About the U-Pass

What is the U-Pass program?

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. The U-Pass has come into effect through SFUO (now UOSU) and GSAED referendums and through collaboration with OC Transpo and STO.

Benefits of your U-Pass
  • Reduced price for uOttawa eligible students
  • Provides unlimited travel on all OC Transpo (Ottawa) and STO (Gatineau) transit routes; including the O-Train and future light rail (LRT).
  • Significant savings compared to regular monthly transit services.
  • No age restriction.
  • Helps support a sustainable community.
  • Access to OC Transpo’s Park and Rides and ParaTranspo.
How do I pay for my U-Pass?

When you register for full-time courses at uOttawa, the cost of the U-Pass is linked to your student account and it will automatically be charged.  Please refer to the Payment of fees for information on how to pay your fees.

Notes:

  • Some sponsored students may opt-in the U-Pass program.  In these cases, the U-Pass fee will be added onto your statement of account and it is your responsibility to verify when the charges are applied to your account so you can come pick up your U-Pass.
  • If you drop down to part-time, withdraw from the University or finish your studies (including if you submitted your theses), you must complete an exemption form and return your U-Pass card in order to receive a pro-rated credit/adjustment on your statement of account.
How to use your U-Pass?

Your U-Pass is a smart card and will work on all STO and OC Transpo buses. Students will need to tap their U-Pass on the card readers upon boarding the bus or at the O-Train station.

How much is the cost of the U-Pass and when is it valid?

Term

Validity period

Cost (2019-2020)

Fall 2019/Winter 2020 term

Sept. 1 to April 30

$425.42

Winter 2020 term

Jan. 1 to April 30

$212.71

Spring/Summer 2020 term

May 1 to Aug. 31

$212.71

 

Due to the validity of the U-Pass in the Fall (September 1 – April 30), 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 and return your U-Pass before the refund 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.

ONCE YOU PICK UP YOUR CARD, NO REFUNDS CAN BE ADMINISTERED UNTIL THE U-PASS IS RETURNED TO THE UOTTAWA CARD SERVICE. 

Back to top