U-Pass BC

U-Pass BC

The U-Pass gives you unlimited access to any and all of TransLink services, including bus routes, Skytrains, and the SeaBus. The U-Pass is a mandatory, but very popular, program for all AMS members. It costs $38 and was re-approved by 96% of voters at the most recent student referendum.

Compass Card

Compass Card is now available to summer students! Be sure to pick yours up at U-Pass dispensers and load them up at upassbc.translink.ca before the 1st of every month.

All you need to do is Tap-in when you get on a bus and Tap-Out when you get off the bus.

For questions and inquiries, contact the Transit & U-Pass Commissioner, Jael Lumba, at upass@ams.ubc.ca or visit summer office hours: 1:00-3:00pm Mon/Wed/Thurs in NEST 3512.

How it Works

The easiest way to understand the U-Pass is to think of it as an individual mandate, like Obamacare, or a group buy for sports team equipment. We mandate that all our members buy a U-Pass, and then negotiate with Translink on the basis of having thousands and thousands of members.

Cost Savings

Thanks to our kickass negotiators, the program represents a big cost saving for you.

Your U-Pass costs $38. Purchased individually, a comparable pass would cost $170. Not only is the U-Pass way, way cheaper than it should be, it’s the cheapest pass of any kind that Translink offers. Elementary and high school students pay more to ride the bus in Vancouver. Little baby high schoolers pay more to ride the bus.


If your program of study qualifies for the U-Pass, then the university will automatically charge you for it on your financial account. UBC is good like that. If you’re worried about your eligibility for the U-Pass, you can check your financial account through the SSC to verify your payment.

Under some circumstances, we can refund your U-Pass.

If you drop all your courses during the Add/Drop, and you surrender your U-Pass to Enrollment Services, you’ll get a full refund of your U-Pass fees.

You can also apply for an exemption from the program, if you meet certain criteria. You can find details on those criteria here: http://www.upass.ubc.ca/exemptions-and-subsidies/