Student ID Cards for Metro Bus Use

Showing a valid UCSC Student ID card provides students unlimited rides on Santa Cruz Metro buses. Metro service for students is funded through the Student Transit Fee. Please note: UCSC student ID cards are not accepted on Highway 17 Express buses.

Student ID cards are issued through the ID Card Services office located on the first floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore building near the Express Store. Contact ID Card Services by calling (831) 459-2990 or email

Summer stickers are issued through the Summer Session office located at 257 Hahn Student Services. Contact the Summer Session office by calling (831) 459-5373 or email

A valid quarter sticker is necessary when showing your UCSC Student ID Card to ride Metro buses; stickers are available each quarter at your college office or board of study. Specific locations are listed below:

Cowell - College Office

Stevenson - College Office

Crown - College Office

Merrill - College Office

Porter - Porter College Office (D104)

Kresge - Kresge College Office (KCAC 2202)

Oakes - Student Life/Housing Office

Rachel Carson - Student Life/Housing Office

College Nine - Res Life and Housing Office

John R. Lewis - Res Life and Housing Office

Grad students - Check with your department or field of study

TAPS provides temporary bus passes to each college at the start of Fall quarter; these temporary Metro bus passes are distributed to new students by their college or housing unit; (if the student hasn't obtained a student ID card).

Graduate students with a summer appointment can purchase an employee bus pass (valid July 1 – September 30) by completing the online application, or by visiting the TAPS Sales Office.

Undergraduate students registered for summer classes can get a summer sticker at the Summer Session office. Students who are employed on campus for summer are eligible to purchase a summer quarterly bus pass at the TAPS Sales Office. The current price is $102. Email or visit the TAPS Sales Office for more information.

Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.