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Student ID card

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

Your student ID 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 ID card, you must complete online enrolment and if you are an international student, collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). 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.

If you are a Home or EU student, your student funding will not be paid to you, or paid to the University on your behalf, until you have collected your ID card. Following this it will only be paid if your application includes the correct University and course details. Find out more about how you receive your student funding.

What you'll need to bring

In order to get a student ID 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 ID card collection points

Students commencing studies in September/October 2019 should collect their Student ID Card from the following locations, unless your School have informed you of separately arranged events.

Location Collection dates and times

Students' Union
4th Floor
Park Place
CF10 3AT

Monday 16 September 2019 to Thursday 3 October 2019
(including Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September 2019) 09:30 – 16:30

Location Collection dates and times

Education Suite
Main Building
University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park
CF14 4XW

Monday 23 September 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019
09:00 – 16:30

Outside of these dates, unless otherwise instructed by your school, you can collect your student ID card from the following:

LocationCollection times

The Security Centre
Park Place
CF10 3AT

Monday to Thursday - 09:30 to 16:30
Fridays - 09:30 to 16:00

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

Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 15:00

LocationCollection times

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

Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 16:30

If you don't collect your student ID card

You have not completed the enrolment process until you have collected your student ID card. A delay in collecting your student ID 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. If you change your programme, you will need to get a new student ID card from one of the student ID card collection points.

Applying for a student ID card by post

If you're on a course that is designated as distance learning, you'll need to complete the student ID 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.