The U-Pass


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

  • Apply online for your student ID and U-Pass once you have registered for classes.

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.