Bus Pass

All graduate students registered in on-campus courses are automatically assessed U-Pass fees with their tuition. Those registered in co-op or distance courses wishing to opt-in may do so through the GSS office.

Universal Bus Pass (U-pass)

The Universal Bus Pass is your UVIC OneCard. This card serves as your UVic graduate student identification. The U-pass provides our members with unlimited bus rises on Victoria Regional Transit.

For more information on the U-pass fee (and other ancillary fees), please see the UVIC graduate calendar.

U-pass provides our members with:

  • Unlimited bus rides on Victoria Regional Transit

Participation in U-pass has assisted students to successfully lobby for:

  • More trips to and from the campus at night
  • More frequent morning service on routes 4, 14 and 21
  • Direct bus routes from UVic to Swartz Bay on Friday afternoon in fall and winter semesters
  • Direct bus routes from Swartz Bay to UVic on Sunday evening in Fall and Winter Semester
  • Additional trips on Route 39 UVIC/Royal Roads
  • Additional capacity where required to meet demands

The U-Pass fee also includes 1) the GSS fee (which provides a member access to our services) and 2) the Athletics and Recreation fee, which provides our members access to base athletics and recreation benefits, as detailed below.

1) Breakdown of GSS Fee:

GSS 2018-19 fees by registration statusRegularCo-opDistance
Operating*$42.52$21.26$42.52
Capital Fee*$9.65$4.82$9.65
Childcare fee$1.02$0.51$1.02
VIPIRG$2.00$1.00$2.00
Anti-Violence Project$1.00$0.50$1.00
Ombudsperson$1.00$0.50$1.00
Constituency Groups$1.00$0.50$1.00
Clubs$0.50$0.25$0.50
WUSC (Student Refugee Program)$3.00$1.50$3.00
Campus food bank*$1.04  
CFUV*$0.52  
University 101*$0.52  
Conference Travel fee*$4.42$2.21$4.42
Distance travel fee*$1.04$0.52$1.04
TOTAL$69.24$33.58$67.16

 

2) Base Athletics and Recreation Benefits:

  • CARSA Squash Courts
  • Informal drop-in times and programs
  • Member-only rates on registered programs and leagues
  • Regular season home varsity games (subject to availability)
  • McKinnon Pool and Fitness Weight Centre
  • Ian Stewart Complex Informal skate drop-in and shinny
  • Equipment rentals through Vikes Outdoor
  • Wide variety of recreational or sport clubs

 

For more information on Athletics and Recreation benefits, see our snazzy video by clicking the link below! Please note that prices in the video are outdated – see our updated fees chart below under “Opting In”!

Opting In

 

If you are on a co-op work term, an off-campus student or visiting graduate student on special arrangement, you may opt into the U-Pass before September 30, January 31, and May 31 of each respective semester.

If you would like to opt-in, you may do so either online, using our form here, or in-person at the GSS Front Office.

All opt ins must pay both the U-pass fee and the Athletics, the full GSS fee, and Recreation Fee (unless waived by the Centre for Accessible Learning).

Opting in to the U-Pass in person

If you are coming into our office in person to opt-in, we will ask you to fill out the opt-in form and provide us with the proof of registration status (the proof of registration status can be found on your UVic MyPage). If you are on a special arrangement, you will need to obtain proof of this arrangement as a formal letter from your supervisor here at UVic, and this letter must be brought into the office. We will then ask you to pay the U-Pass opt-in fee by debit, cheque or cash (we do not accept credit cards).

Opting in to the U-Pass online

Please email 1) your opt-in form and 2) proof of registration status to our front desk, at gssoffice[at]uvic.ca

If you are emailing in your opt-in form as a co-op or distance student, you must provide proof of registration status as an attachment to the opt-in form (the proof of registration status can be printed directly from your UVic MyPage).

If you are on a special arrangement, you will need to obtain proof of this arrangement as a formal letter from your supervisor here at UVic. Once your opt-in has been received and processed by us, you will receive an email notifying you of the opt-in and providing E-transfer directions. You must then send an E-transfer to the GSS following the directions provided to you. 

Payment Options

In Person (with your forms)

  • Cash
  • Debit
  • Cheque (payable to “UVIC Graduate Students’ Society”)

By Mail

  • Mail a cheque payable to “UVIC Graduate Students’ Society” cheque with your completed opt-in form  and proof of registration to GSS, Box 1700, STN CSC, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2.

Electronically

  • Interac e-transfer  — send completed opt in form and proof of registration to gsoc [at] uvic.ca; subject: “e-transfer” to recieve detailed instructions.

 

Opting-out of the U-Pass – General Information

You may opt-out through the GSS office in person or by email to gssoffice[at]uvic.ca using the Bus Pass opt out form.

Students with disabilities can be exempted from the U-Pass fee with approval from the Centre for Accessible Learning. 

Proof of eligibility can include:

  • A ministry or employer-provided bus pass
  • A letter from the Centre for Accessible Learning
  • For students living outside of the service region: a recent utility bill or lease
  • For students enrolled in a class that lasts only two weeks: a copy of course registration or letter from department on letterhead

* Please note: submission of a scanned Driver’s License is not acceptable proof

Opt-out deadlines

The deadline for the U-pass opt-out is the last day of the first month of each term (i.e. September 30 for Fall term, January 31 for Spring term, and May 30 for the Summer term).

Opting out of the bus pass

Students who are eligible to opt out

  • They have a disability that prevents use of transit;
  • They live or work outside the Victoria Regional Transit service area;
  • They are assessed for the pass twice (through concurrent registration at UVIC and Camosun, or concurrent registration as an undergraduate and graduate student at UVIC, for example);
  • They are in receipt of the annual BC Bus Pass issued by the BC Ministry of Finance; or
  • They are in a distance program, and enrolled in an intensive course that has a short on campus component lasting less than three consecutive weeks.

Deadlines

Deadline for the opt out is the last day of the first month of each term. (i.e. September 30 for Fall term, January 31 for Spring term, May 30 for the Summer term).

With the exception of opt outs authorised by the Centre for Accessible Learning, U-pass opt outs must be submitted each term.

How to opt out

You may opt-out through the GSS office in person or by email to gssoffice[at]uvic.ca using the Bus Pass opt out form.

Proof of eligibility to opt-out can include:

  • A ministry or employer-provided bus pass
  • A letter from the Centre for Accessible Learning
  • For students living outside of the service region: a recent utility bill or lease
  • For students enrolled in a class that lasts only two weeks: a copy of course registration or letter from department on letterhead

Students with disabilities can be exempted from the U-pass fee with approval from the Centre for Accessible Learning. These students opt-out by registering through the Centre for Accessible Learning, who then provide the GSS with an opt-out list each term.