Campus Card and Ventra U-Pass

The Campus Card is also a student’s ID. It connects students to many services at Columbia and allows students into buildings and events. New students receive their Campus Cards during Orientation. Returning students should contact Columbia Central to schedule an appointment to replace lost or stolen cards. There is a $25 fee for replacing a lost ID card. For more details on how to take advantage of the Campus Card, visit  

The Ventra U-Pass is a discounted transit fare card, which offers full-time students unlimited rides aboard all Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and trains during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The Ventra U-Pass does not require a transfer or surcharge and allows daily ridership, including weekends.  Note: the U-Pass does not include Metra or PACE, which can be purchased separately using the Ventra app or website.  Students can visit Columbia Central to receive help replacing lost or stolen cards. There is a $50 fee for replacing a lost U-Pass card.  

Columbia Central and Columbia Connect will communicate to students about the U-Pass program.  Visit for distribution and activation information.