Vancouver has a fairly extensive public transportation system called Translink. It includes buses, a light rail system called the SkyTrain, and a commuter ferry called the SeaBus.
The Translink website has information about routes and schedules, and a very useful trip planning feature on its home page.
Wondering how to get to Regent by public transit? Visit our Getting Here page.
What is a U-Pass?
The U-Pass program at UBC provides Regent College students with affordable and unlimited access to Vancouver's bus, SeaBus, and SkyTrain systems in all zones. The pass costs $38 per month, and in Fall and Winter terms is charged up front for the entire term ($152) as part of your student fees. This is significantly cheaper than a regular monthly transit pass which costs $364 for the same length of time. For full details about this program, visit the UBC U-Pass website or download the U-Pass Info Sheet .
In order to collect your Compass Card and access your U-Pass for the first time, you must obtain your UBC card from the carding office inside the UBC Bookstore.
NEW: Compass Cards & the U-Pass
Regent College students are part of an early go-live group that will move to Compass Card in advance of the general public and regular UBC students. To obtain your U-Pass using your Compass Card, follow these steps:
Step 1: Sign up for an Affiliate CWL Account.
- Select Affiliate as your account type.
- Your Affiliate ID is your 8-digit UBC number.
- Your Affiliate Password is your date of birth in the format YYMMDD.
Step 2: Collect your initial-release Compass Card from Reception during business hours (please bring your UBC Card).
Step 3: Link your U-Pass and Compass Card. Follow the steps outlined for Regent students here.
Step 4: Log into the U-Pass website (upassbc.translink.ca) every month to request your monthly U-Pass benefit. You can request the U-Pass beginning on the 16th day of the month prior.
How do I get my UBC Card and monthly U-Pass?
Step 1: After registering, check that your Regent ID appears on the U-Pass Student ID List .
Step 2: Visit the Carding Office inside the UBC Bookstore to collect your UBC Student ID Card. You will need to present government issued photo ID when you pick up your UBC card.
Step 3: Once you have your UBC card, follow the instructions above ("under Compass Cards & the U-Pass") to request your U-Pass benefit.
Students must request their U-Pass benefit every month by visiting upassbc.translink.ca. Each pass can be requested beginning on the 16th day of the prior month. Passes are valid from the first until the last day of the month.
The UBC card must be carried in conjunction with the U-Pass whenever riding public transit. TransLink may fine individuals using the U-Pass who are not able to produce their student ID card when asked.
Am I eligible for a U-Pass in the Summer?
Summer U-Passes are available on a monthly basis depending on the classes you are registered for. The U-Pass will be available for the month that your class begins until the month when your last assignment is due. For example, if your class starts May 30 and the last assignment is due July 1, as long as you meet one of the requirements below, you will get the U-Pass for May, June, and July.
(a) If you are a returning student who paid student fees in the previous Fall or Winter term and are taking 3 or more credit hours in a given month in the Spring and/or Summer terms, the U-Pass will be mandatory for the months your class(es) are in session.
(b) If you are a newly-admitted student enrolled in a program and you are taking 3 or more credit hours in a given month in the Spring and/or Summer terms, the U-Pass is mandatory for the months your class(es) are in session .
(c) If you meet the criteria of (a) or (b) but you are only taking audit hours, you can opt in to pay the U-Pass as long as you are taking 3 or more audit (or audit + credit) hours in a given month in the Spring and/or Summer terms (counted from the first day of class to the last assignment due date).
Please note that if you did not pay Student Fees in either the Fall or Winter terms, or you are not a new student enrolled in a program, you will not be eligible for the U-Pass during the Summer Sessions.
Vancouver has many cycling paths crossing the city. Many students buy a good raincoat for the wet days and cycle to Regent. UBC and Regent are separated from the city by a beautiful forested park, which makes cycling and walking a wonderful experience.
If you plan to drive in BC during your time at Regent, here are a few things to consider.
Driver's licenses and car insurance can be obtained through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).
According to ICBC, if you are a full-time visiting student (whether Canadian or international), you can retain your driver's license from your home province or country. However, this applies only to the registered student, not to your spouse. Spouses can drive on their current license for three months, but then are required to get a BC driver's license. This period can be extended to six months if they have an International Driving Permit. We advise international students to keep a copy of their study permit and UBC card with them while driving.
If you are a North American student, you can either insure your vehicle with ICBC, or you may be able to retain insurance coverage from your home province or state, providing you register the insurance with ICBC. If you plan to insure your vehicle in BC, bring a letter from your insurance company stating how long you've had a "no-claims" history (safe driving record); this can give you a significant discount on the insurance rates.
Regent College has a small pay parking lot in which students, visitors, and members of the public are welcome to park. Some spots are designated for staff and faculty during work hours, but plenty of other spots are available too. Please note that payment is required during both daytimes and evenings, with reduced rates from 6 pm onwards.
A number of additional parking options are available on the wider UBC Campus, including:
- University Chapel - a short walk from Regent, U Chapel sells monthly parking passes at reasonable rates. A limited number of weekly passes and daily passes are also available. Contact University Chapel directly at 604.222.0800 or email@example.com.
- UBC Parking Passes - available through UBC Parking. Hourly rates for visitors are also available. Please visit their website for up-to-date rates.
A cab ride from Regent to downtown Vancouver is approximately $25. Within the downtown core, most distances can be reached for $10 to $15. A cab ride from Regent to the airport is approximately $25-$30. These are the most common taxi companies operating in Vancouver.
- Black Top & Checker Cabs, 604.683.4567, toll-free 1.800.494.1111
- MacLures Cabs, 604.683.6666
- Vancouver Taxi, 604.871.1111, toll-free 1.800.871.8294
- Yellow Cab, 604.681.1111, toll-free 1.800.898.8294
Planning to explore some of the islands off the coast of Vancouver? Visit the BC Ferries website for schedules and fares.
Trains and buses
- The Rocky Mountaineer offers train rides to Whistler.
- VIA Rail is Canada's chief railway line, connecting Vancouver with the rest of the country.
- Amtrak Cascades carries passengers between Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland.
- Greyhound provides bus transportation between cities, and covers routes across the entire country.
For more information on transit in Vancouver, visit the BC Passport website.