The U-Pass offers students huge savings for transportation on Saskatoon Transit and is mandatory for most students.
U-Pass stickers can be picked up or reactivated at the Information Centre in Upper Place Riel. Students must reactivate their U-Pass sticker each term.
Saskatoon Transit is Saskatoon’s public bus transportation service provider. For information about routes, schedules and fares visit transit.saskatoon.ca.
Bus route maps are available at the front doors of Upper Place Riel, facing the transit hub.
Applications for student parking permits are accepted in early July. Students can login through the Parking channel in PAWS and enter for a chance to be selected for a parking spot on campus for the upcoming academic year.
Students living in Voyageur Place, College Quarter, Graduate House and McEown Park residence buildings cannot apply online, but can apply by contacting Parking and Transportation Services after they have completed the Residence Agreement for the fall.
Car pooling and sharing
Enterprise CarShare is an automated way to rent a vehicle by the hour, the day, or overnight. With a simple $35 annual fee (waived for the first year), members have open access to car share vehicles on campus through a booking system. Perfect for grocery trips, errands, medical appointments, or just the student who would like the convenience offered by a vehicle without the hassles of ownership. Vehicles are accessible at the Physical Activity Complex and Seeger Wheeler Hall.
UCommute is a ride matching and commute tracking service available within PAWS. By plotting your location and destination, UCommute gives you access to all other U of S users who share similar commutes and helps in planning carpool groups. The services also offers matching for transit, cycling, and pedestrian commuters. New to the city and uncomfortable with commuting by bike? Get matched with an advanced cyclist in the city who can show you the ropes and help increase your confidence on the roads. For anyone trying to reduce their commuting impact, UCommute is the choice on campus for you.
While we suggest that you obtain an international driver’s license before coming to Canada, international students with a study permit and a valid driver’s license from their home country can drive in Saskatchewan. Your license must be in English or accompanied by an official translation.
Securing your bike
Bike racks are located across the campus for your bike security needs. Please note that university campuses experience some of the highest rates of bicycle theft due to the abundant supply and poor locking habits of individuals. When locking your bike on campus, use the following guidelines to effectively secure your ride:
- Use a strong U-Lock with an optional chain for additional protection. Combination and cable locks are often easily crackable or breakable and offer little protection on campus.
- Always lock your bike around the frame and rear wheel.
- Front wheels are easily removed and, though less valuable, still a target for thieves. Never lock your bike through the front wheel, and if you are extra concerned about security detach your front wheel and lock it with your rear wheel and frame. For an illustrated guide to proper bike locking technique, please refer to the following image.
For those looking for added bike security, the university also has a limited number of bike lockers available for rent. Please contact Parking and Transportation Services for more details.
With a valid student card, bike tool kits and supplies for minor repairs can be rented from the Physical Activity Complex Equipment Room during PAC hours. The USSU also has a bike repair stand with a limited number of tools installed outside of the Arts Building.
Getting to Saskatoon
If you’re flying to Saskatoon from another country, arrange connecting flights to Saskatoon from larger airports, such as Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary.
VIA Rail Canada can connect you from many Canadian cities to Saskatoon.
A free taxi and first-night accommodation service is available to new international students who need transportation from the bus depot, train station or airport and who require accommodation for their first night in the city.
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