Transit (U-Pass)

U-Pass Validation station
Validate your bus pass at one of our U-Pass kiosks, like this one in the University Centre.

The U-Pass is valid with BC Transit and HandyDart services.  While using your card on BC Transit, you are obligated to follow the Victoria Regional Transit System Transit Tariff Agreement.  Your U-Pass will work on all busses running in the Victoria Regional Area.

Activating your U-Pass

When to reactivate your U-Pass

If you are registered in at least one on-campus credit course, your first card will have the U-Pass encoded on it when it's provided to you (it's charged in your tuition fees).

After that, each term you must update your ONECard at the U-Pass self-service kiosks starting on the following dates:

  • April 24 for students studying in summer session 
  • Aug. 20 for students studying in winter session (Sept.-April)
  • Dec. 15 for students studying in the spring term (Jan.-April) only

The U-Pass is valid with BC Transit on Greater Victoria buses only and HandyDart services. While using your card on BC Transit, you are obligated to follow the Victoria Regional Transit System Transit Tariff Agreement.

Co-op students

If you're accepted into a co-op program you will not automatically have a U-Pass as you did while taking on campus classes. Because of this, U-Pass fees will not be charged to your tuition while you are on your co-op term.

If you require a U-Pass while on your co-op term, you will need to opt in for one at UVSS or GSS.

Opt-in dates are by term only and do not have an earlier start date as those registered in courses (e.g. Aug. 31).

How and where to active your U-Pass

The U-Pass self-service kiosks allow UVic students to obtain a U-Pass after business hours.

Returning students with a current card can register for classes (ensure the U-Pass fee in included in your tuition fee), wait 24 hours, then visit a kiosk.

Kiosks are available in the University Centre lobby or in the UVSS Student Union Building (SUB) during building hours.

Watch a video on how to activate your U-Pass.