Ready for your Durham College (DC) journey? Here’s what you’ll need in your digital DC wallet.

The U-PASS program provides students with unlimited travel each semester on Durham Region Transit (DRT) and is paid for through ancillary fees for the academic year for all eligible, full-time students.

A Durham Region Transit U-PASS is available to students registered to  full-time post-secondary programs via the PRESTO E-Tickets mobile app. Each semester, you will receive access to a digital PRESTO E-Ticket. An email will be sent to your DC Mail account, titled: PRESTO - E-Ticket(s) - Have been sent to you! (from sender: 

How to access your digital U-PASS

  1. Download the PRESTO E-Ticket app for free to your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play Store.
  1. Create your account using your email address. NOTE: You must create a new account using your DC Mail email address to use your U-PASS, even if you already have an existing PRESTO account. This is how you will receive the digital U-PASS in your account. 
  2. Activate your PRESTO E-Ticket before you ride. The digital U-PASS will appear in the “Available” folder in your PRESTO E-Ticket app when it is forwarded to you by your post-secondary institution at the start of the semester. To activate:
    1. Select E-Ticket.
    2. Select “Yes” on prompt.
    3. Go to the “Active” Tab – your activated U-PASS should show up there.
  3. Show and tap your PRESTO E-Ticket: Show the DRT operator your activated U-PASS E-Ticket when you board and tap the screen on your smartphone to change the colour and show the operator it is valid.  Please note that the operator may also ask you to present your student ID card as proof of eligibility.

Remember that your digital U-PASS is non-transferrable and valid for travel on DRT services only.

Important to note:

  • You’re required to display and tap this digital E-Ticket each time you board DRT. 
  • The U-PASS can only be downloaded on a single device. Ensure that you download the E-Tickets app on the mobile device that you’ll be using during daily travel.
  • If you don’t have a mobile device, contact for further assistance.
  • Passes will be released on a per semester basis. You’ll receive an email each semester that you’re eligible for, prompting you to access your new pass through your PRESTO E-Ticket app.
  • If a student withdraws from full-time studies by the 100% refund deadline of September 20, their U-PASS access will be removed.

DC has a new digital student ID card system called OneCard. All students are required to have a student ID, as it is needed to gain access to buildings. U-PASS users must also have a OneCard to identify themselves as a student when accessing DRT.

Through OneCard, you will be able to upload your photo to request the creation of your new DC digital ID.

To set up your OneCard, please follow the below instructions:

  • Download the TouchNet OneCard app from the App Store or Google Play.
  • If you accept the end user license agreement, tap “I agree” and continue.
  • Search for and select Durham College.
  • Select OK to be redirected to the Durham College login page. Input your network credentials to login.
  • You can upload your photo through the app or log in to OneWeb to submit your ID photo and view information about your account.

Please ensure your photo follows the following guidelines or it will be rejected:

  • Background must be white or a light solid colour.
  • Photo must be in colour.
  • You must be the only person in the picture.
  • Photo must show a full, front view of the face and top of shoulders, squared to the camera.
  • No hats, head coverings (except for religious purposes) or sunglasses.
  • No inappropriate clothing or gestures (i.e. If you would not share this photo with a parent/guardian or future employer, you should not submit it to us).
  • No photos from graduation.
  • Feel free to smile.
  • *Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, jpeg.

Durham College no longer provides physical student ID cards. Digital ID cards can abe used for a variety of services and programs on and off campus.

Any questions about Campus ID cards, as a DC student, faculty or staff member, can be directed to and a response to your inquiry will be delivered via email.

We will update our on-campus services in step with college operations and public health directives.

Your digital campus identification card can be used to access:

  • Athletics Facilities
  • Student Academic Learning Services
  • Exams – Student ID is required to verify your identity before writing exams
  • Library services
  • Meal plans – Meal plans can be purchased here
  • Media services – Student ID must be presented to pick up equipment and instructional materials
  • Photocopying – Print packages can be purchased through the DC Bookstore
  • Retail discounts in the community

Campus ID Office Hours

For in person support please visit Student Service Centre at either the Oshawa or Whitby Campus.

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The college’s official mobile app provides you with important academic, campus and general DC information essential to student success. On campus or on the go, access all things DC wherever you are 24/7 from your mobile device.

Our mobile application is currently available on Google Play and the Apple App Store by searching Durham College.

The Alertus App is our primary campus mass notification system to alert students and employees of high priority, active situations on campus that have the potential to affect their immediate safety (i.e. a violent aggressor, secure and hold or urgent evacuations).

To download the Alertus App, please read these online instructions.