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Student cards

As well as identifying you as a student at the University, your student card allows you to access campus facilities, borrow from the library, print and photocopy, and gives you access to a wide range of travel and student discounts.    


You’ll apply for your student card as part of online enrolment for your course. This card will be valid for the duration of your enrolment.

Getting your student card

  1. Enrol online through Sydney Student.
  2. Upload a passport-style photo as the last step of enrolment.
  3. Wait to receive confirmation by email when your card is ready for pick up.
  4. Collect your card from the location advised in your confirmation email (you’ll need photographic proof of identification).

If you didn't upload a photo during your enrolment, you can log back in to Sydney Student at a later time to complete this step (go to 'My studies', then 'Enrolment' and select 'Upload photo').

Remote/distance students

If you live outside the Sydney metropolitan area, or can’t collect your card in person during business hours, once you’ve successfully uploaded your photo online you can apply to have your student card posted by completing the Request to post application form.

Students enrolling during the mid-year enrolment period at remote campus locations can also complete this form.

Summer or Winter School students

If you’re only enrolled at the Summer or Winter School (and not also enrolled as a student in Semester 1 or 2), you are not eligible for a student card or a Concession Opal card.

However, you can still get a library borrower's card by visiting the Student Centre with your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and photo identification such as a passport or driver’s licence.

Replacing your card

You need to keep your student card with you at all times on campus. Your student card’s internal mechanism can be damaged if the card is cracked, bent or exposed to heat, so be sure to take care of it throughout your studies.

If your card is lost, stolen or damaged, you can apply for a replacement online or in person at the Student Centre.

You’ll need to pay a $25 administrative fee and bring photo identification to collect your new student card. Please note, the Student Centre only takes payment by credit card or EFTPOS.

There is no fee to replace your student card for a change of name.

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.

Using your card

You can use your student card to borrow books from the library by scanning it at a self-service borrowing station. To pay for printing or laundry on campus, use your student card to access SydPay.

Entering secure areas

To access a 24-hour study centre after hours, just swipe or tap your student card in the reader mounted by the door and wait for the beep. Find out about the ICT labs and libraries open after hours.

Depending on your course, you may also be allowed to enter laboratories or other faculty-specific areas. To add this level of access, check the faculty information below or ask your faculty to contact the Campus Assist helpdesk on +61 2 9351 7838 to organise this on your behalf.

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

If you’re a postgraduate research student, the spaces you’ll be working in require key and/or swipe-card access. During your induction meeting with your supervisor, you will review the locations you need access to.

Access to Pharmacy and Bank Building (A15) and Badham Building (A16)

Your supervisor will be responsible for requesting access on your behalf, along with checking you have completed the required safety checks and training.

Access to Charles Perkins Centre Building (D17)

If you need access to the Charles Perkins Centre facilities, you will need to contact the centre.

If you are a postgraduate research student, many of the buildings and some of the laboratories you’ll be working in will require swipe card access. You should discuss which building or labs you’ll need access to with your supervisor during the induction meeting.

To organise activating your student card to provide swipe card access:

You may also be able to request keys for specific buildings, offices and rooms. Discuss this access with your supervisor and make the request through the contacts listed above for card access.

Campus security issues are of great importance, so make sure you lock up rooms if you’re the last to leave.

Temporary cards for honours and postgraduate students

If you take a semester off from your studies, you will not have access to the facilities on campus, including borrowing books from the Library.

If you’re a postgraduate student whose candidature is suspended, or a student intending to do honours or a postgraduate degree, you can apply for a temporary library card.

To apply for a temporary card:

  • complete the Postgraduate and honours students temporary library card form (PDF 171KB), which has been signed by both your thesis supervisor or coursework coordinator and the head of department. If your thesis is under examination, you do not need signed authorisation for the library card application.
  • provide photo identification, such as your driver’s licence or passport.

If you’re a higher degree by research student under examination and your student card has expired, you can alternatively request a card in person at the Student Centre. You’ll need photo identification such as your driver’s licence or passport.

Student Centre

Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Last updated: 12 April 2017


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