Compass is a durable, reloadable electronic fare card that will replace TransLink’s current paper passes and tickets. For students, this means that your U-Pass BC will be integrated into the Compass system and change how you get your U-Pass BC benefit every month. UBC is working with TransLink to ensure a smooth transition to Compass.
Get a Compass Card starting May 16th
Students can get their Compass Card starting May 16th from any U-Pass BC machine at the following locations:
- UBC Bookstore
- Old SUB
- UBC Robson Square
After getting a Compass Card, students will no longer have to pickup a U-Pass BC from the machines each month. All future U-Pass BC interactions will be online.
Link your Compass Card and U-Pass BC
Student U-Pass BC benefits will continue, and can be accessed with a Compass Card. U-Pass BC will continue to be a great value transit option for students with all-zone transit across Metro Vancouver and discounted West Coast Express fares.
Once students have a Compass Card, they will need to link it to a U-Pass BC account to use it as a monthly transit pass:
- Visit upassbc.translink.ca
- Select UBC as your Post-Secondary Institution
- Enter your CWL login and password when redirected to UBC
- Request your U-Pass BC benefit for June (and each month afterwards)
- Allow up to 24 hours for activation
Since it can take up to 24 hours for your U-Pass BC to load on to your Compass Card, be sure to log in and request your benefit well in advance of June 1st. Don’t get stuck without a transit pass!
Start riding transit with Compass on June 1st
Tap in and tap out every time you enter and exit a bus or station, including when you transfer. Check out TransLink's top 10 tips for using the Compass Card.
- Students will need to request their U-Pass BC benefit online each month, on or after the 16th, to ride transit in the following month.
- Your Compass-U-Pass BC is not transferable; carry valid student ID with you at all times.
- UBC summer students will receive Compass Cards for free in the initial release.
- Lost cards can be replaced at a cost of $6 from Compass Customer Service at Stadium-Chinatown Station.
- The U-Pass BC program protects your privacy, more information is available online.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more information about this process.