Night Safety Escort

PLEASE NOTE:  The Night Safety Escort Service has been suspended indefinitely.





The Night Safety Escort Service is managed by the UC Santa Cruz Police Department in order to provide students with a safe and reliable means of transportation on campus during the academic year.


The service is staffed by Student Ambassadors and here are some details about it:

  • Available during the academic year:
    • Hours of operation are:
      • Service is currently suspended until further notice
      • Service is NOT available during Winter and Spring breaks
      • Service is NOT available on weekends and holidays
  • Available via the Tap Ride App on either Android or iOS
    • tapride logo
    • Download the app
    • Select “University of California Santa Cruz SafeRide”
    • Login with your CruzID Gold username/password
    • Enable notifications for the app so that you will be alerted when your ride arrives
    • Pick your location
      • Click “Pick Up Location” - tap your location on the campus map
      • Click “Drop Off Location” - tap your home/drop off location
      • Select number of passengers (no more than 5)
      • Be aware of the estimated arrival time (ETA)
      • Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a Student Ambassador
  • Direct link to the app:

This program is not intended to replace existing transportation services such as the Metro Bus and Campus Shuttles. It is also not meant to discourage individuals from walking in groups.

This service provides a safe and reliable means of transit from one location to another on campus and ensures the safety of students who feel endangered or unsafe during night hours.
In order to run safely and efficiently, the program has a few limitations listed below:

  • No escort services to or from off-campus locations
  • Intoxicated and/or disorderly students will not be transported
  • Food and alcohol are NOT allowed in the shuttle
  • The Ambassadors reserve the right to refuse transport
  • The Ambassadors may provide walking escorts in lieu of using a vehicle


If you are unable to download the app, please call the Police Dispatch Center at 831.459.2231.