Cardiff University student card

Your student card offers proof of identity, library and e-learning access and the ability to gain entry to University buildings.

Your student card is valid for the duration of your study, and you must carry it on University premises.

Collecting it is a mandatory step in the enrolment process. You'll need to pick up your card in person within two weeks of the start date of your course (with the exception of those students who are on distance learning courses).

Before you can collect your student card, you must complete online enrolment. Once you've enrolled, you can visit the Cathays Park or Heath Park collection point (depending on where your course is based) to have your photograph taken and student card issued.

What you'll need to bring

In order to get a student card, you'll need to provide proof of your identity. To find out more, please see our list of acceptable documentation.

Please also make sure you have your student number to hand.

Student card collection points

Those students on the English for University Study, Erasmus or Study Abroad courses starting in January will be sent separate communication from their Schools on where to collect their student cards.

UK and EEA Nationals

Student Cards can be collected from:

The Security Centre
Park Place
Cardiff
CF10 3AT

Monday to Thursday – 09:30 to 16:30
Friday – 09:30 to 16:00

International students

Student cards can be collected from:

International Student Support
3rd Floor
Students' Union
Park Place
Cardiff
CF10 3AT

Monday to Friday – 09:30 to 16:30

UK and EEA Nationals

Student cards can be collected from:

Student Card Issue
Ground Floor
The Cochrane Building
Heath Park
Cardiff
CF14 4YU

Monday to Friday – 10:00 to 15:00

International students

Student cards can be collected from:

International Student Support
3rd Floor
Students' Union
Park Place
Cardiff
CF10 3AT

Monday to Friday – 09:30 to 16:30

If you don't collect your card

You have not completed the enrolment process until you have collected your student card. A delay in collecting your student card will result in a delay in receiving your Student Loans Company payments (if eligible).

If you're an international student, the University is required under its sponsor licence agreement with the United Kingdom Visa Immigration (UKVI) to report you as 'Not in attendance'.

Under University regulations, failure to collect your student card within two weeks of the start of your course will result in being withdrawn from your course.

If you change your programme

Changing your programme may have an impact on the duration of your study, so if this is the case, you'll need to contact Security to get a new student card.

Security Control Room

Applying for a student card by post

If you're on a course that is designated as distance learning and you'd like to have a student card, you'll need to complete the student card application form and send it to your School office with a passport photograph.

You'll need to make arrangements with your School for its distribution once it has been produced.