Student Cards

Your student card

The passport to life at the University of Sydney

The student card you receive after enrolment identifies you as a student of the University. It’s valid for the life of your course and has many uses and functions around and off campus.

Not just proof of identity, your student card literally opens doors to campus facilities, allows you to borrow from the library.

Concession Opal is now available for travel on all trains, ferries, busses and light rail in Sydney, Newcastle, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra.

When you have a Concession Opal card you will no longer need a concession foil on your student card.

How do I get my card?

New students

2016 New Enrolment Students

  • Enrol online via Sydney Student
  • Upload a passport-style photo
  • Wait to receive confirmation by email when your card is ready for pick up
  • Collect your card from the location advised in your confirmation email (you’ll need photographic proof of identification).

Your card will be valid for the duration of your enrolment at the University of Sydney.

Continuing student enrolment

Student cards are valid for the duration of enrolment at the University of Sydney.

You will no longer be issued a new card each year. This means you need take care of your card and retain it while you are enrolled at the University of Sydney.

When you have a Concession Opal card you will no longer need a concession foil on your student card.

Photographic guidelines

  • Photos must not be more than six months old
  • Passport style, good quality colour with no marks on image
  • Plain background
  • Appropriate brightness and contrast and show your skin tones naturally

The photograph must:

  • Show complete head and neck
  • Show you looking straight at the camera (no tilted head)
  • Be taken with a natural expression (not laughing or frowning)
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible (no hair in eyes).

Head coverings
The photograph must show you without any hat or other head covering, except for religious reasons
If you wear a head covering for religious reasons a photograph will be accepted but your facial features must be clearly shown.

Photo Guidelines

Remote/distance students

If you reside outside the Sydney metropolitan area, or are unable to collect your card in person during business hours, once you have successfully uploaded your photo online you can apply to have your student card posted by completing the Request To Post application form. (Please note, students enrolling during the mid-year enrolment period at remote campus locations can also complete this form).

You will need to attach to the form:

  • A certified copy of your passport or driver licence or NSW Photo Card.

Certification can be done by:

  • your faculty administrator,
  • your course coordinator,
  • a Justice of the Peace, or
  • Notary Public

Send all requested documentation to:

Campus Cards, Student Centre
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building G02
University of Sydney NSW 2006

or by email to:

Summer/winter school students

If you are enrolled in a summer or winter school, or non-award unit of study and are not enrolled in a degree course, you can apply for a library card for the duration of your course.

You must bring your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and your photo identification, such as passport or drivers licence, to obtain your card at the Student Centre.

I've varied my enrolment. What do I do?

You do not need to obtain a new student card if you have either varied your enrolment or transferred to a different course. Domestic students are advised if your enrolment has changed from full-time to part-time, this will affect your eligibility for a Concession Opal card.

If you are a domestic student and your attendance has increased to full-time or if you are now a permanent resident of Australia and studying full-time, you can now apply for the Concession Opal card.

Travel concession - Concession Opal card is now available

NSW Tertiary Student Concessions are issued to students who meet the eligibility criteria specified by Transport for NSW. A travel concession entitles you to half fare tickets on most public transport services in NSW. Further information and guidelines can be found at the Transport NSW website.

  • When you have a Concession Opal card you will no longer need a concession foil on your student card.
  • You must carry your student card with you at all times as proof of your Opal concession entitlement.
  • From 1 January 2016, most paper tickets will no longer be sold. Be sure you are enrolled before applying. It's time to get your Opal card.

New students - declare your consent online during your enrolment.
Continuing students can declare their consent online when they re-enrol.

For the conditions of use and eligibility requirements for travel concession please refer to the Transport NSW website.

The Concession Opal card is now available apply here

Opal card image

Who's eligible?
The Concession Opal card is now available for full-time students of this tertiary institution.
The Concession Opal card is not available to international students unless on an Endeavour Awards Scholarship (DEEWR), an Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship (AusAID) or an Australian Development Scholarship (AusAID).

You can also find helpful information at Opal FAQs

How to apply

Step 1
Students need to give consent to share their details with Transport for NSW. This may be done as part of enrolment or at any time through the Student Centre. Please allow 2 business days* for this information to reach Transport for NSW before applying.

Step 2
Next, apply for the Concession Opal card.
Or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL)

Students should ensure they have their enrolment information handy when applying.

Step 3
Within 5-7 days the Concession Opal card will arrive in the post. Students should then activate their new card before using it to travel.

You should carry your student card with you at all times as proof of your Opal concession entitlement

* May vary depending on individual circumstances.

The Concession Opal card will replace the previous system of foils attached to your student card, though foils will still be available for students travelling outside the area covered by the Opal scheme.

Travel discounts for International Students

You can now purchase discounted MyMulti2 and MyMulti3 public transport tickets. All discounted tickets can be used for travel to and from a place of study as well as recreational travel, providing savings of up to 35 per cent.

To obtain the codes required to order your ticket, simply login to MyUni and follow the link provided.

Once you have received the codes you can proceed to purchase your MyMulti ticket online, visit Transport for NSW travel discount website

Find step-by-step instructions on how to order your ticket here

New Zealand students - please email to obtain your codes.

Replacement student cards

If your student card has been lost or stolen you can obtain a replacement from the Campus Cards counter in the Student Centre. You will need to provide photo identification (passport, driver licence or NSW Photo Card). The cost of replacing your student card is $25.

Replacement cards do not automatically contain secure building access. Please visit the Services Building (G12) to have your new card encoded.

Please note: Campus Cards only takes payment by credit card, EFTPOS, cheque or money order, and does not accept cash.

If you are a distance student who is unable to attend the Student Centre in person, you may apply by submitting the following form, including all required documentation (please allow one week for processing).
Replacement student card application form.

Payment for the card may be made online. Online payments will be processed the next business day.

If you lose your Concession Opal card contact Opal Customer Care on 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) to report it immediately and order a replacement.

Damaged cards

If your card is damaged, you can have a new card issued by Campus Cards on presentation of your old card. You will need to provide photo identification such as driver licence or passport. A fee of $25 may apply for replacement of a damaged card.

Caring for your card

Your student card contains an internal mechanism that will allow you to access the buildings across campus that are currently being installed with contactless readers, as well as magnetic stripe technology. This mechanism is located around the internal perimeter of your card, and can be damaged if:

  • The card is cracked in any way.
  • A hole is punched through the card.
  • The card is bent in any way.

Such damage can be avoided by:

  • Using an appropriate card holder, available to purchase from Campus Cards at the Student Centre.
  • Not storing the card in your pocket.
  • Avoiding excessive heat exposure.

Your student card is valid for the duration of your enrolment at the University of Sydney, so it is important to handle it with care.

Please note that a $25 replacement fee may incur for cards damaged through improper care.