Parking & Transportation

Getting Here

Seattle Vocational Institute is easy to reach from every part of the city. Our campus is close to downtown Seattle and is well-served by public transit. In addition, visitors coming from nearby can easily walk or bike to campus.

There are several King County Metro Transit bus routes that serve our college. Seattle Vocational Institute offers subsidized ORCA cards at the Cashier’s Office for students who take the bus. For help finding your route to SVI, use Metro’s Trip Planner.
If you live downtown or south of Seattle, you can take Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail to the International District Chinatown Station. From there, it’s a short bus ride to our campus.
Our campus is just a couple miles from Interstate 5.

From North or South I-5

  • Take the Dearborn St. exit.
  • Turn East onto Dearborn
  • Turn left on Rainier
  • Turn right onto Jackson
  • SVI is at 22nd Ave. S. and Jackson

From the University District

  • Take the Montlake bridge due south
  • Continue south on Montlake Ave. (becomes 23rd)
  • Turn right onto Jackson, go one block
  • SVI is at 22nd Ave. S. and Jackson

Parking at Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI)

Due to the limited number of spaces, weekday parking (Monday through Friday) is only available to those with a valid parking permit. Parking at all times is at your own risk.

There is street parking around our campus for visitors. Visitors can also park in the Diamond parking lot at Seattle Central's Wood Technology Center next to 23rd Ave. South and South Lane St., which is just two blocks south of SVI. If you are a Seattle Colleges employee with an annual permit you may park in the SVI parking lot.
There is no student parking available in the SVI parking lot. Disabled students may register with the Cashier’s Office to obtain a valid parking permit for the SVI parking lot. Students may park two blocks south of SVI at 23rd Ave. South and South Lane St. in the Diamond parking lot at Seattle Central’s Wood Technology Center.
Dental Assistant students should contact the Allied Health Division at to learn about parking at the Health Education Center.
Hourly staff, part-time staff and part-time faculty may purchase a parking permit quarterly at the Cashier’s Office. Staff and faculty who carpool must register with the Cashier’s Office to purchase a valid parking permit.
The ORCA card is a quarter-long bus pass, which allows you to travel within Seattle throughout the quarter. Cards are pre-loaded with $250 in fares. Students, staff and faculty at SVI can purchase an ORCA card by paying the quarterly $15 Transport Management Plan (TMP) fee and the cost of the ORCA card (cost varies). Students in most programs may purchase the ORCA card at a subsidized (discounted) rate. Staff and faculty who purchase an ORCA Card (available before the start of every quarter) also receive a parking permit limited to 12 days of their choice in that quarter. ORCA cards are available through the Cashier’s Office.