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Safe Ride

A safe and free ride-sharing service for the Northwestern community.

Avoid walking home alone, in the dark, or late at night. Safe Ride drivers provide rides to and from campus within our Evanston boundaries. Safe Ride operates from 7pm - 3am, seven days a week when classes are in session. Closed summer session and during University Holidays.

Getting a Ride

student getting a ride
Safe Ride's final day of operation for the Winter Quarter is Saturday, March 23.

The service resumes for Spring Quarter on Monday, April 1. For information regarding this service, please contact Bernie Foster, Safe Ride Manager, at or 847-467-2228.

Operating Hours

Daily 7pm - 3am, when classes are in session. New rides may not be accepted after 2:20am.

Coverage Area

Safe Ride's covers Evanston from Central Street (north boundary) to Oakton Street/South Boulevard (south boundary) and Green Bay Road/Ashland Avenue (west boundary) to Lake Michigan. See a map of our coverage area.

Rider Information

student answering call

Safe Ride Basics

The average wait time is 10-15 minutes, with longer times on weekends and during bad weather. Please be outside or within the visual range of your pickup location.

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Work for Safe Ride

Safe Ride team
Application Details

We are now accepting applications for student workers to work as drivers and dispatchers. Work-study applicants are accepted.

Summer Session Rides

Safe Ride driver
SafeRide Alternatives

Safe Ride does not operate during summer session or University Holidays. Other safe travel options the university shuttle, NU Safe Walk or public transportation.