U-Pass / Compass Card

U-Pass BC is going digital, and will be linked to Translink’s new Compass Card for UBC summer students.

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:

  1. Visit upassbc.translink.ca
  2. Select UBC as your Post-Secondary Institution
  3. Enter your CWL login and password when redirected to UBC
  4. Request your U-Pass BC benefit for June (and each month afterwards)
  5. 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.

Important Information

  • 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.

Translink has also created a video on linking your U-Pass BC and Compass Card, and a guide on how to use your Compass Card.