On the whole, students seem very content with the Metro bus system, the main source of public transportation in Seattle. The bus system allows you to get pretty much anywhere in Seattle from the U-District, even if it requires a transfer every now and then. In addition, most of the busses are clean and safe (it gets a little shadier in downtown Seattle), and when you have a U-Pass all you have to do is flash your pass to the driver. Night Ride seems to be sort of a hidden treasure-some students use them, but many either are not aware of them or choose not to use them.
Luckily, the public transportation in Seattle provides a convenient way to get to a lot of places, because it's not as easy to keep a car on campus or in the city. Plenty of students do it and prefer it, but it's definitely not the cheap road to take. A fair share of students simply don't like riding on buses, so a car becomes a valuable commodity. It seems that there's a wealth of ways to get around, and on the whole, Seattleites who take advantage of the public transportation system don't complain about it much.