The U-Pass BC program is a subsidized transit pass program that provides post-secondary students with universal, accessible and affordable access to public transit across Metro Vancouver. The U-Pass BC program costs $180.40 per academic term or $45.10 per month, providing students with a full 3-Zone Pass per month.
To request your U-Pass BC for the month, visit the U-Pass BC website, select “University of British Columbia” as the school and log in with your CWL.
U-Pass BC Exemptions & Subsidies
Only students residing outside of Metro Vancouver AND all your courses are online or you currently enrolled in a co-op or practicum placement are eligible for an AMS U-Pass BC Exemption.
Driving a car and/or not using public transit does not qualify you for an AMS exemption. See FAQ below for more details.
Deadline to apply for the U-Pass BC Exemptions:
AMS U-Pass Exemption for Winter 2023
- AMS U-Pass BC exemptions
If you live outside of Metro Vancouver AND all of the classes you are taking are online/not in-person on the Vancouver campus in 2023/24 Winter Term 2 (January to April 2024), you may be eligible for an exemption.
- You can also be eligible for this exemption if you are a co-op or practicum student living outside of Metro Vancouver while on placement.
- APPLICATIONS FOR TERM 2 EXEMPTIONS WILL CLOSE ON JANUARY 26th 2024.
UBC’s Regular U-Pass BC Exemption
- Applications are now open. The deadline to apply for the regular U-Pass Exemption is September 18, 2023.
- Application is through the SSC
AMS U-Pass Subsidy
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible to have the cost of your U-Pass partially or fully subsidised.
AMS U-Pass Subsidy
The application period open and close dates for Winter 2023/2023 Terms are:
- Term 1: September 5th – October 9th, 2023
- Term 2: January 8th – January 19th 2024
This summer, the AMS is also offering transit subsidies for students ineligible for a U-Pass. For more information, please refer to the subsidies page.
Do I qualify for an AMS U-Pass BC Exemption?
- To qualify you must meet BOTH these criteria:
- You live outside of Metro Vancouver AND all your courses are delivered online or you are currently enrolled in a co-op or practicum placement.
- If you meet both these criteria you can apply for a AMS U-Pass BC Exemption.
- When applying for this exemption, please make sure to provide the address that you are living at during the period in which you are requesting the exemption
- If you don’t qualify for an AMS U-Pass Exemption you may still be eligible for UBC’s Regular U-Pass BC exemption.
NOTE: All AMS U-Pass exemption application decisions are final and there is no possibility for appeals.
What regions are part of Metro Vancouver?
- As negotiated with Translink, the following regions fall under Metro Vancouver: Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley (City and Township, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver (City and District), Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey (incl. Barnston Island), Tsawwassen First Nation, UBC, University Endowment Lands, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and White Rock.
I’m on a Co-Op. Do I still need to pay for a U-Pass BC??
- You can apply for an exemption ONLY if you are residing outside of Metro Vancouver during your co-op term.
- Co-op students are considered to be full-time students. As a result, if you are residing in Metro Vancouver during your co-op term, you will be assessed and expected to pay the fee.
I don’t need the U-Pass BC/I have a car. Why do I still need to pay for a U-Pass BC?
- All post-secondary students from participating academic institutions in Metro Vancouver are required to pay the U-Pass BC fee. This pooled financial effort is the reason Translink is able to provide a cost-reduced, subsidized transit pass specifically for post-secondary students. By having everyone contribute together towards the U-Pass, students can enjoy highly subsidized and accessible public transportation.
- Even if you don’t use your pass to commute you still benefit. U-Pass BC contributes to a better driving experience by reducing the number of vehicles on the road and parked at UBC.
What if I can’t afford the U-Pass BC?
- We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed financial burdens on students, whether those are long-term or short-term burdens. Supporting our members has always been and will continue to be a priority for the AMS. You can apply for the AMS U-Pass BC Subsidy.
I’m immunocompromised and will not be using public transit this fall. How can I get exempted from U-Pass BC?
- In coordination with UBC, we’ve worked to ensure that immunocompromised students are eligible for exemptions from the U-Pass BC fee.
- If you are not registered with the Centre for Accessibility, you can apply through your Student Service Centre (SSC) by selecting “U-Pass BC Exemption” under Finances.
I’ve applied for the exemption, when can I expect it to update on my SSC?
- As we are experiencing a high volume of exemption and subsidy applications, we are processing the applications on a rolling basis. You can still pay your tuition and if/when your subsidy or exemption is approved, your SSC will be credited. We do not send out emails to applicants who have been approved. You will only receive an email if your application has been denied.
Who can you contact?