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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.

Key dates and deadlines

Date Details
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.