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 your student ID card is a mandatory step in the enrolment process. If you are attending campus, you will need to pick up your card in person within four weeks of the start date of your course.
You must collect your ID card once you join campus to complete enrolment.
Before we can issue your student ID 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 collect your student card.
International students studying on campus will need to bring their original passport and visa documents to confirm their right to study so that a student ID card can be issued. If you are an international student, you must have your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
Home or EU students
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 completed 'Right to Study' checks by uploading the required identity documentation and it has been approved by the University. Following this it will only be paid if your student funding application includes the correct University and course details. Find out more about how you receive your student funding.
What you'll need to bring
If you are a home student, you'll need to upload proof of your identity which is used to confirm your Right to Study in the UK before you will be issued a student card.
If you are an international student, you will need to bring your original passport and visa documents to the Student ID card collection venue.
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
You should receive a separate email inviting you to book a slot for the collection of your student card at one of the following venues.
Cathays and Heath Park based students
Students 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|
|3rd Floor, Students' Union, |
Park Place, Cardiff
|22 September 2021 – 7 October 2021 (you will be sent an email with a link to book a date and time to collect your Student ID card).|
Outside of these dates, unless otherwise instructed by your School, you can collect your student ID card from the following collection points:
|Home and International students|
Centre for Student Life
Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00
|Home students only|
Cochrane Building (Ground Floor)
Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 15:00
If you don't collect your student ID card
If you are attending campus, you have not completed the enrolment process until you have collected your student ID card.
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 four weeks of the start of your course may affect your studies at Cardiff University (unless you have been approved to study remotely).
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.