University Students

The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University have a universal bus pass (UPass).

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students can use their student card (Watcard at UW, OneCard at WLU) for unlimited rides on Grand River Transit. The cost is included in university tuition and valid for all school terms: September to December; January to April; May to August.

Note: Part-time students, faculty, and university staff are not eligible for the pass program.

Lost UPasses

If you lose your student card with a UPass:

  • University of Waterloo students should go to the WatCard office to replace their student card.
  • Wilfrid Laurier students should go to the OneCard office to replace their student card.

Pass enforcement

GRT reserves the right to check the validity of a UPass and the identity of the user of the UPass, and to deny use of the UPass. 

Attempted fraudulent use of the UPass may result in penalties to students and/or prosecution under applicable legislation

 Conestoga College students

All full-time Conestoga College students are eligible to purchase a four-month term college pass.

The term pass allows unlimited travel on Grand River Transit for four consecutive calendar months: September to December; January to April; May to August.

Purchasing the college term pass

The Conestoga term pass is sold through the Conestoga Students Inc website. Passes cannot be purchased from GRT customer service or fare vending machines.

Purchase your term pass through Conestoga Students Inc

The term pass is loaded on your Conestoga ONE Card.

The term pass goes on sale on the 20th of each month prior to the start of the term. Eligible students must show their Conestoga College ONE Card with photo and proof of full-time registration when purchasing the college term pass.

The Term Pass is non-refundable and not transferable. GRT will not refund or replace a term for any reason.

Visit the Fares page to see pass costs 

Using the term pass

Starting with the fall 2018 term, the pass will be loaded on your Conestoga College ONE Card. When you board the bus, tap your card on the smart card reader in the bottom corner of the farebox. If your tap is successful, you'll hear a ding and the screen will show "Constoga College Thank You."

A sticker will also be applied to your card. If tapping your card doesn't work, you can show the card with the sticker to the operator.

What if my ONE Card is damaged or lost?

If your ONE card is damaged or defective, take it to the ONE Card office. Staff will replace your card and bus pass according to their procedures.

If your ONE Card is lost, go to the ONE Card office to replace your card. Then take the new card to the CSI office to replace your bus pass. Limit of one replacement pass per semester.

GRT is not responsible for lost or stolen Conestoga College student cards with or without a valid term pass sticker.

 College students

GRT's College Pass allows unlimited travel on Grand River Transit for four consecutive calendar months: September to December; January to April; May to August.

Who can buy a College Pass?

Full-time students at the following schools are eligible to buy a College Pass:

  • Canadian College of Massage Therapy
  • Emmanuel Bible College
  • Gina's College of Advanced Aesthetics
  • Heritage Baptist College
  • Laurel College
  • Liasion College
  • Marvel School of Hairstyling
  • Masters Commission of Canada
  • Medix School
  • Renison College - ELI Students
  • Trillium College
  • triOS College
  • Voila Institute of Hair Design
  • Westervelt College

Purchasing the College Pass

The College Pass can be purchased at GRT customer service. The pass will be loaded on the EasyGO fare card.

The College Pass is non-refundable and not transferrable.

Visit the Fares page to see pass costs

Replacing a College Pass

Your EasyGO fare card will be registered when you pick it up. If you lose your card, report it so that it can be blocked and your pass can be replaced.