Universal Bus Pass

Get On Board the Bus

BusPass-logo-small NOTICE: Transit Windsor has continued to run as of May 4th on an enhanced “Sunday” schedule, meaning there will be a limited number of busses running per day. As well, safety precautions are being enforced to ensure the safety of both riders and drivers. More information can be found here.

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

Opt-Out Information

The Winter Opt-Out Period will begin on Monday, January 6th, 2020. 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.
Contact Info
UWSA Office For General Inquiries

519-253-3000 Ext. 3600 

Opt-Out Deadline

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