The Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) is another great service the UVSS is proud to provide. The U-Pass offers students unlimited access to BC Transit services within the Victoria transit region.
All students enrolled in at least one (1-unit) on-campus course are charged $81.00 for four months of U-Pass access. The charge will show up in your MyPage Account Summary as “UVSS Bus Pass”. Access to the U-Pass provides significant cost savings to students, as an independently purchased student transit pass comes at a cost of $77.00 per month.
The U-Pass program provides safe, reliable transportation around the Victoria transit region, and serves as many students’ primary mode of transport. In addition convenience and affordability, the U-Pass eases traffic congestion and reduces the demand for more paved parking lots on campus.
To register and activate your U-Pass, simply insert your ONECard into any of the U-Pass kiosks located in the University Centre or the Student Union Building.
To use your U-Pass once activated, simply swipe your ONECard upon boarding any BC Transit Bus in the Victoria transit region.
Certain students, such as Co-op, online, Island Medical Program and practicum students are not automatically enrolled in the U-Pass, but are able to opt in if desired. To do so, visit the UVSS Info Booth (250-721-8355) in the Student Union Building. Hours are 10AM-3PM, Monday to Friday.
Under certain limited conditions, students can opt out of the U-Pass. For instance, students with physical or other differences in ability that render bus use impractical are able to opt out, as are students already holding of a BC Transit Pass through social assistance programs provided by the BC provincial government.
For more information on the limited conditions under which an opt out can be accommodated, call (250-721-8355) or visit the UVSS Info Booth. All requests to opt out should be submitted before the end of the third month of classes (November or March). The form can be found here.
For general transit route and schedule information, or for information on transit options if you have a disability, visit the BC Transit website at www.busonline.ca/regions/vic or call 382-6161.