U-Pass

U-Pass

The U-Pass provides students with unlimited access to Translink’s Bus (including Community Shuttles and West Vancouver Blue Buses), Skytrain, and SeaBus services in all transit zones.  The U-Pass program is a joint initiative by the GSS, the SFSS, Simon Fraser University, and Translink. Complete information about the U-Pass program including eligibility, exemption, and appeals information are available here.

If you have questions or concerns about the U-Pass which are not address on the linked site, please contact our Director of Graduate Services via email.

February 2021 U-Pass Update

If you’re an eligible student who received a U-Pass BC in January, you will be automatically provided your U-Pass BC for February onto the same Compass card. No further action is required.

 If you’re an eligible student and did not receive your U-Pass BC by January 31st, please contact Compass Customer Service at 604-398-2042 or email at compasscard.ca

 For validation purposes you will need to provide your full Compass Card, Student ID and the name of the School you attend.

U-Pass BC – Spring 2021

At the December 2020 Council meeting, the Graduate Council of the GSS voted to reduce the U-Pass eligibility to students taking in-person courses or doing in-person research. In order to get a U-Pass for the Spring semester:

  • You need to be enrolled in a class with an in-person component (see the list here); OR
  • You need to enroll in the in-person section of your thesis course (G100). The G200 section is considered remote and will not receive a U-Pass. Note that you must be on a Safe Work Plan to be considered as doing in-person research.

Students who do NOT need the U-Pass for academic purposes for the Spring term must enroll in the G200 section of their thesis course. U-Pass eligibility is being finalized so that in-person students receive their U-Pass. In the meantime, everyone who used their U-Pass in the month of December was also given a U-Pass for January.

Due to the recent ransom attack at Translink, the U-Pass website is currently down, and students cannot request their pass online. Eligible students who are unable to activate their January U-Pass will need to call TransLink. If you have any concerns, contact our Director of Graduate Services.

U-Pass BC Planning for Fall 2020

Since the decision was made to suspend the U-Pass BC program for the 2020 Summer semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Simon Fraser Student Society, Graduate Student Society and SFU have worked with TransLink, and the other public post-secondary institutions and student associations in Metro Vancouver, to reinstate the program with appropriate eligibility adjustments. We are happy to announce that as of September 1, the U-Pass BC program will be resuming.

FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED AT SFU IN THE FALL SEMESTER (ONLINE OR IN-PERSON COURSES) AND CURRENTLY RESIDING IN METRO VANCOUVER:

The program will resume on September 1 with terms and conditions identical to those before the Summer term suspension. Your U-Pass BC will give you unlimited access to bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus transportation at the rate of $42.50 per month, collected as a $170 student fee alongside your Fall term tuition. In order to access your U-Pass BC, you need to acquire a Compass Card and make a request each month using the U-Pass BC website. Pre-existing exemption categories will continue to apply, which you can learn more about here.

FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED AT SFU IN THE FALL SEMESTER BUT NOT CURRENTLY RESIDING IN METRO VANCOUVER:

You will be considered ineligible for the program and you will receive a refund of your U-Pass BC fee, credited to your SFU student account. You will need to submit an U-Pass BC exemption application by September 22, 2020 at 4:30pm to ensure you get a refund. It is important that you do not request the U-Pass BC through the website linked above as that month’s pass and fee will be irreversible. Please allow a few weeks for SFU to process the much greater than normal numbers of ineligible students.

If you have any questions or problems setting up your U-Pass BC, please contact the SFU U-Pass BC office at upass@sfu.ca or 778.782.6930.

More information on the U-Pass program is available:
On the referendum: Council June 20 2011 – Appendix A – Election Committee Report (U-Pass Referendum)