UBC GSS, and AMS, together with other Metro Vancouver public post-secondary institutions and student associations have come to an agreement with TransLink to collectively resume the U-Pass BC Program for September 1st, with continuing support from the Province of BC.
The AMS, GSS, UBC as well as other public post-secondary institutions and student associations in the region, through surveys and consultations, learned that a large number of students rely on public transit not just for access education, but to also access essentials needs and services – whether it’s to visit the doctor, see family, buy food or safe leisurely activities.
What is the U-Pass BC program:
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 $170 per academic term or $42.50 per month, providing students with a full 3-Zone Pass per month, which would normally cost over $170 a month.
All my classes are online, do I still have to pay for a U-Pass:
All post-secondary students in Metro Vancouver are required to pay the U-Pass fee. This pooled financial effort is the reason Translink is able to provide a reduced cost, 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.
I am not living within Metro Vancouver, do I still have to pay for the U-Pass:
Students studying/living outside of Metro Vancouver can apply for a U-Pass exemption. More information on this can be found here.
I don’t need the U-Pass/ I can’t afford the U-Pass, how can I get out of it:
You can only be exempted from the U-Pass if you are either living outside the Lower Mainland or if you meet the exemption eligibility criteria as outlined in your SSC U-Pass exemption form. If you are facing financial hardship you may be eligible for the AMS Winter 2020-2021 Subsidy which offers either a full or partial reimbursement of your U-Pass fee. You can apply for the Winter Subsidy through the following link by logging into AMS CampusBase with your CWL.
For more information on the AMS Winter 2020-2021 Subsidy please visit here:
I’m immunocompromised and will not be using public transit this fall. What should I do:
We understand this concern and have worked with UBC Enrollment services to ensure that immunocompromised students are eligible for exemptions.