Undergraduate U-Pass (Bus Pass) Info


  • Due to COVID-19, not all undergraduate students will automatically be charged the U-Pass (bus pass) fee in their tuition.
    • 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 University Centre or 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 charge will show up in your MyPage Account Summary as “UVSS Bus Pass.”
  • The bus pass is non-refundable (unless you’re accidentally charged twice, or a graduate student).

How to pay for your pass for Spring term 2021

  1. Pay using our online form.*
  2. Please wait 24-hours 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 email the ONEcard office for an appointment.
  • It takes time to process your payment!

Allow a minimum of 24-hours for your payment to be processed before you come to campus to activate your U-Pass. E.g. If you pay at 2pm, wait until 2pm the next business day.

E.g. If you opt-in between 4pm Friday and Monday morning, the earliest you can come to campus to validate your card is Tuesday. Similarly, if you opt-in on the weekend or on a holiday, please wait 24-hours after the next business day 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 UVSS Fee*** Total
Full-time Distance* $81.00 Already paid in tuition $81.00
Part-time Distance**
Island Medical Program (IMP) Years 1 & 2
IMP Years 3 & 4 $81.00 $38.39 $119.39
STEPS Forward Program
International Exchange* $81.00 $76.85 $157.85

*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.

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 Winter terms, and after December 15 if you’re studying in the Winter 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 transit region.

Opt-Outs and Appeals

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

This includes: Students with physical or other differences in ability that render bus use impractical, 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).

If a student misses the opt-out deadline, or if their opt-out is denied, they may appeal the decision. 

All appeal requests must be submitted before the end of the third month of classes (November, March, or June), for the current semester, in order to be considered. 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 or call 250-382-6161.

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!