University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources


UPerks offers University employees a variety of savings opportunities. Proof of University employment is required, either with a UCard or a pay stub. All discounts offered through UPerks, whether they are listed here or with MERSC, are given without any endorsement or guarantee from the University of Minnesota. The University is not liable for businesses not honoring discounts.

MERSC Discounts

The University is a member of the Minnesota Employee Recreation & Services Council. MERSC offers discounts to numerous Twin Cities businesses. Contact the vendor directly, not MERSC, if you have a question about a particular discount.

U Card Faculty & Staff Checking

TCF Bank offers the U Card Faculty & Staff Checking account exclusively to University of Minnesota employees who have obtained their U Card. There is no minimum balance and no services fees with U Card Faculty & Staff Checking, and it includes free services such as preferred online banking with bill payment service, free checks, free travelers checks, and a free Goldy Gopher Visa™ debit card which can earn you rewards!

For more information about U Card Faculty & Staff Checking, call 612-823-2265 or 800-823-2265 or visit the U Card Web site.


Metropass is a discounted pass from Metro Transit available to staff and faculty members who work at least 20 hours a week and have a valid UCard. Metropass provides 24/7 access to all metro-area bus lines and light rail transit and costs $76 per month. You can order a MetroPasses online which can be picked up at the PTS office on Washington Ave.

A MetroPass purchase qualifies you for the Guaranteed Ride Home Program, which provides two vouchers every six months, good for reimbursement of up to a $25 transit ride or cab fare.

Technology Products

Technology Products provides University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff with up-to-date links & information for discounted software, hardware and services. All you need is your Internet ID and password to start shopping.

Discounted Tickets and Passes

Staff, faculty, and students can purchase discounted movie tickets, metro passes, tickets to local attractions, and more at the Coffman Info Desk or the St. Paul Info Desk of the Student Unions.