Skip to main content

Student cards

Conditions of use

This page applies to all students of the University of Sydney.

The information:

  • sets out the conditions of use of your University student card
  • outlines eligibility for and issue of transport concessions
  • provides an overview of how privacy is managed in line with the University's Privacy Policy 2013 (as amended) and Privacy Management Plan 2012 (as amended).

Conditions of use

  • Your student card is your University of Sydney identification card and is not valid without your signature on the back.
  • Your right to use this card cannot be transferred to another person and it can only be used as instructed.
  • The card identifies you for the purpose of University business only.
  • It should be carried with you at all times on the grounds of the University and should be produced when asked by any member of staff, or other officer of the University.
  • It should also be displayed when you sit formal examinations and is used when borrowing from the University libraries. If you transfer between degrees at either the undergraduate or postgraduate level, subsequent to your enrolment, it is not necessary to replace your card.
  • The Opal concession card has replaced the previous system of foils or bitmap image attached to your student card. You should carry your student card with you at all times as proof of your Opal concession entitlement. For the conditions of use and eligibility requirements for travel concession see the Transport NSW website.
  • You should not obtain or continue to use student concession travel if you do not comply with the eligibility conditions.
  • Providing false information, fraudulently seeking to obtain benefits for which you are not eligible, or altering or tampering with your student card in any way could render you liable to prosecution.
  • If your student card has been lost or stolen you can obtain a replacement from the Student Centre. You will need to provide accepted photo identification. The cost of replacing your student card is $25. If you are eligible for student concession travel outside the Opal network, you may apply for a Transport concession entitlement card on the Transport NSW website.


The personal information and photograph you supply to the University of Sydney in order to facilitate the issuing of your student card will be managed in line with the University's Privacy Policy 2013 (as amended) and Privacy Mangement Plan 2012 (as amended).

Your student card contains personal information you provide to the University when you become a student. The purposes of a student card include, verifying you as a student, providing proof of your Opal concession entitlement, allowing you access to secure areas on campus, verifying your access to secure areas of the University, and facilitating borrowing from the University libraries. By using your student card for these purposes, information will be generated and collected by the University, including records of the items you borrow from the University libraries and the secure areas you access.

If you use your student card to access a SydPay account, see the SydPay privacy information.

The supply of information by you is voluntary. If you do not supply the information requested, this may prevent your enrolment as a student of the University and/or access to secure areas of the University.

The personal information you provide to the University and information regarding the items you borrow from the University Libraries and your access to secure areas of the University may be accessed for University purposes by staff members on a need-to-know basis, including: staff within the Student Centre who are authorised to issue cards and who have access to the Transact card management system where your information is stored; staff members who work in the University Libraries; and, relevant staff within Central Operations Services, the faculty, school or organisational unit that you work within, and the Safety, Health and Wellbeing unit.

You may apply at any time to see what personal information about you is held by the University and to check its accuracy. If any of the information is inaccurate, out-of-date or incorrect, you may apply to have the information corrected.

If you have any queries about the management of your personal information, contact the Student Centre or a University privacy officer. See our Privacy page for further information.

Student Centre



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

Find out more about how we can help

Last updated: 30 January 2024

Website feedback

Tell us if you’ve spotted a typo or something else wrong with this page.

Thank you

Your feedback has been sent.

Sorry there was a problem sending your feedback. Please try again

You should only use this form to send feedback about the content on this webpage – we will not respond to other enquiries made through this form. If you have an enquiry or need help with something else such as your enrolment, course etc you can contact the Student Centre.