Undergraduate U-Pass (Bus Pass) Info

Fall 2022 U-PASS: Valid from Sept 1st– Dec 31st

Eligibility for the Fall U-Pass

Need some clarity? Click here to view our U-Pass flow chart!

You are eligible to purchase the Fall U-Pass if:

    • You are registered for online courses and/or a co-op work term
    • You have paid/been assessed UVSS fees for the Fall term

The Fine Print: Please Read Before Paying!

  • No pro-rating (you have to pay the full cost of the pass no matter what time in the summer you purchase it, but it’s a discount no matter what!).
  • Students who have graduated cannot have lost/stolen ONECards replaced. The UVSS will not issue U-Pass refunds for lost/stolen ONECards.
  • Please note that sales are final (but don’t worry – you’ll love it too much to want to give it up)!

Please note that students enrolled in one or more “on campus” courses will be automatically charged for the U-Pass in your tuition. This means you will NOT have to opt in separately.

  • To see if you’ve been automatically charged for the U-Pass, check your tuition statement (see photo below). If the “UVSS Bus Pass” charge doesn’t appear there, you need to manually opt-in. To do this, use the instructions below (“how to pay for your pass”).
  • Students registered in at least 1 on-campus course for credit will automatically be charged for the bus pass. These students can activate their U-Pass using their ONEcard at any U-Pass activation station in the Jamie Cassels Centre (formerly named the University Centre) or the SUB
  • UVic also uses course location to determine assessment. If the course location is “M” that means it is on campus – any other designation is off-campus and students would not be assessed. 
  • Students who audit courses for non-credit are not assessed a bus pass, even though they attend classes on campus (but can opt in!).
  • All other students who have paid UVSS fees are eligible to purchase a U-Pass, including co-op, distance, Island Medical Program, and practicum students.
  • The U-Pass provides four months of U-Pass access within the Victoria Regional Transit System. (This period begins on the first day of the term [e.g. January 1st], and ends four months later, regardless of when you opt-in. Any late opt-ins will not be offered at a discounted price).
  • The bus pass is non-refundable (unless you are ineligible or are accidentally charged twice)

How to pay for your pass

  1. Pay using our online form.*
  2. Please wait 1-2 business days to validate your ONECard at one of terminals in the Jamie Cassels Centre (formerly named the University Centre) or the SUB.
  • If you don’t have a ONECard, you’ll need to contact the ONECard office to get one.
  • It takes time to process your payment!

Allow a minimum of 1-2 business days for your payment to be processed
 before you come to campus to activate your U-Pass.

E.g. If you opt-in at 4pm on a Friday, the earliest you can come to campus to validate your card is Monday afternoon or Tuesday. Similarly, if you opt-in on the weekend or on a holiday, please wait until the next 1-2 business days to validate your card.

Just keep in mind the business hours of the Jamie Cassels Centre and the SUB, so you don’t come all the way to campus to find out they’re closed!

Thanks for your patience as our staff do our best to serve all UVic students!

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Bus pass costs

Student Status Bus pass Athletics & REc^ UVSS Fee^^ Total
SUMMER U-PASS*** $81.00 $27 (admin fee) $108.00
Full-time Distance* $81.00 $93.41 Already paid in tuition $174.41
Part-time Distance** $81.00 $93.41 Already paid in tuition $174.41
Co-op $81.00 $93.41 Already paid in tuition $174.41
Island Medical Program (IMP) Years 1 & 2 $81.00 $81.00
IMP Years 3 & 4 $81.00 $93.41 $36.89 $211.30
STEPS Forward Program $81.00 $93.41 $36.39 $211.30
International Exchange* $81.00 $93.41 $73.85 $248.26

*** Summer pass – for students not actively enrolled in summer classes/co-op but who paid UVSS fees in the Spring 2022 term

*Full-time – 4.5 credits or more

**Part-time – less than 4.5 credits 

^^UVSS fee – this is mandatory for all students opting in to the U-Pass, as per the U-Pass contract.

^Mandatory Athletics & Recreation (ATRS) fee.

How to activate your U-Pass 

  • To register and activate your U-Pass, simply insert your ONECard into any of the U-Pass kiosks located in the Jamie Cassels Centre (formerly named the University Centre) or the Student Union Building. All students: The U-Pass must be reactivated after August 20 if you’re studying in both the Fall and Spring terms, and after December 15 if you’re studying in the Spring term only.
  • The U-Pass is part of your ONECard. (Are you a new student? Get your ONECard here.)
  • Please note: You can purchase the bus pass without having the physical card yet. 
  • To use your U-Pass once activated, simply swipe your ONECard upon boarding any BC Transit bus in the Victoria Regional Transit System.

Opt-Outs and Appeals

Under certain conditions, students can opt out of the U-Pass. 

This includes: Students with disabilities who can demonstrate their necessity to commute to/from UVic by automobile or means other than BC Transit fixed route or handyDart services; students already holding a BC Transit Pass through social assistance programs provided by the BC provincial government; or students who already have a Camosun bus pass. These students must opt-out by September 30th for the Fall semester, or January 31st for the Spring semester.

For more information on the conditions under which an opt-out can be accommodated, contact the UVSS Info Booth (250-721-8355 or info@uvss.ca).


This pass is not eligible for opt-outs or refunds as it is not mandatory.

The only exception is if you enrol in summer classes after you purchase the pass. Although you can’t opt-out of the summer bus pass, you CAN appeal the mandatory one (see below).

Note: Once you’ve opted in online, or via phone or email with UVSS Info Booth staff, it takes a minimum of one business day for the system to update before you can activate your pass at a U-Pass kiosk!

Transit System Information

For general transit route and schedule information, or for information on transit options if you have a disability, visit the BC Transit website or call 250-382-6161.