OPUS reduced fare - Students

Get a reduced-fare student OPUS card

New measures are now in place to allow you to get your student OPUS card allowing you to obtain 40% off your regular monthly rate.

In these unusual times, we are prioritizing methods that don’t require you to make a trip:

  • Online, in participating establishments
  • By mail

If neither of these methods are possible, two other options are available that require making a trip:

Check the expiration date of your OPUS card before ordering a new one. For children under 16, the renewal period may vary.

Online

The simplest and most convenient way to get your OPUS card is directly though your educational institution’s portal. Check whether your institution offers this service.

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If your school is not on the list below, see the three other tabs for more ways to obtain your OPUS card: by mail, at the school tour or at the STM photo studio.

Participating CEGEPs and universities:

  • Cégep André-Laurendeau
  • Cégep Bois-de-Boulogne
  • Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (campus Montréal)
  • Cégep de Maisonneuve
  • Cégep de Saint-Laurent
  • Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
  • Cégep Gérald-Godin
  • Cégep Marie-Victorin
  • Collège Ahuntsic
  • Collège André-Grasset
  • Collège Dawson
  • Collège de Rosemont
  • Collège des Technologies de l'Information de Montréal
  • Collège Herzing
  • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • Collège Lasalle
  • Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique
  • Collège O'Sullivan
  • Collège International Sainte-Anne
  • Collège Saint-Michel
  • Collège TAV
  • École de musique Vincent-d'Indy
  • École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)
  • HEC Montréal
  • Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)
  • Institut supérieur d'informatique I.S.I.
  • Institut Teccart
  • Marianapolis College
  • John Abbott College
  • Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Université Concordia
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Université McGill
  • Vanier College

Participating primary schools and high schools:

  • Académie Centennial
  • Académie De Roberval
  • Académie Dunton
  • Collègue Beaubois
  • Collègue Charlemagne
  • Collège de Montréal
  • Collège Mont-Royal
  • Collège international Marie de France
  • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • Collège Notre-Dame
  • Collège Regina Assumpta
  • Collège Reine-Marie
  • Collège Sainte-Anne-de-Lachine
  • Collège Sainte-Marcelline
  • Collège Stanislas
  • Collège Villa-Maria
  • Collège Ville-Marie
  • École Cavalier-De-LaSalle
  • École Chomedey-De Maisonneuve
  • École de la Lancée
  • École de musique Vincent-d'Indy
  • École Édouard-Montpetit
  • École Espace-Jeunesse
  • École Eulalie-Durocher
  • École Eurêka
  • École Évangéline
  • École FACE (secteur francophone)
  • École Félix-Leclerc
  • École Georges-Vanier
  • École Henri-Julien
  • École Honoré-Mercier
  • École internationale de Montréal
  • École Irénée-Lussier
  • École Jeanne-Mance
  • École Joseph-Charbonneau
  • École Joseph-François-Perrault
  • École La Dauversière
  • École La Voie
  • École Le Vitrail
  • École Louise-Trichet
  • École Louis-Joseph-Papineau
  • École Lucien-Pagé
  • École Marguerite-De Lajemmerais
  • École Marie-Anne
  • École Mont-Royal (high school)
  • École Père-Marquette
  • École Pierre-Dupuy
  • École Saint-Henri
  • École Robert-Gravel
  • École Saint-Luc
  • École secondaire Louis-Riel
  • École Sophie-Barat
  • École Vanguard
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie

Your card will be mailed to your home within seven business days. The photo on your student card will be used for your OPUS card. Keep your face straight and clear. Sunglasses, hats and caps are not accepted.

Criteria for obtaining your student OPUS card online:

  • Must be a full-time student at a participating institution
  • Must have student file with associated photo
  • Must have a Quebec mailing address
  • Must have a Visa or Mastercard credit card with a Quebec billing address

Cost of obtaining your student OPUS card online:

  • Ages 6-11: $6
  • Ages 12 and over: $15

Note: Please allow seven business days for OPUS card delivery. Students who will turn 12 by October 31, 2020, must pay $15.

 

By mail

New this year, save yourself a trip and make your request by mail.

You must send in the following:

  1. Your original, paper only, Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form, duly completed.
    1. No photocopies accepted.
    2. If the student is 13 years old or younger, the form must be signed by a parent ou guardian.
    3. Students who will turn 16 by October 31 of the current year must include the seal of their educational institution on their form.
    4. Form is valid for 30 days after being signed by the institution. After this time, it is considered expired and can no longer be used.
  2. An original, recent, passport-style photo of your face: size 2 x 2 inch (5,08 x 5,08 cm) or 1 x 1 ¼ inch (2,54 x 3,175 cm). Photocopies are not accepted. Keep your face straight and clear. Sunglasses, hats and caps are not accepted.
  3. A photocopy of one of the following government-issued IDs in French or English: health insurance card, driver’s licence, passport, permanent resident card or asylum seeker document. This photocopy will be returned to you. Student cards are NOT eligible forms of ID.
  4. Payment: one of the following methods
  • Bank transfer, indicating the relevant account holder information (section 3 of form).

OR

  • Personal cheque/money order/bank draft. Please mail with your application form. Make payment out to Gestion Termico.

Cost of obtaining your student OPUS card by mail:

  • Ages 6-11: $6
  • Ages 12 and over: $15

Note: Students who will turn 12 by October 31, 2020, must pay $15.

PLEASE SEND THE ABOVE TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

Photo studio: Reduced-fare OPUS card
1717 Berri Street, Local Gc-r400, Montréal, QC H2L 4E9
Applications will be processed within seven business days of the date it is received at our offices.

    School tour

    The STM photography tour will still be held at some educational institutions this year, but it will be significantly reduced to encourage students to get their cards from home.

    • Beurling Academy : 18 septembre 2020
    • Centre Champagnat : 29 septembre 2020
    • Centre d'éducation des adultes Champlain : 18 septembre 2020
    • Centre d'éducation des adultes James Lyng : 17 septembre 2020
    • Centre Gédéon-Ouimet : 2 octobre 2020
    • Collège d’Anjou : 28 septembre 2020
    • Collège Français : 2 octobre 2020
    • Collège Jean-Eudes : À confirmer
    • Collège Saint-Louis : À confirmer
    • Collège St-Jean-Vianney : 8 septembre 2020
    • École des Sources : 22 septembre 2020
    • École du SAS (Centre d'éducation des adultes) : 29 septembre 2020
    • École F.A.C.E. (secteur anglophone) : 11 septembre 2020
    • École Herzliah : 22 septembre 2020
    • École Jules-Vernes (prise de photo à l`École secondaire Henri-Bourassa) : 21 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Calixa-Lavallée : 18 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Dalbé-Viau : 14 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Daniel-Johnson : 9 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire de la Pointe-aux-Trembles : 9 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Henri-Bourassa : 21 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Jean-Grou : 11 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Marie-Clarac : 16 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Saint-Laurent (édifice Emile-Legault) : 24 septembre 2020
    • École secondaire Saint-Laurent (édifice Saint-Germain) : 24 septembre 2020
    • James Lyng High School : 17 septembre 2020
    • John F.Kennedy High School : 9 septembre 2020
    • John Grant high School : 28 septembre 2020
    • LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School : 10 septembre 2020
    • LaurenHill Academy : 16 septembre 2020
    • LaurenHill Academy Jr. Campus : 16 septembre 2020
    • Laurier Macdonald High School : 23 septembre 2020
    • Lester B. Pearson High School : 11 septembre 2020
    • Lower Canada College : 1 octobre 2020
    • Marymount Academy International  : 25 septembre 2020
    • Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School : 8 septembre 2020
    • Rosemont High School  : 14 septembre 2020
    • Royal Vale School : 18 septembre 2020
    • Verdun adult and career centre (prise de photo à Beurling Academy) : 18 septembre 2020

    Students must bring :

    1. Your original, paper only, Reduced-fare sutdent OPUS card application form, duly completed.
      1. No photocopies accepted.
      2. If the student is 13 years old or younger, the form must be signed by a parent ou guardian.
      3. Students who will turn 16 by October 31 of the current year must include the seal of their educational institution on their form.
      4. Form is valid for 30 days after being signed by the institution. After this time, it is considered expired and can no longer be used.
    2. Proof of age: health insurance card, driver’s licence, passport, asylum seeker document or permanent resident card. Student cards are not eligible forms of ID.
    3. Payment: cash only
    • Ages 6-11: $6Ages
    • 12 and over: $15

    Note: Students who will turn 12 by October 31, 2020, must pay $15.

     

    STM photo studio

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    New: By online appointment only

    The STM photo studio, located at 1755 Berri Street, is now processing student requests by appointment only. (Not compatible with Internet Explorer)

    In light of the current situation:

    • You  must make an appointment before going to the photo studio. Make your appointment here (Not compatible with Internet Explorer).
    • The studio will operate at reduced capacity to allow compliance with physical distancing rules.
    • You must wear a face covering while on site (you will have to remove it briefly when the photo is taken).
    • If you think you have COVID-19, stay home.
    • Keep your hands clean and use the hand sanitizer provided at the studio entrance.
    • We invite you to bring your own pencil to avoid sharing objects on site.

    Click here for hours of operation and more information about the photo studio.

    Bring the following with you to the photo studio:

    1. Your original, paper only, Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form, duly completed.
      1. No photocopies accepted.
      2. If the student is 13 years old or younger, the form must be signed by a parent ou guardian.
      3. If your school is on the list at the bottom of this page, your school attendance certificate is accessible through your student portal. You don't have to print it. You will need to show it on your cell phone.
      4. Students who will turn 16 by October 31 of the current year must include the seal of their educational institution on their form.
      5. Form is valid for 30 days after being signed by the institution. After this time, it is considered expired and can no longer be used.
    2. Your appointment confirmation. You must make an appointment before going to the photo studio. Make your appointment here (Not compatible with Internet Explorer).
    3. Proof of age: health insurance card, driver’s licence, passport, asylum seeker document or permanent resident card. Student cards are not eligible forms of ID.
    4. Payment:
    • Ages 6-11: $6
    • Ages 12 and over: $15

    Note: Students who will turn 12 by October 31, 2020, must pay $15.

    Due to the current situation, we cannot provide the use of iPads or other electronic tablets for you to show your proof of student status via your portal. You will have to use your own electronic device. No paper version will be accepted.

    In addition to the online proof of student status, you must complete the “To be filled out by applicant” and “Mandatory signature” sections of the Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form.

    Éducational instutions with online proof of student status :

    • Cégep André-Laurendeau
    • Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles - Campus Montréal
    • Cégep de Sainte-Foy
    • Cégep de Saint-Jérôme
    • Cégep de Saint-Laurent
    • Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
    • Cégep Garneau
    • Cégep Gérald-Godin
    • Cégep Limoilou
    • Cégep Marie-Victorin
    • Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Terrebonne
    • Cégep Thetford
    • Cégep Vieux-Montréal
    • Centre NAD
    • Champlain Regional College - Campus Saint-Lambert
    • Champlain Regional College - Campus Saint-Lawrence
    • Collège Ahuntsic
    • Collège André-Grasset 
    • Collège Champlain de St-Lambert
    • Collège de Bois-De-Boulogne
    • Collège de Maisonneuve
    • Collège de Valleyfield 
    • Collège Inter-Dec
    • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
    • Collège Lasalle
    • Collège Lionel-Groulx
    • Collège Mérici
    • Collège Montmorency
    • Collège O'Sullivan de Montréal
    • Collège Rosemont
    • Collège St-Michel
    • Collège TAV
    • Collège Vanier
    • Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec
    • Dawson College
    • École Nationale d’Aérotechnique
    • École Polytechnique de Montréal
    • HEC
    • Institut supérieur d'informatique
    • Institut Teccart
    • John Abbott College
    • Marianopolis College
    • Montreal College of Information Technology
    • TÉLUQ
    • Université Concordia
    • Université de Montréal
    • Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • Université McGill
    • UQAM

    Frequently asked questions

    To be eligible for the student rate, you must be a registered full-time student, between the age of 6 and 64 years old, at an educational institution recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES). If this is your case, you can pay the current student rate.

    If you have questions about your full-time student status, contact your educational institution, as it is responsible for establishing your status.

    There is no deadline. If you already have a reduced-fare OPUS card, it will expire on the date indicated on the card.

    Please note that you may obtain or renew your student OPUS card at any time as of August 1 to avoid the fall lineups. Renew your card between August 1 and October 31 so you do not lose a month of your student status.

    After October 31, you can still get your new card, but you will not be eligible for the reduced fare until you submit a new application. Also bear in mind that your student status will be valid for a shorter time period, as student OPUS cards expire on October 31.

    Ages 6-11:

    Your photo OPUS card is valid until October 31 after your 12th birthday. 

    For students age 11: Cards issued between August 1 and December 31 expire on October 31 of the following year. Cards issued between January 1 and July 31 expire on October 31 of the same year.

    Ages 12-14:

    Your photo OPUS card is valid for two years. Check the expiration date on the back to see if you have to renew it this year. If you will turn 15 by October 31 of the current year, the card will be valid for one year.

    Age 15:

    Your photo OPUS card is valid for one year. The expiration date is on the back.

    Cards issued between August 1 and December 31 expire on October 31 of the following year. Cards issued between January 1 and July 31 expire on October 31 of the same year.

    Note: students who will turn 16 by October 31 of the current year must include the seal of their educational institution on their form.

    Ages 16 and over:

    Cards issued between August 1 and December 31 expire on October 31 of the following year. Cards issued between January 1 and July 31 expire on October 31 of the same year.

    I am enrolled as a part-time student for the fall term, but full-time for the winter. Can I get the reduced rate now?

    No. You must be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of your request.

    I am a part-time student at two different institutions.

    If you are a part-time student at two different institutions, you must present two documents proving part-time student status, which include the credits for each course or total number of credits per institution, the registrar’s signature and the school’s seal. Your total number of credits must be the equivalent of full-time status. You can then be considered a full-time student and will be eligible for the photo OPUS card.

    Can I show my fall term class schedule as proof of student status to get a reduced-fare OPUS card?

    Class schedules are not accepted as proof of student status.

    You have two options:

    You can complete the Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form (no photocopies accepted, form must be dated within one month), or, if your institution offers proof of student status online, you can simply show that at the photo studio. Please note that due to the current situation, we cannot provide the use of iPads or other electronic tablets for you to show your proof of student status via your portal.

    Can I get my photo OPUS card by presenting my student ID card instead of the form?

    No. The form is required for students ages 16 and over. Access it here: Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form.

    Note: Student cards are NOT eligible pieces of identification.

    If my proof of student status is available online, do I also have to provide the “Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form” with my school’s seal?

    No, a stamp or seal is not necessary. However, in addition to the online certificate, please complete only the “To be filled out by applicant” and “Mandatory signature” sections of the Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form.. This authorizes the transmission of your personal data for the purpose of issuing your reduced-fare OPUS card.

    Go to one of our Espaces client or photo studio and bring a photo ID to receive a new card loaded with your remaining fares. You will only have to pay the card issuance fee.

    If you applied online through your institution’s intranet portal, you cannot submit another online application. You must go to an Espace client or the photo studio.

    Can I renew my student OPUS card at an Espace client?

    • No. You can only renew your card one of the following ways:
    • Online (for students of participating institutions)
    • By mail
    • At the photography tour if it is taking place at your institution.
    • At the photo studio (1755 Berri Street)

    My school is not participating in the STM photography tour. Can I attend it at another nearby school?

    No. Each institution plans their tour for their own students and schedules and will not accept students from other institutions.

    Yes. At the photography tour, your fares will be transferred to your new OPUS card, except in case of technical difficulties.

    If this happens, keep your old photo OPUS card and go to an Espace client.

    Note: If your old OPUS card was for the full fare (NO photo), keep it and use it until your fares run out, along with your new photo OPUS card.

    Yes. You can now recycle your expired OPUS card by leaving it with a photo Studio employee when you renew your reduced fare OPUS card or by placing it in one of the four Electrobac bins located on our métro network in the following stations: :

    • Berri-UQAM
    • Jean-Talon
    • Lionel-Groulx
    • Snowdon

    Find out mor about Electrobac

    The data is permanently and irrevocably deleted and destroyed.

    They are taken to recycling centres, approved under the Canadian standard of the Recycler Qualification Office, to be recycled in Canada. Then, they are shredded and sorted. The metals contained in the chip are sent to smelters to have the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) extracted, which is then ground up and sold in the industrial sector.

     

    If you are a Transport adapté customer aged 6 to 15, your Transport adapté ID OPUS card already qualifies you for the reduced rate, so you do not need another photo OPUS card.

    • Ages 6-17: 1-trip, 2-trip, 10-trip, weekly, monthly, 4-month, group
    • Ages 18 and over: monthly, 4-month

    What do I have to do before making my appointment?

    Before you make an appointment, make sure you are eligible for the reduced student fare:

    To be eligible for the student rate, you must be a registered full-time student at an educational institution recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES), no matter your age. If you have questions about your full-time student status, contact your educational institution, as it is responsible for establishing your status.

    Make sure you bring your Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form., duly completed. Photocopies are not accepted, and your form must be dated from within one month. If your institution offers proof of student status online, you can simply show it to the agent at the photo studio. You will have to use your own device and internet connection to log in to your student portal and show that you fulfill the eligibility requirements.

    Please note that you do not need an appointment to make a request online, by mail or at your school during the OPUS Tour.

    How do I make an appointment online?

    • Go to www.inscriptweb.com/STM (Not compatible with Internet Explorer)
    • Choose the location where you would like to make your appointment.
    • Fill in your personal information (title, first name, last name, email address)
    • Select the number of tickets you require.
    • Select a date and time for your appointment.
    • Click on “Confirm.”
    • You will then receive a confirmation email with more information that you will need before showing up to your appointment.

    What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

    Make sure you bring:

    • Photo ID with proof of age (health insurance card, driver’s licence, passport, asylum seeker document or permanent resident card). Note: Student cards are NOT eligible pieces of identification.
    • Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form., duly filled out, with the seal of your institution constituting proof of full-time student status. Note: Seal is only required for students ages 16 and older.
    • Payment: cash or debit card only. Ages 6-11: $ / 12 and older: $15

    Can I go to the photo studio without an appointment?

    We strongly recommend that you make an appointment, as you will then have priority. Please note that when demand is high, customers without an appointment may not be served.

    Can I make an appointment by phone?

    Unfortunately, due to the high number of requests, we are unable to book appointments by phone. You have other options available: online, through your student portal for participating educational institutions; by mail or during the OPUS Tour for participating educational institutions.

    I deleted my confirmation email. What should I do?

    We will send you a confirmation email immediately after you make your appointment. You will also receive a reminder 24 hours before your appointment. Please come to the photo studio even if you do not receive a reminder email. When you arrive, show your confirmation or reminder email (printed or electronic). We will verify it electronically to confirm your presence.

    I lost my confirmation email and my reminder email or text message. What should I do?

    If you remember the date and time, go to your appointment. If not, return to the appointment web page and start over, making sure to record the information.

    How do I cancel or change my appointment?

    Open the confirmation or reminder email for your appointment. Click on the link to cancel or change your appointment window. If you do not see the email, check your junk folder.

    How long should I expect the appointment to take?

    Once your identity is confirmed and you have shown your proof of student status to the agent, you will be directed to a station. From this time, you should expect to have your card created in about 10 minutes.

    Please note that wait times may vary from day to day and may be longer than usual given the current situation. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to provide quality service. To respect physical distancing and public health regulations, the photo studio must limit the number of individuals on site and the number of stations open at the same time.

     

    What should I do if there doesn’t seem to be any availability at the time I want to make an appointment and my OPUS card is expired?

    Due to high demand, you should book your appointment as soon as possible before your OPUS card expires to ensure you get an appointment window. Remember that you have other options if you would like to avoid making the trip: www.stm.info/student 

    Can I book an appointment for my child?

    Yes! Just enter the information of the person who will go to the appointment.

    Can I book more than one person at a time for an appointment?

    Each appointment is only valid for one person. Once your first appointment is booked, please repeat the process to book an appointment for another person.

    What does the checkbox “I would like to be notified of next year’s renewal period” mean?

    If you check this box, you will receive a notice next year informing you of the date of the next student OPUS card renewal period. Please note that your email will be saved only until that time and for that purpose. This option is not mandatory.

    What hygiene measures are in place at the photo studio?

    Given the current situation, you will find that the photo studio has made changes in accordance with our new reality. Rest assured that we’re following the recommendations of public health authorities to make your trip to the photo studio as safe as possible.  We’re also counting on you to do your part by taking a few simple precautions.

    • If you think you have COVID-19, stay home.
    • You must wear a face covering while on site (you will have to remove it briefly when the photo is taken).
    • Use of hand sanitizer upon entering the building is mandatory.
    • Maintain a physical distance of two metres from others whenever possible.
    • As announced by public health authorities, the solution remains for individuals to practice the usual hygiene measures before, during and after visiting the photo studio.
    • If you are not in need of assistance, we ask that you come alone.

    What should I do when I get my photo taken if I wear a mask or face covering to my appointment?

    Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we must protect our customers. Our employees will be wearing masks and visors, and stickers on the floor will indicate the photo-taking area (two meters). You will only have to remove your mask temporarily for the photo, which is required.

    I have an OPUS card valid for next year that is lost or damaged. Do I have to make an appointment at the photo studio?

    No. Go to an Espace client and bring a piece of photo ID. You will receive a new OPUS card loaded with the fares that were left on your old card when you reported it. You will only have to pay the card issuance fee.

    What should I do if I have technical issues booking an appointment?

    If you have problems booking your appointment, we suggest that you close your browser and start over.

     

    Is the appointment platform secure?

    The platform we use meets the highest security and efficiency requirements. All information entered is entirely encrypted and stored in Canada.

    Can I book my appointment on a mobile device or tablet?

    You can book your appointment with a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. Make sure you have an internet connection (Wi-Fi or mobile data).

     

    What methods of payment do you accept?

    We accept cash and debit card. Credit cards are not accepted.

     
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