Thanks to your U-Pass, you can enjoy considerable savings compared to the cost of monthly transit passes.

The U-Pass is a mandatory bus pass program for all graduate and undergraduate students who are registered full-time at the University of Ottawa, or completing a CO-OP work term, or going on an outgoing exchange. 

The U-Pass is a student initiative that has come into effect through student referendums and through collaboration with OC Transpo and STO.

The mandatory fee is automatically charged on your statement of account and is payable the same way as your tuition fees.

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Don’t throw away your U-Pass!

Don’t throw away your U-Pass! If you have received a blue U-Pass, you must renew it at a recharging station.
If you throw away your U-Pass or if you lose it, a 25$ non-refundable replacement fee will be due prior to obtaining a new card. The replacement fee must be paid in person and cannot be applied to your student account.
Recharge your card
Term Validity Cost 
Fall 2022 and Winter 2023  Sept 1 to Apr 30  $446.96
Winter 2023 Jan 1 to Apr 30  $223.48
Spring-Summer 2023 May 1 to Aug 31  $223.48

Due to the validity of the U-Pass in the Fall (September 1 – April 30), eligible full-time students are charged the full amount in the Fall term.

This means that even if you are only registered for full-time courses in the Fall term, you will still be charged the full amount. If you aren’t full-time during the Winter term, you must submit an opt-out form before the deadline in order to obtain your Winter fee adjustment.

If you will be full-time only during the Winter term, then you will be charged the Winter term only.


If your student status changes (if you are now studying part time, or withdraw from University, etc.), you must submit an exemption request to obtain a credit.

Contact us

uOttawa Card Service and U-Pass

90U Residence (map)
90 University Private, Room 145
Ottawa ON, K1N 6N5

Info on student card and meal plans
Phone: 613-562-5893
E-mail: [email protected]

In person

Book an in-person appointment using our virtual line

Info on U-Pass
Phone: 613-562-5700

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Hours of operation

May 15, 2023 to August 11, 2023
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

August 14, 2023 to May 13, 2024
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.