UWSA – University of Windsor Students' Alliance


The UPass has been suspended until further notice. Students will not be charged for the Fall bus pass and do not need to opt out. We understand that there are still students who rely on public transit to get around the city and to the UWindsor campuses; students can still purchase a bus pass at the rate of $151.50 + $5.10 photo identification fee that is valid until December 31st.

Bus passes will be available for purchase in the UWSA office starting Monday, August 24th by appointment only. Students can make an appointment by contacting uwsa@uwindsor.ca or by phone at (519) 971-3600. Bus passes will be distributed in the UWSA office to you and you will be required to have your photo taken for your bus pass on the date of your appointment. We politely require all visitors entering the UWSA office to wear a face covering, to respect floor markings, and any additional direction to ensure the safety of everyone.

Bus passes are available for purchase at these two Transit Windsor facilities:

  • 300 Chatham Street West – Windsor International Transit Terminal – 8 am –to 7 pm everyday
  • 3700 North Service Road East –Transit Centre – 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday

Get On Board the Bus

The UWSA, OPUS and GSS negotiated a universal student bus pass (U-Pass) for UWSA, OPUS and GSS students. In order to use the U-Pass, students will need to tap their U-Pass cards on the readers upon boarding the buses. Students must have their student ID when using the bus pass.

The U-Pass allows members to have unlimited rides on the regular Transit Windsor city service during the school year. 

Driving Today for a Better Tomorrow

Transit Windsor operates the public transit service for the municipality of the City of Windsor. You can view the route maps and schedules for the service area map at the Transit Windsor website at www.citywindsor.ca/transitwindsor. You can also view the terms and conditions and other useful information on the site.


The U-Pass costs $132 for the Fall and Winter semesters of each year. The fee is assessed to students during the Fall semester in their student fees. If you were not enrolled in the Fall Semester and begin classes in the Winter Semester, you will only be assessed for the Winter Semester at $66. Students can also choose to opt-in during the Summer semester at the cost of $66. 

Lost cards can be replaced at the cost of $15 at the UWSA office. Please note that it may take a couple of days for lost cards to be processed and replaced.

Pick Up Your Pass!

Bus passes for full-time and part-time undergraduate students will be available for pickup at the UWSA office (CAW Student Centre, 2nd Floor, Room 209). 

What to bring:

  • Student ID, or
  • Government-issued photo ID

Lost cards can be replaced at the cost of $15 at the UWSA office. Please note that it may take a couple of days for lost cards to be processed and replaced.

Opt-Out Information

PLEASE NOTE: Currently the dates for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 opt-outs will be available in the future.

Ensure you come prepared with the below information to opt out! Opt-outs will be processed in the UWSA office. If you have opted out in the Fall Semester, you do not need to complete an opt-out for the Winter Semester.

In order to opt-out:

  1. You must be the registered permit holder of a University of Windsor parking pass; OR
  2. You must reside, throughout the year, outside of the transit coverage area (see eligible area codes below)

Before you opt out, understand that you cannot opt back in under any circumstances until the next school year.

Opt-Out: Eligible Area Codes

Eligible for Opt Out: N0P, N7L, N7M, N0L, N0R, N9V, N8H, N8M, N8N, N9K, N9Y 

What to bring:
One (1) government-issued piece of identification:

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Passport
  • OR for those who do not have any of the above, you are required to have two (2) documents from the “additional proof of current residence”

One (1) additional proof of current residence:

  • Bill or statement in your name (bank statement, credit card)
  • Pay stub

Opt-Out: Parking Passes

What to bring: 

All of the following:

  • Ownership of vehicle
  • Photocopy of parking pass (must be the registered permit holder); and
  • Photo ID (either government-issued or Student ID)


  • Only the registered permit holder is eligible to opt-out
  • If multiple persons are using the same information to opt-out, all will be disqualified from receiving a refund

Due to the high volume of parking passes, we are only able to offer a limited number of opt-outs for eligible students holding parking passes. 

Getting Your Money Back

Eligible students who successfully opted out will be reimbursed via cheque.

Summer Opt-In Information

UWSA, OPUS and GSS students are able to opt into a summer bus pass at the same rate. Students have the option of opting-in for the summer term (May-August) at the discounted rate of $66.00; however, this is only possible if you were a full-time undergraduate, part-time or graduate student during the Fall or Winter term. 

  • Summer Opt-in Period will be announced in the Winter Semester.  
  • Opt-in at the UWSA Offices located in Room 209, 2nd Floor CAW Student Centre
  • Opt-in hours are:
    • Monday-Thursday @ 10am – 12pm and 1pm-3pm
    • Friday @ 10am-1pm

Deactivated U-Pass Cards

U-Pass cards that have been stolen or lost will be deactivated. Once the card has been deactivated, it is no longer active and will, therefore, prevent any other individual from using the card. Any U-Pass replacements that are made automatically deactivates the previous card, consequently, the only U-Pass card that is active is the most recent U-Pass that was acquired by the student.

Once you have picked up your U-Pass the card is yours to use as long as you remain an eligible full-time undergraduate or graduate student. No refunds will be processed for issued cards.

Additional U-Pass Information

Information such as validity, confiscation of bus passes and terms of use can be found on Additional U-Pass Info document.


Feel free to view our Frequently Asked Questions about the Universal Bus Pass. Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions, comments, or concerns at uwsa@uwindsor.ca.