Student cards

The way you collect, replace or renew your student card will vary depending on your circumstances. Start the Student Card Wizard to find out the quickest way you can get your student card.

What does my student card do?

Your ANU student card can be used for the following purposes:

  • borrowing rights for ANU Libraries;
  • access to printers and copiers in Information Commons locations;
  • access to computer labs and other buildings on campus;
  • access to examination venues, and;
  • student discounts at participating locations (ACT public transport, movie theatres, etc.).


  • Your ANU student card is your official form of identification while on campus and must be presented upon request by ANU staff and security officers.
  • Your student card remains the property of ANU. You are expected to keep your card in good condition, and return it to ANU if requested.
  • Your student card is not transferrable. Only the individual named on the card is permitted to use services. 
  • You may only have one student card. Expired cards can be replaced at ANU Student Central.
  • A replacement fee of $30 will be charged if your student card is damaged, broken or lost. This fee will be waived upon presentation of a police report documenting the theft. Payments are made through your ISIS account by selecting: [Main Menu (compass in top-right corner of screen) > Navigator > ISIS > Account Details > Miscellaneous Purchases]
  • You can select to have a preferred name printed on your student card upon collection. No reasoning or documentation for the change needs to be provided. Your preferred name will be reflected on your card, and your legal name will be used in all other instances (on official documents provided by the University, e.g. your Academic Transcript). Please visit the Change of Name webpage for information on changing your legal name. 


Step 1
Enrol in courses

You must have completed the enrolment process before you can request a student card. Please refer to the resources below for assistance with the enrolment process. 

Step 2
On-campus students

Student cards can be collected 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday to Thursday, or 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, at ANU Student Central (building X-005).

You must present an item of government-issued identification, such as a driver's licence, passport or a similar document upon collection of your student card. 

Step 3
Online students and those unable to attend ANU Student Central

If you are unable to attend ANU Student Central, you can request a student card by completing the following steps:

  1. Take a colour photo of yourself. Your photo must satisfy the following criteria:

    • in focus;
    • taken in front of a plain white or light-grey background;
    • taken with appropriate brightness and contrast to show natural skin tone;
    • taken in uniform lighting with no shadows obscuring your face;
    • your face is looking directly at the camera and not tilted in any direction; and,
    • your eyes are open.

      Head coverings, jewellery and glasses, if normally worn, can be included in your photo provided your face remains visible. 

      If your photo is deemed to be of an unacceptable quality, you will be asked to supply a new photo. The preferred file type for photos is JPEG.
  2. Take a colour photo of an item of government-issued identification, such as a driver's licence, passport or a similar document.

    We will use this to confirm your identity. The photo you provide must resemble your likeness shown on your government-issued identification.

  3. Complete an Application for Student Card.

Email all items to for processing. Your student card will be posted to the address nominated on your application within seven days of being received; mailing times will vary.

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