Thanks to a partnership between Translink, the NVIT Students Society, NVIT, and the Ministry of Transportation, students at NVIT are eligible for a monthly all-zone transit pass. The U-Pass BC Program costs students $39.50/month and provides unlimited access to Bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain services across the region.
The program is mandatory for all eligible NVIT students and the cost is automatically included as part of your student fees.
Compass Cards can be purchased for a $6.00 refundable deposit from any Compass Retailer. List of Compass Retailers - https://www.compasscard.ca/FindRetailer
U-Pass BC is digital, and is linked to Translink’s Compass Card for NVIT students. Compass is a durable, reloadable electronic fare card that replaces TransLink’s current paper passes and tickets.
Link your Compass Card and U-Pass BC
Student U-Pass BC benefits will continue, and can be accessed with a Compass Card. U-Pass BC will continue to be a great value transit option for students with all-zone transit across Metro Vancouver and discounted West Coast Express fares.
Once students have a Compass Card, they will need to link it to a U-Pass BC account to use it as a monthly transit pass:
1. Visit upassbc.translink.ca
2. Select NVIT as your Post-Secondary Institution
3. Enter your NVIT login and password
4. Request your U-Pass BC benefit for the required month (and each month afterwards)
5. Allow up to 48 hours for activation
Since it can take up to 48 hours for your U-Pass BC to load on to your Compass Card, be sure to log in and request your benefit well in advance of 1st of each month. Don’t get stuck without a transit pass!
Start riding transit with Compass
Tap in and tap out every time you enter and exit a bus or station, including when you transfer.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more information about this process.
Translink has also created a video on linking your U-Pass BC and Compass Card, and a guide on how to use your Compass Card.
Compass Card Top 10
West Coast Express & UPASS BC Notes