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Dalhousie & King's College UPass

Please note: The information below is specific to Dalhousie University and University of King's College students only.


Your UPass is a Metro Transit pass, specifically for the use of Dalhousie and King's College students.

If you're a full-time student, your UPass allows you to ride Metro Transit's conventional bus and ferry services beginning September 1 until April 30.


logoelement Am I eligible?

All full-time students receive a Dal/King's UPass. Part-time students and post-graduate medicine students are not eligible. There is no opt-out clause for the UPass program (see refund eligibility).


logoelement How much does it cost?

The 8 month UPass fee is $134 (plus the institutions administrative fees) and is part of your mandatory incidental student fees. 


logoelement Where and when do I get my U-Pass?

You can pick up your UPass at any of the following locations once you have your student ID:

  • Student Accounts, Basement Level, Henry Hicks Academic and Administration Building
  • DalCard Office, 1443 Seymour St
  • Student Service Centre, 1360 Barrington St, Sexton Campus

If you lose your UPass, you can get a new one for a $15 replacement fee. Just visit any of the above locations.


logoelement How does it work?

Your UPass is valid for unlimited use, 7 days a week, throughout the academic year, ending on April 30.

UPass is accepted on all conventional Metro Transit buses and ferries, excluding MetroLink, MetroX, and Community Transit buses. (Appropriate additional fare is required on these special services.)


logoelement Refund eligibility?

You are eligible to receive a refund for your UPass fee under the following circumstances.

  • If your academic program requires that you be outside HRM for the full winter term (e.g., co-op placements, clinical placements, fieldwork and research projects)
  • You are an Access-a-Bus user or have a CNIB pass and are able to provide proof of registration before the add/drop date
  • Your student fees have been refunded for any reason by the University
  • You withdraw from the University, or change from full-time to part-time status before the add/drop date

To arrange a refund in these circumstances, visit the DalCard Office, 1443 Seymour St.


logoelement What if I live outside the Metro Transit service area?

You can drive to any Park & Ride location, park your car (for free, with only a few exceptions), and catch the bus from there. You'll find Park & Ride lots at the following locations:

  • Alderney Ferry Terminal ($30 with UPass)
  • Bridge Terminal, Dartmouth Sportsplex ($32 with UPass)
  • Centennial Arena
  • Downsview Terminal, Downsview Mall
  • Cobequid Terminal
  • Exhibition Park
  • Hubley Centre, Tantallon
  • Maybank Field, Mic Mac Blvd
  • Mumford Terminal, Halifax Shopping Centre Annex
  • Penhorn Terminal
  • Portland Hills Terminal
  • Sackville Terminal
  • South Centre Mall, Spryfield
  • Woodside Ferry Terminal

For detailed information, visit


logoelement What if I live on campus?

UPass isn't just for commuting! Your UPass lets you hop on the bus at any time - for a trip downtown or to the mall, for a ferry cruise to Dartmouth or a hike in the park. Explore HRM! Check schedules and routes under the Schedules & Route Map section of our website.


logoelement Your UPass is yours alone

Your UPass cannot be loaned, sold or transferred to another person. With the UPass, operators check your DalCard/ King's student photo ID. If the pass is misused, it will be confiscated and returned to the University.

In the event your UPass is confiscated for any reason, contact the DalCard Office, 1443 Seymour St. If UPass privileges are misused, the pass can be revoked without refund.


logoelement Which bus do I take?

Several bus routes serve Dalhousie's campuses, including two University routes:

Route #41 Dartmouth/Dalhousie

Bridge Terminal in Dartmouth to Dal Terminal (SUB) via Barrington St. (Sexton Campus).

Route #42 Lacewood/Dalhousie

Lacewood Terminal in Clayton Park to Dal Terminal (SUB) via Main Ave., Robie St., (Carleton Campus), South St.

Other bus routes to Dalhousie campuses

#1 Spring Garden

#7 Robie

#9 Barrington

#10 Dalhousie 

#14 Leiblin Park

#17 Saint Mary's

#18 Universities

#58 Woodlawn

Metro Transit Riders' Guide and Route Maps are available on buses and ferries, on campus at the DSU Info Desk in the Student Union Building, the Student Services Office in the Killam Library, and the Student Services Office on Sexton Campus.


logoelement Questions on the UPass?

Student Services

Room 628, Killam Memorial Library

6225 University Avenue

Halifax, NS  B3H 4H8

Hours: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 902.494.2404

Fax: 902.494.6848


For information, call the HRM Call Centre at 490-4000.