U-Pass (Bus Pass) Program

What is the U-Pass?

The Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) is service of the Student Society that provides Camosun, UVic, and Royal Roads students with unlimited access to public transit in Greater Victoria at a significant savings over the $85/month that students would pay for an adult monthly bus pass. The program was established in 1999 by referendum of students and is one of the most used programs of the CCSS. The U-Pass works anywhere in the Greater Victoria Regional transit service area, but not in other locations in BC.

U-Pass for Enrolled Students

Bring your current student ID card with you to the library. If you need a replacement card, complete the Camosun ID Card order form (Open in new window) in advance.

Who is eligible?

All students who are taking any classes at Camosun, and are a member of the CCSS, are automatically assessed the U-Pass fee for each month of enrollment. The charges appear on your Camosun fee statement. This compulsory program makes transportation to Camosun affordable, eases parking and traffic congestion, and reduces the demand to pave more of our campus for parking lots. All students are required to participate in the program to achieve a very low price of 25% of the actual cost!

What if only enrolled for 7 weeks?

If you’re only enrolled for 7 week of the Summer semester and were also enrolled in the Winter semester then you can purchase the U-Pass for Non-Enrolled Students and then opt out of the U-Pass for Enrolled Students using option #2 on the form below. Be sure to keep your receipt when you paid at the library as it’s your only proof of purchase for opting out — if you lose it you’ll be unable to opt out.

U-Pass for Non-Enrolled Students

Bring your current student ID card with you to the library. If you need a replacement card, complete the Camosun ID Card order form (Open in new window) in advance. The cost for the Non-Enrolled U-Pass will be $94 for the semester. Be sure to keep your receipt as proof of purchase as it’s your only proof of purchase. Follow the steps below to purchase the non-enrolled U-Pass:
Step 1: Visit the library at either campus.
Step 2: Have your student card with you or order a replacement card in advanced. The library will confirm that you were enrolled during the previous semester and you can pay the $94 by debit or credit card.
Step 3: Your student card will be swiped to encode the new U-Pass expiry date of August 31st, 2021.
Step 4: Keep your receipt and/or take a picture of it, as you will be required to show proof of purchase in order to get a replacement should you lose your student card.

Who is eligible?

The U-Pass for Non-Enrolled Students is available to most students who were enrolled in the Winter 2021 semester but are taking the summer off. We are pleased to be able to continue the U-Pass for Non-Enrolled Students in the Summer 2021 semester starting April 19th.

Can I Opt-Out?

The Camosun College Student Society and BC Transit have agreed to allow students to opt out of the U-Pass only if they meet one of the four criteria listed on the U-Pass opt out form below. This opt out must be processed within 30 days of the start of a semester/term.

U-Pass Opt-Out Form

We are regretfully unable to opt-out for online students from U-Pass except for the limited reasons outlined below. At Camosun, we have long had online instruction, but such instruction has never been treated differently in terms of tuition or fees for students residing in the Victoria area. In these unreal times it remains important to be consistent in practice to ensure we are fair to all students and to BC Transit who has supported our members with affordable transportation for over 20 years. We’ve always encouraged students to use the U-Pass for transportation above and beyond going to campus. Whether your hanging out with friends or on a date, attending work, or starting/returning from travel, consider taking the bus!

Students who are taking any credit course(s) at Camosun are automatically assessed the U-Pass fee. The Camosun College Student Society and BC Transit have agreed to allow students to opt out of the U-Pass only if they meet one of the four criteria listed below. This opt out must be processed within 30 days of the start of a semester/term.

  • Requires Dr. Certificate confirming physical disability that precludes travel by regular BC Transit fixed route or the Handydart service.
  • Requires a photocopy of the bus pass.
  • Students who are enrolled at UVic must opt out of the U-Pass at UVic in Fall/Winter.
  • Students who have a Bus Pass provided to BC Transit employees or their family members are not allowed to opt-out of the U-Pass. This was stipulated by BC Transit.
  • This must be processed by the Co-op office.
  • Requires proof of registration: list of classes from Camlink or myCamosun
  • Requires proof of residency outside the Capital Regional District: Two support documents with address:
    Current photo ID and one of the following issued within the past 2 months: utility bill, government mail, recent plane ticket, written confirmation of current residency from Camosun International.
Please enter your student number: eg, C1234567
Please enter your first & lastname
Please enter your email address
Please select the term / semester

This opt out must be processed within 30 days of the start of a semester/term.

Please select the reason for opting out
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Please contact your placement coordinator at the Co-op office to opt out.

List of classes from Camlink or myCamosun. Max size 5MB.
Current photo ID with address. Max size 5MB.
One of the following showing your current address: utility bill, government mail, recent plane ticket, written confirmation of current residency from Camosun International. Max size 5MB.
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Please email upass@camosunstudent.org if you have any questions regarding the U-Pass program.