GO Student ID
Elementary, junior high, and high school students (public, Catholic, and private)
Students must have their valid, current year, Canadian school-issued identification (ID) when traveling on GO. This ID must be kept handy for PRESTO; students in this category do not require a separate GO Student ID card unless their school does not issue student ID. School-issued IDs distributed in the 2012-13 school year are valid for student fares until October 31, 2013; school-issued IDs distributed in the 2013-14 school year are valid for student fares until October 31, 2014.
To qualify for the student fare, passengers must have GO-approved student ID.
GO Transit will accept school-issued ID that meets all of the following criteria:
- Issued by a Canadian College or University, including Career Colleges registered under the Private Career Colleges Act, (excluding online courses/institutions) - check with your school to see if they meet this criteria
- Issued annually
- Shows an expiry date of the current academic year
- Shows full-time status of the student
NEW Students who have this type of ID will no longer be required to obtain a separate GO Transit student ID card.
This student ID must be kept with the student at all times when traveling for ticket checks.
Please see the list of post-secondary schools below to learn how to get your GO-approved student ID.
Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Trent University (Oshawa campus)
- School-issued student cards from Durham College, UOIT, and Trent University's Oshawa campus, that indicate the cardholder's full-time status, that feature a small bus icon are no longer accepted as valid fare on GO Bus routes 51, 52, 92, 93, 96 and 98 within Durham Region, and regular GO fares will apply.
- These student cards, which feature a small bus icon, are not accepted as fare on GO Trains, but are considered valid student identification when traveling with a student-discount fare. Although DRT U-Passes are not valid for travel after the end of the school year, they can be used as GO Transit Student Identification to qualify for student fares during the summer months. Student cards from 2012-13 expire October 31, 2013.
- Registered full-time students at these schools can use their school-issued student cards to purchase passes at the student discount rate for travel anywhere on the GO system. A separate GO Student ID card is no longer required.
- To qualify for the discounted rate on GO travel, students must have a card from one of these three schools that indicates full-time status and that includes a small bus icon.
George Brown College
- Registered full-time George Brown College students can obtain their GO Student ID at the George Brown St. James campus.
University of Guelph
- Registered full-time students at Humber College can receive a GO validation sticker. The sticker will be adhered to their school-issued student card.
- Please visit Humber College's Registrar's Office for your sticker.
- Registered full-time students at Mohawk College can receive a GO validation sticker.
- The sticker will be adhered to their school-issued student card. Please visit the Mohawk College registrar office for your sticker.
- Registered full-time students at Niagara College can receive a GO validation sticker.
- The sticker will be adhered to their school-issued student card. Please visit the Niagara College registrar office for your sticker.
- Registered full-time students at Sheridan College can receive a GO validation sticker. The sticker will be adhered to their school-issued student card.
- Please visit the Instructional Technology Support Centre (ITSC) at your local Sheridan campus to get your sticker.
University of Toronto (St.George, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses)
- Registered full-time students at U of T can get their GO Student ID by bringing their TCard to the TCard Office on their campus, http://www.utoronto.ca/tcard.
Trent University, Peterborough campus
- Registered full-time students at Trent University's Peterborough campus can receive a GO validation sticker. The sticker will be adhered to their school-issued student card.
- Please visit Trent University's Registrar's Office for your sticker.
University of Waterloo
- GO Transit accepts photo identification cards that are issued by the University of Waterloo to its full time graduate and undergraduate students.
- Registered full-time students at York University can order their GO Student ID cards online. Please visit http://gocard.yorku.ca.
Is your school not listed above or does not issue school ID cards?
Full-time students attending post-secondary schools not listed above or does not issue school ID cards that meet the criteria for valid identification may obtain a GO Student ID card by using a paper application available in their school’s Registrar’s office. They must have an authorized official at their school sign the completed application form.
To obtain a card, the signed application form can be submitted to the Union Station Customer Service Centre in one of three ways:
- Take the signed form to Union Station Customer Service where a card will be made up on the spot.
- Take the signed form to any GO Train station. It will be sent to Union Station to be processed, and then returned for pick-up at the station of the student’s choice. (Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.)
- Mail the signed form, along with a self-addressed, stamped return envelope to:
Union Station, Customer Service
140 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5J 2L5
For students registered for seven months or more of full-time classes, GO Student ID cards are valid throughout the summer months. For the 2012-13 school year, these cards expire October 31, 2013 and for the 2013-14 school year, these cards expire October 31, 2014.
To learn more about student fares, please visit our Ticket Types or GOing to school pages.