The Universal Bus Pass (U-PASS) is a sticker that is placed on the back of your UBC Okanagan Student ID card and it allows you to have unlimited use of the transit system in the Kelowna and surrounding areas.
Yes, in September 2007, students voted to adopt the Universal Bus Pass (U-PASS) through a referendum and is a mandatory for Fall Semesters (September until December) as well as Winter Semesters (January until April) for all UBC Okanagan students who are members of the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) and are enrolled in at least one credit per semester.
Please note that the U-PASS is not mandatory for Summer Semesters, please see the section below titled "Can I use the U-PASS in the Summer".
There are currently six eligibility criteria in order to be exempt from the U-PASS fee.
The U-PASS is typically valid from September 1st until April 30th each year.
Due to COVID-19, we are offering a per semester (September-December as well as January-April) U-PASS through the GreenText and More Bookstore.
For both the Fall and Winter semesters, the U-PASS fee is automatically assessed on student's account as part of your student fees. The U-PASS costs $70.00 per semester; however, UBC does provide a 10% subsidy, so students only pay $63.00 per semester.
Please note that the during Summer term 1 and term 2 are not automatically assessed as part of the Summer Student Fees. You can sign into the SSC and review your Financial Summary. Please see the "Can I use the U-PASS in the summer?" section below for more information.
If you were a registered student for the preceding January semester or if you are enrolled in either Summer semester, you are eligible to purchase a Summer U-PASS which is valid from May 1st until August 31st.
Summer U-PASS can be purchased at the GreenText and More Bookstore.
2020 Summer U-PASS stickers is available for purchase at the GreenText and More Bookstore as of June 1st 2020 at 10am.
The cost is $63.00 and it is not included in Summer Tuition/Fees. You must bring your Student ID card with you.
In August, students may either purchase a one day transit pass or a sheet of ten tickets from the GreenText and More Bookstore, or alternatively, pay the individual fare.
You will need to visit Student Services and Financial Support and pay the replacement fee first, then bring your newly issued Student Card to our office (UNC133) for a replacement U-PASS sticker.
Please check the BC Transit website for the current schedules and transit stop maps. You can also use the Trip Planner tool on the BC Transit website which will tell you when the next bus will arrive.
Smartphone apps such as Google Maps as well as Apple Maps also allow you to view the bus schedules by searching for "UBCO Transit Exchange Stop", "Orchard Park Transit Exchange Stop", or "Queensway Exchange Stop", or if you have the "transit" setting turned on within the app, just by tapping on the individual transit stops.
Please note: transit service schedule changes during the summer-time. Primary routes such as the #97 Express and the #8 University/College frequency may be reduced over the summer. Some seasonal routes such as the #4 Pandosy Express, #6 Glenmore Express and #13 Quail Ridge may not operate over the summer. More frequent routes and transit service scheduling will resume in the Fall semester.
No. The U-PASS is non-transferable, and only the authorized student can use that particular Student ID card.
No. If a UBC Okanagan student was not assessed the U-PASS fee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can assist students.
The most recent U-PASS Referendum was held on November 4th and 5th 2015.
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