Using Public Transportation

UIC is served by the CTA Blue Line and several CTA bus lines. Go to the Directions to Campus Web page for information about how to get to campus using CTA, PACE and Metra. If you plan to use the CTA, see the information about the CTA Ventra U-PASS below.

Commuter Student Resource Center

If you commute to campus, the Commuter Student Resource Center in Student Center East has a kitchen, lockers and showers, and study lounge spaces you can use before and after class. You will need to present your i-card for access.


The U-PASS provides eligible students unlimited travel on all CTA buses and trains at a discounted rate during Summer Session. The U-PASS works like a touch-and-go CTA fare card and is active 5 days before the 4-week session and it is deactivated 5 days after the 8-week session.

The CTA Transportation – U-PASS fee for Summer 2014 is $108. All eligible students will be assessed the non-refundable Transportation U-PASS fee. Only students with documented disabilities that affect their ability to use CTA service can petition for a waiver of the U-PASS fee. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, contact the Office of Disability Services at (312) 413-2183 (Voice) or at (312) 413-0123 (TTY).

Who Is Eligible

All full-time undergraduate UIC, Summer Session Only, and Intercampus Registrant students are eligible to receive a U-PASS. Undergraduate students registered for six or more credit hours over the summer are considered full-time, regardless whether they are all in either the 4-week session, the 8-week session or from a combination of courses in the 4- and 8-week sessions.

Full-time graduate students can check the U-PASS website for eligibility information. The U-PASS is not available for part-time students.

If you make changes to your schedule that result in you no longer being a full-time student, your U-PASS will no longer be valid. After the add/drop period each semester, the campus sends an updated list of eligible students to the CTA. If you have fallen below full-time status during the add/drop period, your name will not be on this list, and CTA will deactivate your U-PASS. The U-PASS fee assessment will be credited to your account.

After the add/drop period each semester, there are no refunds given for tuition and fees, including the U-PASS fee. If you drop or withdraw from a course and fall below full-time status after the add/drop period, you will still be responsible for the U-PASS fee, and your U-PASS will not be deactivated.

U-PASS Distribution

Current UIC Students:
As long as you are enrolled as a full-time student, your U-PASS privileges will be loaded onto your existing card automatically on May 14, 2014 for use over the whole summer until August 13, 2014. Your UIC U-PASS Ventra Card is valid for 5 years.

Visiting students who have a U-PASS at their home school:
If you currently have a Ventra U-PASS from your home school, you do not need to pick up a separate U-PASS from UIC. Your home school U-PASS can be  activated so you can use it while attending UIC. To request this, please email the following information to

  • You name
  • UIN
  • U-PASS #
  • Name of your home school

Once approved, you will be notified via email that your U-PASS is activated for the summer for use from May 14, 2014 until August 13, 2014.

Visiting students who do not have a U-PASS at their home school:
If you do not already have a U-PASS a you home school, you will be issued CTA Ventra U-PASS from UIC. If you have registered before May 8th, your U-PASS will be available for pick up any day after May 14, 2014 at the ID Center located in the Student Services Building (SSB),  –at 1200 W. Harrison (at Harrison and Racine).

Visiting Students who register for full time status after May 8th will have to wait 5 business days until their U-PASS will be received by UIC from the CTA department (Students will receive an email in regards to pick-up availability). U-PASS pick up will be available all summer at the ID Center from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.The UIC U-PASS Ventra Card is valid for 5 years. Should you plan on taking summer courses at UIC again in the future , you will need to keep the U-PASS (a $50 replacement fee will be charged for any lost/stolen U-Pass Ventra Cards) Do not discard this U-Pass for any reason.

You will need to bring your student ID (i-card) so that your eligibility can be verified. If you don’t have an i-card yet, you can pick it up the same day before you pick up your U-PASS since they are both available in SSB.

Visit the UIC U-PASS Web site to get detailed information about U-PASS distribution and FAQ’s.