Information about U-Pass

The U-Pass program is suspended temporarily due to the impacts to program partners from COVID-19.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Edmonton Transit System Ride Transit Program. It is open to post-secondary students, including international students. To apply to this program, you need your Notice of Assessment as proof of income.


All students registered on-campus in at least one for-credit course at the University of Alberta Edmonton Campuses during the Fall, Winter and/or Spring/Summer term will be assessed the U-Pass fee.

The following students are exempt from the U-Pass:

  • Students at Augustana
  • Students enrolled only in the Executive MBA program
  • Graduate students designated as Off-campus Thesis students
  • Faculty of Extension Students (including those in the English Language Program)

Students who are exempt from the U-Pass program are not eligible to opt-in.

Students completing their Co-op or Practicum term in Edmonton and who have not been assessed the U-Pass fee, are asked to fill out a Service Request Form. Students will receive a notification from the Registrar's Office regarding their eligibility for a U-Pass for that semester. Please note that the Spring/Summer Service Request Form is available in late April, and the Fall/Winter Service Request Form is available in late August.

U-Pass Replacements

Replacement Costs
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Replacement Period
for Fall 2019 Stickers
Replacement Cost
U-Pass Rate effective September 1, 2019
September 1 - 30 @100% of rate: $153.00
October 1 - 31 @75% of rate: $114.75
November 1 - 30 @50% of rate: $76.50
December 1 - 31 @25% of rate: $38.25

Process for U-Pass Replacement if stolen

If your U-Pass sticker was stolen you will be required to purchase a replacement at the InfoLink ONEcard Service Centre in HUB Mall at the pro-rated cost.

You will then need to file a police report with the RCMP or Edmonton Police Service with a detailed description of what happened. It is very important that the narrative section of the report be completed fully with a thorough description of the theft. Bring a copy of the filed police report with the detailed description to the Dean of Students Office for review and consideration for a possible refund of the replacement cost.

Pro-rated U-Pass Replacement Pilot (ongoing)

From the letter of understanding between participating institutions and City of Edmonton Transportation Services.

Per discussions conducted at the Joint U-Pass Advisory meetings April through July 2014, U-Pass transit and institutional partners have come to the following agreement regarding piloting of pro-rated replacement pricing and process for U-Pass which began in Fall 2014 term.

For the pilot term, which has been expanded and is ongoing, U-Pass partners agree that:

  1. Institutional partners will charge students the following rates for U-Pass stickers claimed lost or stolen in the time periods noted and will remit fees to transit partners in accordance with these rates.
  2. Institutional partners responsible for sticker issuance will use the standardized lost/stolen replacement request form (request to purchase replacement) as provided by transit partners for students claiming lost or stolen cards in the pilot period.
  3. Institutional partners will continue to make students aware that U-Pass is not transferable and not for re-sale per the U-Pass agreement through standard communication channels and at the time of issue, as is reasonably possible.
  4. Institutional partners will track and account for replacements per replacement period, using the fees remittance template as supplied.

In addition to learnings around process, the pilot period will allow for collection of data that will help determine a replacement rate maximum (allowable % replacements per total distributed) to be incorporated into an ongoing arrangement for replacement pricing effective to the conclusion of the current U-Pass agreement. Recognizing that it will not be possible to do a final evaluation of the Fall term results until end of term on December 31 with Winter term commencing January 1 and final remittances for Fall term being submitted into the Winter term, the group understands that the pro-rated activities described above will be need to be carried throughout the Winter term.

Upon conclusion of the pilot term, partners will review outcomes and a decision will be reached regarding continuation and/or refinements needed.

Should partners unanimously agree to continue with pro-rating replacement for loss/theft U-Pass, any required amendments to main U-Pass agreements shall be enacted accordingly.


Students can apply for an exemption to the U-Pass if they fall into one of the categories listed below:

  • An employee of one of the participating transit systems,
  • A student with a valid disabled transit registration,
  • A student with a valid CNIB registration card,
  • A student also registered at either NAIT, MacEwan University, NorQuest, or
  • A thesis student conducting research out of the transit service area for more than 2 months of the term (you must provide a letter from your supervisor confirming this with your application).

To apply for an exemption

  • Please submit the U-Pass Service Exemption Form.
  • If you are a student on a co-op or work experience program and your placement is outside of the transit service area, please go to your co-op or work experience office to apply for an exemption to the U-Pass.

Deadlines to apply
December 31 for the Fall term, April 30 for the Winter term, and August 31 for the Spring/Summer term.

If you intend to apply for an exemption, do not pick-up your U-Pass sticker.

Terms and Conditions

  • The U-Pass is not valid until the U-Pass sticker is affixed to the proper location on the ONEcard.
  • The U-Pass is non-transferable and may only be used by the Student to whom the U-Pass is issued.
  • Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit, St. Albert Transit, Leduc Transit, Fort Saskatchewan Transit, and Spruce Grove Transit reserve the right to verify the validity of any Student's U-Pass.
  • A Student who fails to comply with the rules, regulations, policies and bylaws of Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit, St. Albert Transit, Leduc Transit, Fort Saskatchewan Transit, and Spruce Grove Transit respecting ridership may have his ridership privileges revoked without refund of the U-Pass Fee.
  • Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit, St. Albert Transit, Leduc Transit, Fort Saskatchewan Transit, and Spruce Grove Transit reserve the right to modify their respective transit routes and schedules.
  • The Fall term U-Pass sticker is valid from August 25 - December 31, the Winter term U-Pass sticker is valid from January 1 - April 30 and the Spring/Summer term is valid from May 1 - August 31. A new sticker is required for each term. Important Note: The Transit services provide no grace period for the U-Pass. You must have the proper sticker attached to your ID card prior to using transit. If you do not have the sticker, be prepared to pay. The fine for fare evasion on Edmonton Transit is $250.

Common Questions

What is U-Pass?

The Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) is an initiative of the Students' Union and the Graduate Students' Association, the local transit authorities, and the University of Alberta to deliver affordable and sustainable transit to the students of the University of Alberta. In 2007, students of the University voted to accept a mandatory fee assessment for the U-Pass.

A U-Pass is a valid sticker affixed to your student ONEcard.

U-Pass stickers can be picked up during regular InfoLink operating hours.
How does the U-Pass program work?

U-Pass is a group discount program, which lowers the cost of transit for University of Alberta students.

The U-Pass program is available for all students, graduate and undergraduate, registered in classes in the Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer Terms. The U-Pass is much lower than the cost of purchasing monthly passes for the same period of time because costs are spread over a large participant base.

U-Pass fees are collected by the University and transferred to transit providers to help fund the transit service.
What does U-Pass look like?

The U-Pass sticker will be affixed to your ONEcard at the time of issue.

OneCard Example
Can I claim the Federal Tax Credit?
U-Pass fees are no longer eligible to claim for the Federal Transit Tax credit as of June 2017. Learn more about the Public Transit Tax Credit.
Can I use the U-Pass for Spring/Summer terms?

All undergraduate students registered in EITHER a Spring or a Summer term class will be assessed the U-Pass fee. Students registered in both Spring and Summer terms may notice that they are assessed the U-Pass fee twice. This double assessment will be corrected automatically after the Spring Add/Delete deadline. No further action is required.

Students registered in a Spring or Summer class are able to pick up the Spring/Summer U-Pass sticker at InfoLink locations across campus during regular business hours. The pass is valid May 1 - August 31.
Can I use the U-Pass for the Airport 747 Bus?
Yes, U-Pass can be used to take this route.
How are fees collected from me?

If you want to confirm that you are assessed the U-Pass fee, please check your Account Details or Fee Assessment in Bear Tracks for the appropriate terms. You can find these under the Financials Menu.

The fees for the U-Pass will be assessed for each Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer term that a student is registered and will be reported on your fee assessment on Bear Tracks.

The opt-out deadline for the U-Pass is the end of the term; December 31 for the Fall term, April 30 for the Winter term and August 31 for Spring/Summer term.
How much does it cost to take transit without the U-Pass program?
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St. Albert


Fort Saskatchewan

Spruce Grove

Adult Pass: $377 Adult Pass: $420 Adult Pass: $457 Commuter Plus: $320 Integrated Pass: $737 Integrated Pass: $672
Post-secondary pass: $344 Post-secondary pass: $315 Post-secondary pass: $408 Leduc Only: $220 Commuter Pass: $360 Commuter Pass: $520
*Costs are based on four months
How much does U-Pass cost?

The cost for the U-Pass for Fall 2018, Winter 2019 and Spring/Summer 2019 will be as follows for all undergraduate and graduate students is $148 per term ($170.00 less the University subsidy of $22.00)

Graduate students in:

course-based Master's programs will be assessed the U-Pass fees during any term which they are registered for courses. The U-Pass fee is assessed once (in Spring) for both the Spring and Summer terms.

thesis-based Master's and PhD programs admitted after Fall 2011, will be assessed the U-Pass fee at the start of Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. The U-Pass fee is assessed once (in Spring) for both the Spring and Summer terms.

thesis-based Master's and PhD programs admitted prior to Fall 2011, who have Winter term registration(s), are considered active students through Spring/Summer terms and therefore will be assessed the Spring/Summer U-Pass fee in the Winter term.
What can I ride with U-Pass?

The U-Pass is valid any time, anywhere on regular ETS, St. Albert Transit, Strathcona County, Leduc Transit, Fort Saskatchewan Transit, and Spruce Grove Transit like a four-month bus pass. ETS will accept U-Pass on DATS. Starting Fall 2018, your U-Pass can be used on Route 747 (direct service to the Edmonton International Airport).

Exclusions include:

  • St. Albert Transit Handibus and Strathcona County Transit SCAT disabled adult transit services
  • Non-regular charter and special event services
  • Contracted services operated by ETS, St. Albert Transit, and Strathcona County Transit for outlying communities such as service to Morinville and Beaumont
Why is the U-Pass mandatory?

The U-Pass mandatory fee was overwhelmingly endorsed by University of Alberta students through referenda in 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2017. 2010 marked the end of a 3-year pilot project.

A universal participation base is fundamental to the U-Pass concept, allowing the costs of transit service to be spread across a large population. Student buying power is also increased when pooled, which helps further bring the price down. To ensure that the U-Pass price remains low, all full-time and part-time on-campus students must be part of the program.