Halifax Transit U-Pass
All full-time students at one of our three metro campuses (Akerley, IT, and Ivany) are automatically supplied a U-Pass - full, unlimited access to Halifax Transit services. This transit program helps you get around without having to search for parking, maintain a car, and pay for gas. It's also a great way to assist NSCC in our sustainability goals. NSCC's U-Pass program runs between September 1 and May 31 (additional fares apply when travelling on MetroLink and MetroX). Please note: we do not offer a summer transit pass program.
Who gets a U-Pass
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
- Method of delivery of program does not impact eligibility for U-Pass
The mandatory U-Pass represents a significant cost savings over monthly transit passes.
- Students starting programs in fall term - cost of the U-Pass is $189
- Students starting programs in winter term - cost of the U-Pass is $105
The cost is included in your student fees.
Opting out/Opting in to the U-Pass
You may be eligible to submit an NSCC U-Pass Opt out/Opt in Request (PDF 1MB) in the following circumstances:
Opt out circumstances
|Opt out circumstance||Documentation required|
|You are officially withdrawing from NSCC prior to the advertised deadline for your program.||No additional documentation required.|
|You change from full-time to part-time status before the official add/drop date for the term.||No additional documentation required.|
|You currently hold a valid Access-a-Bus, CNIB, WIH or X-Pass transit pass.||A copy of your current pass (front and back).|
|You currently reside outside of the Halifax Transit service area.||Current proof of residence such as a utility or other bill, lease or mortgage, home or tenants' insurance for your residence in your name.|
|You have a medical concern that prevents you from taking transit.||Letter from your physician/medical practitioner.|
You cannot opt out of the U-Pass if:
- you choose to drive, bike, or walk to campus
- you live near campus
- your schedule doesn't allow you to take the bus
Opt in circumstances
|Opt in circumstance||Documentation required|
|You are studying full-time online through eCampus.||No additional documentation required.|
|You are moving from part-time to full-time status.||No additional documentation required.|
Please ensure you submit your opt out or opt in by the posted deadline.
|June 1, 2023||Fall U-Pass opt out or opt in request submission opens|
|August 21, 2023||U-Pass stickers available for pick up through your campus Business Office|
|September 1, 2023||Fall term U-Pass program commences; U-Pass active|
|September 19, 2023||Fall term U-Pass opt out or opt in request submission deadline|
|January 17, 2024||Winter term U-Pass opt out or opt in request submission deadline|
|May 31, 2024||U-Pass program concludes; U-Pass inactive|
Please note: Students in our Adult Learning Program who begin their program at other times of the year are asked to submit an opt out within 2 weeks of their program start date.
Picking up your U-Pass
Please drop by your campus Business Office with your Student ID card to have your U-Pass sticker applied.
Park and ride
If you have a vehicle, as a U-Pass holder, you have access to some Halifax Transit park and ride lots.
If you have questions about the U-Pass program, contact your campus Business Office or email and put U-Pass in the subject line.
For bus and ferry schedules, visit Halifax Transit or call 311.