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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.

Winter U-Pass Distribution

Winter U-Pass Distribution will begin on January 7th, and will continue throughout the term at both the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses. This will be for NEW U-Pass holders only, Students who already have a U-Pass will continue to use the one that was previously issued. Students will pick up their U-Pass on the campus where their college office is based. For example, a Business Student will pick up their U-Pass at the Loop Campus, and a History Student would pick up their U-Pass up at the Lincoln Park Campus. Below are the Times and Locations for both U-Pass Distributions. 

Loop Distribution

DePaul Center, Room 9200
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Lincoln Park Distribution

Student Center, Room 109
2250 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60614

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Autumn 2018 U-Pass Dates

Student Population Start Date End Date
Discover August 27 November 20
Undergraduate September 5 November 20
Graduate September 5 November 20
Law August 20 December 14

Winter 2019 U-Pass Dates

Student Population Start Date End Date
Undergraduate January 5 March 29
Graduate January 5 March 29
Law January 14 May 17

Spring 2019 U-Pass Dates

Student Population Start Date End Date
Undergraduate March 30 June 14
Graduate March 30 June 14

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.