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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.    

How to get your student card

COVID-19 update: posting out student cards

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have suspended our in-person services and all student cards will now be posted to your nominated Australian mailing address.

If you are undertaking study or research on campus you will need your student card to access buildings. It can take 5-10 working days to issue a card, however this may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ensure you provide all required supporting documents to avoid any delays with processing your application.

If you require a student card to verify your identify for an exam, we recommend you use alternative government-issued IDs.

Submitting your photo

When you commence your course, you are required to submit a passport style photo for your student card. When you upload your photo, you'll need to make sure that it meets the photo guidelines (pdf, 69KB) or it will not be approved. Your photo will be assessed within 5 working days.

If you didn’t submit a photo during enrolment, you'll need to log in to Sydney Student and upload a passport-style photo (go to 'My studies', then 'Enrolment' and select 'Upload photo'). You can do this at any time.

If you have any issues when uploading a photo, we recommend you use the recommended browser, Mozilla Firefox (Windows) or Safari (MacOS). If the error persists, you can contact

Commencing students in Semester 2, 2021

If you are a student commencing a new course in Semester 2, 2021, you will need to submit a request for a student card once the photo you have submitted through Sydney Student has been approved. After receiving your photo approval confirmation email, you will then need to fill out the Student card application form (pdf, 209KB) and send it with a copy of your proof of identity documents (passport, Australian driver's licence or Australian proof of age card) to It can take to 5-10 working days to issue a card. Please note that failure to provide all the required documents will delay the processing of your card request.

Your card will be posted to you directly and sent by regular post through Australia Post. Ensure you include your preferred mailing address in your application form. You will receive a confirmation email when your student card has been sent in the mail. If you have not received your card within 15 business days of receiving the confirmation email, contact

Previously enrolled students commencing new courses

If you are commencing a new course directly after completing a previous course, your existing student card will still be valid and you do not have to replace it.

If you have previously studied at the University but did not commence your new course directly after completing previous study, you will need a new student card. Please submit a Student card application form (pdf, 209KB) and send it with a copy of your proof of identity documents to We will post your student card to your nominated Australian address.

Continuing students returning onshore for on-campus study

If you have uploaded your photo in a previous semester but were unable to collect your student card due to being offshore, you can arrange for your card to be posted once you arrive in Australia. Please fill out the Student card application form (pdf, 209KB) with a copy of your proof of identity documents and email

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1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

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Last updated: 17 September 2021

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