Student Bus Pass

Since 1995, the Central Student Association and the Graduate Student Association have negotiated a bus pass that offers unlimited access to Guelph Transit at a significantly lower rate than the public. Each renegotiation of the UPass is voted on by the student body. With transit routes spread throughout the city, students can make any neighbourhood their home. The CSA / GSA Transit Committee works with Guelph Transit to ensure service routes and schedules are reflective of students’ needs. Bus passes are available to both part- and full-time students enrolled in on-campus courses.

Summer Bus Pass Opt-In Information

Will you be in Guelph this summer but not taking on-campus classes? No problem! If you were a UofG student enrolled in the W23 semester, you are eligible to purchase a summer bus pass.

Are you taking designated DE courses or are you on a Co-op work term this summer? You are also eligible to purchase a summer bus pass.
Early Bird Opt-In Day: Wednesday April 26 | 10am – 6pm Cash & Debit Only
Opt-In Week: Monday May 1 - Thursday May 4 | 10am - 6pm  Cash & Debit Only
Opt-In Period: Monday May 8 - Thursday June 29 | 10am - 4pm (Monday – Thursday only) Cash Only

Passes are $154 and can be purchased from the CSA Front Office.


I’m registered in summer DE courses, can I still opt-in?
Yes. If all your summer courses are designated DE courses and you were not charged the S’23 bus pass fee, you are eligible to purchase a summer opt-in pass. The pass is a pre-loaded OnYourWay card, activated from May 1 until August 31, and available only from the CSA.

I'm registered for in-person courses, should I opt-in for the summer pass?
No. As an S23 registered student, taking on-campus courses, you will be charged for your bus pass along with your other compulsory fees. You will continue to use your student card on transit.

How do I check if I have already paid the Bus Pass Fee?
To confirm whether or not you were charged for the S23 Bus Pass, go to:
WebAdvisor  Account View   Account Balance, select Summer 2023  Charges  Compulsory Fees  Scroll to Bus Pass Fee – Undergraduate, confirm whether or not the fee of $154 was charged to your account.

I’m not going to be in Guelph during the Opt-in week, can I buy my bus pass online through the CSA?
No. We are unable to process online payments or e-transfers. You must be in-person to purchase your summer bus pass. An early bird opt-in day is set up for Wednesday, April 26th, between the hours of 10am and 6pm. We are not permitted to sell the summer pass prior to this early bird date. Early evening appointments may be made by request to CSA VP External (

I lost my S23 Bus Pass, can I replace it, or do I have to buy another one?
As long as you registered the original card with Transit and have the card number, a replacement card can be issued through Guelph Transit. Before you contact Transit, you must purchase a blank OnYourWay card. Blank cards may be purchased for $5 at a number of locations in town, including the CSA Main Office.

Once you have purchased your replacement card, you may cancel your original card and transfer your account to your replacement card through your Guelph Transit profile, or by calling Transit at 519-822-1811.

If you lose your pass and do not have the original card number, you will need to purchase a replacement pass at the full rate of $154 from the CSA Front Office before June 30, 2023. At any point in time, you may purchase rides and passes directly from Guelph Transit. The Summer Bus Pass, available only to UofG students, is priced at a significantly reduced rate when compared to public fares.

How do I register my Summer Bus Pass Card?
To provide your card with replacement protection, register your card here, or call Guelph Transit at 519-822-1811, Option #3.

For more information about Guelph Transit, visit their website here. Bus routes within Guelph can be found here or learn how to use Google Transit here.

Last Updated:
Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 9:59 AM