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

Students who need to replace a lost or stolen Campus Card or Ventra U-Pass should contact Columbia Central. There is a $25 fee for replacing a lost ID card, and the fee to replace a U-Pass is $50.  Students can check-out a temporary ID card from the main desk at the Student Center.