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Halifax Transit UPass

If you’re studying full-time at one of our metro campuses, the Halifax Transit UPass allows unlimited rides on bus and ferry routes between September 1 and May 31 (additional fares apply when travelling on MetroLink and MetroX).

Who gets a UPass

Students who are:

  • Full-time (in programs 20 weeks longer in duration) and registered at one of our metro campuses.
  • Registered in three or more units of course work through the Adult Learning Program.
  • Taking programs that are delivered off-site but located in Halifax/Dartmouth.

Opting out of the UPass

You’re eligible to complete an NSCC UPass Refund/Opt-in Request (PDF 255KB) if you:

  • Switch from full-time to part-time status before the official add/drop date for the term (view the academic calendar).
  • Hold a valid Access-a-Bus, XPass or Canadian National Institute for the Blind transit pass.

Park and ride

If you have a vehicle, as a UPass holder, you have access to some Halifax Transit park and ride lots.


At $183 for the academic year (if you start your program in January, the fee is $102), the mandatory UPass represents a savings of more than $450. The cost is included in your student fees.

Key dates

Date Details
June 1, 2021 Fall UPass refund or opt-in request submission opens
September 1, 2021 Fall UPass program commences; UPass active
September 21, 2021 Fall term UPass refund or opt-in request submission deadline 
January 18, 2022 Winter term UPass refund or opt-in request submission deadline
May 31, 2022 UPass program concludes; UPass inactive


If you have questions about the UPass program, contact your campus Business Office or email and put UPass in the subject line.

For bus and ferry schedules, visit Halifax Transit or call 311.

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