TransLink’s U-Pass BC website is now available for eligible students needing to link their Compass card and/or load their U-Pass BC.
The U-Pass BC program is offered to students under agreements in place between TransLink, participating colleges/universities and their associated student societies, and the Province. Students pay for this pass through mandatory student fees.
If all of your classes are fully online at the start of the fall term, you will not be assessed U-Pass BC/MultiPass fees, in accordance with the program’s eligibility requirements.
If you have already activated your September U-Pass, it will remain active for the month, and you will be charged the September fee. However, you will not be eligible (or charged) for the remainder of the Fall 2021 term.
If you are a current student who is eligible for the MultiPass but experiencing financial hardship or significant personal obligations, you may qualify to receive a partial or full bursary for the MultiPass program through the KSA. For application deadlines and more information, visit: kusa.ca/u-pass-bc
If you are a current student in need of the U-Pass BC and are only registered in online courses, you may qualify for a monthly KSA Transit Pass Subsidy. For application deadlines and more information, visit kusa.ca/u-pass-bc
Please contact https://www.kpu.ca/upass for any questions
Please note: When obtaining your Compass Card from a Compass Vending Machine (CVM), a minimum Stored Value of $10 is required in addition to the deposit.
For more information about the Compass Card, click here to visit the Translink website.
How do I use it to travel?
After you've registered your Compass Card online and loaded your U-Pass BC, you’re ready to travel. Just remember to tap in and tap out when using transit to validate your fare, and always carry your KPU Card with you.
You’ll still need to request your U-Pass BC each month, which you can do on or after the 16th of the preceding month. It may take up to 24 hours to load, so remember to request it early. Guess what? You can set up your account to text or email you when it’s time to reload your U-Pass BC!
What is a MultiPass?
Passed by the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) through a student referendum in February 2011, the MultiPass provides additional benefits and services to KPU students. In addition to your U-Pass BC, some of the benefits and services include:
- A campus-to-campus shuttle program
- Discounted fitness centre passes
- A car sharing program
- Bicycle lockers
For more information, please click here to visit the KSA MultiPass web site.
How did it come to be?
On June 9, 2010, the Province of British Columbia announced the establishment of a universal "U-Pass BC" transit program at a discounted rate for post-secondary students studying in Metro Vancouver. The program provides system-wide transit access including bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain, as well as discounts on the West Coast Express.
At KPU, the U-Pass BC program is a partnership between The University, Translink and the KSA. In February 2011, the KSA held a student referendum to determine whether the U-Pass BC program would be adopted as a part of a MultiPass program which includes additional services and benefits. The MultiPass program was approved at referendum and was implemented at KPU in late August for the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester.