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Transit

Public transportation

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.

U-Pass

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 $36.75 per month and in Fall and Winter terms, is charged up front for the entire term ($147) 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 U-Pass for the first time, you must obtain your UBC card from the carding office inside the UBC Bookstore.

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, you can swipe your card at the U-Pass dispensing machine in the UBC Bookstore to collect your U-Pass.

Students must pick up their U-Pass every month at dispensing machines located in the Carding Office in the UBC Bookstore. Each pass is available for pick up on the 16th day of the prior month. On the 16th day of the month the machines will automatically switch distribution to the upcoming month's pass. 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 given out on a monthly basis depending on the classes you are registered for. A U-Pass will be given 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 retuning 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 new 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.



Airport

The Vancouver International Airport is located just 20 minutes from campus by car, and is also accessible by public transit using the SkyTrain’s Canada Line.


Cycling

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.

UBC provides online cycling routes, or you can visit the City of Vancouver’s site.

Driving

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.


Parking

Regent College has a small parking lot for staff and faculty, which opens for student parking from 4:30 pm to 7:30 am Monday to Friday and on weekends. 

There are also a number of parking options on the wider UBC campus.

University Chapel is located a short walk from Regent, and sells parking passes for approximately $30 per month or $100 per term. A limited number of weekly passes ($10) and daily passes ($2.50) are also available. Contact University Chapel directly at 604.222.0800 or uc@universitychapel.org.

UBC Parking Passes are available through UBC Parking. The FlexPass provides unlimited parking at designated parkades and prices start at $100 per month or $380 per term. The FlexSaver is ideal for those requiring occasional parking and 20-day passes cost $190.

UBC visitor parking ranges between $6 and $14 per day.

Taxis

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

BC Ferries

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.


More information

For more information on transit in Vancouver, visit the BC Passport website.