Affordable transportation for all

The U-pass offers unlimited use of public transit in Thunder Bay to all Lakehead students, for the same discounted price. If enrolled in the program, you receive a sticker that goes right on your Lakehead student ID card. Present your student ID card when you want to ride the bus.

What is the U-Pass and how does it work?

As students, affordable access to transportation is essential to our success. That’s why students voted to establish the Universal Bus Pass. Thanks to our collective purchasing power, we can access unlimited, year-round public transportation for a fraction of the normal cost.

The U-Pass fee for the 2016-17 academic year is $104.00. Full-time undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in the U-Pass (see FAQs for refund eligibility). Graduate and part-time students can purchase the U-Pass for the same low fee.

U-Pass (bus pass) pick up begins September 1, 2016. Bring your student ID card to the LUSU Main Office, located in room SC-0001 (across from Campus Tech in the tunnels).

The U-Pass is a tamper-proof sticker that is displayed on your student ID card. Show your student ID card when you want to ride the bus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the U-Pass free?

No. However you do save a significant amount of money (it costs about 10% of what a yearly pass would cost).

How much does it cost?

2016-17 year: $104.00
2017-18 year: $114.00

How long is it valid for?

Your U-Pass is valid year-round from September 1st to August 31st. A new pass is issued in September of each year.

How do I pick up my pass or opt in?

Bring your student ID card to the LUSU Main Office, located in room SC-0001 (across from Campus Tech in the tunnels).

What are the benefits?

Not only do you save a significant amount of money (it costs about 10% of what a yearly pass would cost), but it's also a safe way to ride home from events, parties, and clubs. Plus, a reduced demand for parking helps to maintain the green space on campus. You'll also never be left stranded, especially in the winter—it's a great backup plan for when your car doesn't start! Everyone's participation in the program helps reduce the costs for all students and reduces barriers to education.

Who can use it?

Part-time students
Full-time students
Graduate students
English Language Program students
Visiting scholars and exchange students

I started school in January, can I still get the U-Pass?

Yes. Students can get the U-Pass at anytime during the year. If you begin your studies during the Winter Term, you can buy the U-Pass for a reduced fee.

How do I replace a pass I lost?

1. Replace your student card at the Library
2. Stop by the LUSU office for a replacement sticker*
*Students are entitled to 1 free replacement sticker per year, multiple replacements are charged at full price.

What if I don’t use the bus?

The U-Pass program is dependent on the collective purchasing power of students. This means that many students pay a low fee, and all students benefit. Even if you have a car, you have automatic unlimited ridership across the City of Thunder Bay, guaranteed.
Some students cannot access Thunder Bay Transit.

You are eligible for a refund if you:
Reside outside of the transit service area during the fall/winter terms
Have a disability that requires you to use alternate means of transportation

If you meet these criteria you may be eligible to get a refund.
Sometimes students are billed in error.
Please let us know if you: were billed the fee and dropped to part-time status before September 30th.

Can a bus driver confiscate my student card or ask for identification?

Yes. Here is why:
The U-Pass is not transferrable. Only YOU can use it. If your student card image is blurry, damaged or otherwise unidentifiable, or if they have reason to believe it is not you – they may ask for another form of identification.
If they find that someone other than yourself is using your U-Pass, they will confiscate it and that person will have to pay cash fare. In the event that your U-Pass is confiscated, the city will return it to LUSU and provide an explanation.
This may be frustrating for you, but this actually helps to protect our U-Pass program.

What if I live outside of the transit service area?

You may be eligible for a refund for the U-Pass if you:
Reside outside of the transit service area during the fall/winter terms are a student with a disability who requires alternate means of transportation or a student who dropped to part-time status before September 30th

If you meet these criteria, you can apply for a refund beginning August 1, 2017. Applications for refunds are due by September 30, 2017.

What if I am a distance education student?

If you are a distance education student or student that takes their classes 100% online, you may be eligible for a refund. However you must be registered with the Thunder Bay campus and you must live outside of the transit service area. Online students living within the transit service area are not eligible for refunds.

I am a student on placement this year- am I eligible for a refund?

If your placement requires you to be living out of the transit service area during the fall and winter semesters, you may be eligible for a refund. You must prove your place of residence. Being on placement within the transit service area does not qualify you for a refund (ie: placement at the TBRHSC or other organization in Thunder Bay).

I am a NOSM or Law student, am I eligible for a refund?

In order to be eligible for a refund, you must meet one of the criteria below.

Do you meet the requirements to opt out?

You reside outside of the transit service area while attending Lakehead University.

You are a student with a disability and require alternate transportation.

You were automatically charged the fee and dropped to part-time, before September 30th, 2017.

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