OPUS reduced fare - Students

Get a reduced-fare student OPUS card

Options that do not require making a trip:

  • Online, in participating establishments
  • By mail

Options that require making a trip:

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Eligibility

To be eligible for a reduced fare, students must be:

  • 6 to 64 years old
  • Enrolled full time at an educational institution recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec or the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec.

List of recognized institutions (in French)

If you have any questions about your full-time student status, contact your educational institution.

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

Good to know for children ages 6 to 11 :

Since July 1, the Family Outings Program has been in effect at all times.
Please note that children travelling alone must pay for their trip and have a photo ID OPUS card for the reduced fare. The card costs $6.

Online

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

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If your school is not on the list, see the following tabs: By mail, School tour or 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 International Sainte-Anne
  • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • Collège Lasalle
  • Collège National de science et technologie
  • Collège O'Sullivan
  • Collège Saint-Michel
  • Collège TAV
  • Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique
  • École de musique Vincent-d'Indy
  • École québécoise du meuble et du bois ouvré (section Montréal)
  • École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)
  • HEC Montréal
  • Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec
  • Institut supérieur d'informatique I.S.I.
  • Institut Teccart
  • Institut technique Aviron de Montréal inc.
  • Isart Digital Montréal
  • John Abbott College
  • Marianapolis 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 De Roberval
  • Académie Dunton
  • Annexe Accès
  • Centennial Academy
  • Collège Beaubois
  • Collège Charlemagne
  • Collège de Montréal
  • Collège international Marie de France
  • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • Collège Jean-Eudes
  • Collège Mont-Royal
  • Collège Notre-Dame
  • Collège Regina Assumpta
  • Collège Reine-Marie
  • Collège Sainte-Anne-de-Lachine
  • Collège Sainte-Marcelline
  • Collège St-Jean-Vianney
  • Collège Stanislas
  • Collège Villa-Maria
  • Collège Ville-Marie
  • 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 Georges-Vanier
  • École Henri-Julien
  • École Honoré-Mercier
  • École internationale de Montréal
  • École Irénée-Lussier
  • École Jeanne-Mance
  • École JMC
  • 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-Guilbault
  • École Lucien-Pagé
  • École Marguerite-De Lajemmerais
  • École Marie-Anne
  • École Père-Marquette
  • École Pierre-Dupuy
  • École Robert-Gravel
  • École Saint-Henri
  • École Saint-Luc
  • École secondaire Louis-Riel
  • École Socrates-Démosthène, Campus Socrates II
  • École Sophie-Barat
  • École Vanguard, secteur francophone
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Sacred Heart School

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, 2021, must pay $15.

 

By mail

 

Download the form

Please mail us:

  1. The original paper copy of your mail-in application form.
    1. No photocopy or hard copy of your school attendance certificate from your student portal will be accepted. The official seal of your school must be issued directly on the STM form.
    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). 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 Application 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.

    STM photo studio

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    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)

    Make an appointment

    In light of the current situation:

    • 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.

    Download the form

    Bring the following with you to the photo studio:

    1. Your original, paper only, 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.
    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.

    Forms of payment accepted at the photo studio:

    • Cash
    • Debit card (credit cards are not accepted)

    Cost of the card:

    • Ages 6-11: $6
    • Ages 12 and over: $15
    • NOTE: Students who will turn 12 by October 31, 2021, 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 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
    • 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 National de Science et technologie
    • 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 de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)
    • École NAD, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
    • 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

    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.

    What do I have to do before making my appointment?

    • Make sure that you are eligible for the reduced student fare.
    • Click on the “In person at the photo studio” tab to find out what documents to bring with you to get your reduced-fare student OPUS card.
     

    How do I make an appointment online?

    • Click on the “In person at the photo studio” tab, then click on the “Make an appointment” button.
     

    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.

    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.

    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?

    It is hard to know exactly how long it will take to get your student OPUS card.

    Making the card generally takes about 10 minutes. However, some days are busier than others, so it may take longer to verify your identity and validate your proof of student status.

    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?

    Yes, as long as they are all members of the same family. When filling out the form, write the names of all students for whom you are booking, separated by dashes.

     

    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 an email reminding you to renew your photo OPUS card next year. Your email will be saved for the next year only and for that purpose only. This option is not mandatory.

     

    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.

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

    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.

     

    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.

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    My institution offers online proof of student status. Do I still need to attach my school’s seal to my form?

    No, your form does not need to include a seal. However, you do have to complete the “To be filled out by applicant” and “Mandatory signature” sections.

    Go to an Espace client or the Photo Studio and bring a photo ID. We will replace your card along with all the fares that were on it when it was lost.

    Your new card will be valid for the same period as the old one. You will only have to pay the card issuance fee.

    If you applied online through your institution’s intranet portal, you can apply for a replacement online.

    • 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)

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

    Yes, your fares will be transferred to your new photo OPUS card barring any technical problems.

    If a technical problem does occur, please bring your old and new cards to an Espace client to have your fares transferred.

    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
     

     

     
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