Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass)

The U-Pass gives all University of Alberta students unlimited access to public transit using the Edmonton Transit System, Beaumont Transit, Fort Saskatchewan Transit, Leduc Transit, Spruce Grove Transit, City of St. Albert Transit, and Strathcona County Transit (an overview of the U-Pass program can be found on the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) website).

Students pay for the U-Pass via the U-Pass fee assessed as a non-instructional fee.

Fall 2021

The U-Pass program has moved to a smart far system (using an Arc card). Students can pick up their Arc cards for transit starting Monday, 13 September 2021. Please visit the U-Pass page for more information on distribution locations and hours.

Please note that once the U-Pass program resumes, students will no longer be eligible for Ride Transit or the extended Youth Fare Products (which were temporary alternatives for the 2020-2021 academic year while the program whas suspended). 


History of the U-Pass

The current U-Pass agreement was approved through a referendum in 2021, but the program was originally established by referendum in 2007. The GSA negotiates for the U-Pass on behalf of GSA members, alongside the Students' Union and student associations from other Edmonton post-secondary institutions that have the program.