will arrive in the mail within five-seven business days to the address you indicate in the online application. Watch for your permit as permits will not be replaced and fees are not refundable.

If you buy the permit within seven days of the quarter start date, you can download a temporary permit to use on the first few days of the quarter

Quarterly parking permits for students are also issued  at the Cashier's office. Please bring your student I.D. and current class schedule when you come for your permit.  Rates vary according to the number of credits you are taking. Current parking rates are available from the Fees page.

Discounted carpool permits are available for both students and employees. A carpool is defined as two or more individuals commuting together for at least 50 percent of the carpool's longest individual commute distance. Participants must be old enough to be eligible for a Washington state driver's license. Students must present their class schedules when applying for the carpool program, to demonstrate that they are on campus together at least 3 times per week.

Employees may carpool with a partner whose destination is away from the campus. Carpool routes must meet a standard of reasonableness determined by the campus Transportation Coordinator. Special carpool parking is provided for those with carpool permits. Contact the Transportation Coordinator during the first 2 weeks of each quarter to register your carpool and obtain a permit.

Short-term visitor permits can be purchased from the automated dispensers located in the North and South visitor lots, the North lot (enter on 100th st), and the South Lot.  A permit valid 0-2 hours may be purchased for $4, or a full day for $6 (valid for day of purchase only).  Short term single day permits are also available at the Cashier's Office (valid for a future date). This permit allows you to park in any lot except for Visitor, DSHS/WorkSource (Southwest) lot or the garage; please heed campus signage for additional limits for reserved, carpool or disability spaces.

Permits for visitors, guests, and guest lecturers are available from the security office. Requests for guest permits must be made by a campus official to the NSC Safety and Security Director, and must include: the name of the sponsoring group; date, time and location of the meeting, class or seminar; and the number of people attending.

Guest permits are only for use by visitors, guests or guest lecturers. The guest permit includes detailed maps of the surrounding area and campus. Requests made a week in advance are appreciated; last minute requests may not be accommodated.