URSU Winter 2024 Transit Pass
Visit the URSU Member Services Desk on the second floor of the Riddell Centre to activate your URSU Winter 2024 U-Pass. The U-Pass activation begins on December 7th, 2023 (please note that we will be closed from December 17th to January 7th).
U-Pass Cost and Activation
The U-Pass costs $87.60, which is charged to students’ tuition accounts, so they don’t pay upfront. Students must come to the Students’ Union office to get their bus pass activated, which is located on the 2nd Floor of Riddell Centre, and the bus pass is on the back of their Student ID cards. This is at a rate cheaper than the currently discounted post-secondary student rates for single rides (20 for $55) or a pass, which is $78 per month. All University of Regina students that are URSU members are eligible to get the U-Pass.
Anyone with a U of R student ID is eligible to get the Winter U-Pass. We cannot activate or re-activate a card if you do not bring it in person, and you must be present to activate the card. If you do not have a URegina Student ID Card, please get one from the University’s Registrar’s Office located on the second floor of the Ad/Hum building. if you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
See us at URSU during regular office hours, and one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives can help get you – on your way to those important appointments, home after class, or just seeing the sights of the city!
If you wish to Opt-out of the U-Pass program, please click the button below and read the information on that page to understand if you qualify for an opt-out and the process necessary to do so.
The U-Pass costs $87.60, which is charged to students’ tuition accounts, so students don’t pay upfront.
The Fall semester and the Winter semester.
Anyone with a U of R student ID is eligible to get the U-Pass.
All University of Regina students are eligible to get the U-Pass. Students are either automatically assessed the fee or may choose to opt-in. You can tell if you were automatically assessed (and thus need to activate a pass or opt-out) by checking your URegina Self Service account.
Students who take at least 1 on-campus course are automatically enrolled in the program and must pay for the pass unless they are eligible to opt-out.
Students who typically are not automatically assessed the fee include:
- Students taking only Online courses (this is different from Remote courses).
- Students studying only at locations outside of Regina.
- Nursing students with only an off-campus practicum.
- Graduate students taking only “maintenance” courses.
- Students in a co-op program work term with no on-campus courses.
For all U of R students, yes. Visit us with your student ID card and your proof of enrollment or present your fee statement, and we will load a semester of coverage for you. We will then notify the University to charge the U-Pass fee directly to your URegina account. ESL students, LINC students and Campus For All students will be required to pay for their pass at the time of activation. There is no deadline to opt-in or to activate your card.
At this time, University of Saskatchewan and Sask Polytech students cannot opt in to or receive the University of Regina U-Pass.
Activations will be processed right away, along with opt-ins as they are done at the URSU front desk. All opt-outs will be processed by February 9th, 2024.
You must re-activate your pass every semester by visiting URSU. We then load the new semester’s dates onto the card. We cannot activate or re-activate a card if you do not bring it in person, and you must be present to activate the card; you cannot send a friend or parent to activate your card for you due to security risks and our agreement with the City of Regina, unless you have a valid reason to not be present and give us explicit permission to allow someone else to activate your card on your behalf.
Students with the new integrated URegina Student ID/Bus Pass card should bring this to the URSU Member Services Desk or Multipurpose Room and we will load a semester on the card.
Students with the old, single-sided URegina Student ID card should bring their URegina Student ID to the URSU Member Services Desk or Multipurpose Room and we will add a pre-activated sticker to the card. If you would prefer an integrated card instead, you can purchase this from the Registrar’s Office for $15.
If you do not have a URegina Student ID Card, please get one from the University’s Registrar’s Office located on the second floor of the Ad/Hum building.
If you have a U-Pass sticker, we will replace the sticker at no cost to you.
If you have a double-sided Student ID Card (one with the U-Pass on the back), you may need to get a new ID from the Registrar’s Office. If the card is damaged or lost, you will have to pay $15. If the card stopped working without any obvious sign of damage, you may be eligible for a free replacement. Please visit the Member Services desk to allow us to investigate and provide you a free replacement authorization form, if appropriate.
Yes, the URSU Member Services Desk will continue to sell 10 and 20 ride passes, as well as the standard types of monthly passes (i.e. Adult, Post-Secondary, Youth, Senior, etc.).
Yes! If you are a registered Paratransit user, you can use the pass for that service as well.
There are a number of side benefits for you and the city in general when more people are using public transit, e.g. less pollution, more parking, and less traffic congestion. Some students find that the bus ride is a good opportunity to finish that reading you didn’t quite finish the night before. When the first snowfall hits, the bus is usually a less worrisome trip to the university than dealing with the increased traffic and potential for accidents in a car. If you want to go out for a drink, there is nothing better than knowing that you can get home safely with a pass that you’ve already paid for.
Perhaps most importantly, you can save a lot of money if you take the bus instead of a car. With a car, you have to pay for gas, maintenance, plates, plus all the indirect infrastructure costs that come from having so many cars on the road. According to a report from CAA in 2013, the average annual cost of driving a compact car is about $9500. Larger cars, trucks, and SUVs cost even more. On the other hand, two semesters of the U-Pass costs only $175.20 ($87.60 per semester).
Not anymore. The Federal government has removed this tax credit as of 2018.