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 2013-14 school year are valid for student fares until October 31, 2014; school-issued IDs distributed in the 2014-15 school year are valid for student fares until October 31, 2015.

Post-secondary students

To qualify for the student fare, passengers must have GO-approved student ID. This student ID can be either school issued or GO Transit issued depending on the institution.

GO Transit will accept school-issued ID as valid student identification if it 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

Students who have this type of ID are not required to obtain a separate GO Transit student ID card. Those students whose school-issued ID does not meet the above criteria can obtain a separate GO-issued student ID if eligible. Eligibility requires that students must be registered as full-time at a post-secondary institution.

This student ID must be kept with the student at all times when traveling on a student fare for ticket and PRESTO 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 2013-14 expire October 31, 2014.
  • Registered full-time students at these schools can use their school-issued student cards to load their PRESTO cards 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 in person at the George Brown St. James campus from the Student Service Centre. To apply online log on to STU-VIEW at www.stuview.georgebrown.ca and select GO Transit Student ID Card Request.

University of Guelph

  • Registered full-time University of Guelph students can apply for their GO Student ID cards online. Log on to Webadvisor at www.webadvisor.uoguelph.ca to find out how.

Humber College

  • Registered full-time students at Humber College can obtain a GO validation sticker to adhere to their school-issued student ID card. To pick up your sticker, please visit the Registrar’s Office located on campus.

McMaster University

  • GO Transit accepts photo identification cards that are issued by McMaster University to its full time graduate and undergraduate students if their validation sticker possesses the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) section. If the validation sticker does not include the HSR section some exceptions apply. Please visit McMaster’s Office of sustainability website for complete details.

Michener Institute

  • Registered full-time students at Michener Institute can obtain a GO validation sticker to adhere to their school-issued Student ID card. Please contact the Michener Institute Registrar’s Office for further information.

Mohawk College

  • Registered full-time students at Mohawk College can obtain a GO validation sticker to adhere to their school issued ID card. Please visit the Mohawk College Registrar’s Office to pick up your sticker.

Niagara University

  • Registered full-time students at Niagara University can obtain a GO validation sticker to adhere to their school issued student ID card. Please visit the Niagara University Registrar’s Office to pick up your sticker.

Ryerson University

  • Registered full-time students at Ryerson University can apply for their GO Student ID cards online. Please visit www.ryerson.ca/onecard/gotransit for more information on how to apply.

Seneca College

  • Registered full-time students at Seneca can apply for their GO Student ID cards online. Please log on to My Seneca at my.senecacollege.ca for more information on how to apply.

Sheridan College

  • Registered full-time students at Sheridan College can obtain a GO validation sticker to adhere to their school-issued student card. Please visit the Instructional Technology Support Centre (ITSC) at your local Sheridan campus to pick up 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.
  • NEW FULL-TIME STUDENTS at U of T who do not currently possess a valid 2013/14 GO Student ID can get a 2014/15 GO Student ID card by bringing proof of University acceptance to our Student Services Centre in the Union Station main Concourse from August 25 to September 19, where a card will be issued on the spot. After September 19, please visit any one of our Union Station service wickets. After September 30, U of T will provide GO Student ID cards via Tcard offices.

Trent University, Peterborough campus

  • Registered full-time students at Trent University's Peterborough campus can obtain a GO validation sticker to adhere to their school-issued student ID card. Please visit the Trent University Registrar’s Office to pick up your sticker.

University of Waterloo

  • Registered full-time students at the University of Waterloo can apply for their GO Student ID cards online. Please visit uwaterloo.ca for more information or log on to Quest at www.quest.uwaterloo.ca and select GO Pass to apply.

York University

  • Registered full-time students at York University can apply for their GO Student ID cards online. Please visit gocard.yorku.ca and log on to Passport York for more information on how to apply.

Is your school not listed above or does not issue school ID cards?

Full-time students attending post-secondary schools not listed above or that do 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 in order for it to be considered.

To obtain a card, the signed application form can be submitted to the Union Station Customer Service Centre in one of three ways:

  1. Take the signed form to Union Station Customer Service where a card will be made up on the spot.
  2. 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 (as indicated on the application). Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.
  3. 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 2013-14 school year, these cards expire October 31, 2014 and for the 2014-15 school year, these cards expire October 31, 2015.

To learn more about student fares, please visit our Ticket Types or GOing to school pages.