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U-Pass @ DePaul

Your Ventra U-Pass provides unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains during the Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.
Students must meet enrollment requirements in order to participate in the U-Pass program. All students meeting these requirements are automatically enrolled in the program. The U-Pass is not optional for any eligible student. Eligibility is based on 3 criteria; one of which is course enrollment.  If your enrollment changes before the last day to drop courses, your U-Pass will be adjusted accordingly.

*It can take 3-10 business days for changes in eligibility to be reflected in the Ventra U-Pass system as it is not possible to directly link to the DePaul course enrollment system.

Your U-Pass will be available for pick up at a distribution event during the first week of classes. If you are picking up your U-Pass after the first week of classes, it will be available at the ID Card Office.

Autumn 2016 U-Pass Distribution

Your U-Pass will be sent to the campus which coincides with the location of the college office of your declared major. For example, a CDM student will pickup their U-Pass in the Loop while a History major (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) will go to Lincoln Park. Your U-Pass cannot be sent to a different campus. You must pickup your U-Pass from the campus that matches your college office.

Loop U-Pass Distribution - Lower Lever Concourse of the DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd.) 

September 6-8 from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Lincoln Park Distribution - Cortelyou Commons (2324 N Fremont St.) 

September 6-8 from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

After the Autumn distribution you may pick up your U-Pass at the ID Card Office.

Useful Information for Using your New Ventra U-PASS

  • Take your card out of your wallet before tapping to avoid charges to other contactless cards you may have.
  • Pay close attention to the tap display when using your U-Pass. This will help you to determine if your tap was a U-Pass transaction or if you have been charged regular fare for your ride.
  • Register your Ventra card online ( so that you can monitor your account and usage. Registration does not require that you link your card to a credit or debit card and does not automatically activate your U-Pass (which must be completed over the phone). Registering your U-Pass is not required but can be a very helpful tool.
  • Students are responsible for monitoring their own account information and status.
  • If changes have been made to your enrollment, please allow 3 to 10 business days for those changes to affect your U-Pass.