The U-Pass

Winter U-Pass 2020

Carleton University is actively working with our partners at OC Transpo to ensure all students eligible for the U-Pass in the Winter 2020 term receive an update regarding their U-Pass fees.

  • For more information on OC Transpo operations, please visit: OC-Transpo Covid-19 Response
  • Students who have become ineligible will receive an email detailing next steps the following Sunday.
  • Students who wish to opt-out of the U-Pass service should review the eligibility criteria: Opt-out Criteria

Summer U-Pass 2020

  • The UPASS fee will be waived for the summer 2020 term. Although there will be no UPASS provided to students, students who are registered in summer classes and are in need of a bus pass to access their essential services job, should complete the Student Emergency Fund In-Take Form.

The Universal Transit Pass (U-PASS) is a discounted fare offered through Carleton University’s partnership with OC Transpo. The U-Pass program is the result of successful referendums in 2012 and 2016, organized by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). Subsequently, contract negotiations were completed between the University and OC Transpo, resulting in a legally binding agreement which provides a discounted transit fare to all eligible students.

Eligible students are entitled to unlimited travel on OC Transpo and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) in Gatineau. Only Para Transpo service to rural zones requires a supplemental fare.

The U-Pass is a compulsory fee for all eligible students.

New Students

Remember: your U-Pass is not transferable and cannot be shared.

Re-use your U-Pass smartcard each semester

U-Pass smartcards will be programmed each semester with expiry dates so that the same cards can be reused. Before each semester, students will be instructed when and where to tap their cards to activate them.