In common with Strasbourg, Rennes and Toulouse, Reims is now one of France pioneering university cities offering its students what is effectively a digital passport in the form of a single card that gives access to the entire range of local student services:
- access to University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne ( Urca ) services: use of the lending library, signing up for sports activities, obtaining print-outs and photocopies from the university library;
- access to the new Crous e-money system, which enables students to access university restaurants and cafeterias using contactless payment and also to manage their online account easily and simply;
- access to Reims public transport services, by charging either a single ticket or subscription directly to the card. Citura service (buses and trams) has been operated by Transdev, a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary, since 2011. This is the first multiservice student card to include access to Transdev urban public transport services;
- ultimately, the possibility of using the card to access local authority services (museum, swimming pool, library).
A total of 12,000 Urca-Crous-Transdev multiservice cards will be issued to first-year students entering the university at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. The rollout will continue over the following years until 100% of Reims students (with the exception of those at business schools) are in possession of the card.
Caisse des Dépôts, facilitating the introduction of the student pass
As a partner to Reims Métropole in its territorial strategy, Caisse des Dépôts played the role of lead contractor on this project, networking between two entities with which it enjoys special relations:
- Transdev Reims, a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary, operator of the Citura network,
- Urca, a long-standing partner: as well as supporting the university in putting its digital master plan into operation, Caisse des Dépôts also supports the university Grand Campus project.