Student ID Cards

The University of South Wales Student SMART ID card is multi-purpose and acts as your University identification, Library card, Door Entry card and allows you access to University services and facilities.

New students

If you are a student based in Cardiff, Newport, Glyntaff and Sports Park:

Your course leader will issue your Student ID card to you during your first induction session week commencing 20th September 2021.

If you are a student based in Treforest:

You will be able to collect your student ID card from the Advice Zone from Monday 20th – Friday 24th September (9am – 4.30pm) from a student navigator.

If you have or are moving into Accommodation on the Treforest campus, your ID card will be made available for you to collect from the Team in Accommodation Services providing you have enrolled before the 14th of September.  If not, you will need to collect it from the Advice Zone

If you are unable to collect your student ID card during your induction session, then your card will be available for collection Monday 27th September 2021 – Friday 8th October 2021 (9am – 4.30pm):

Cardiff – The Street

Glyntaff – Advice Zone

Newport - B floor next to the Advice Zone

Treforest - Advice Zone  

Returning students

For returning students who did not collect their student ID card during the 2020/21 academic year, then your card will be available for collection Monday 27th September 2021 – Friday 8th October 2021 (9am – 4.30pm)

Cardiff – The Street

Glyntaff – Advice Zone

Newport - B floor next to the Advice Zone

Treforest - Advice Zone  

Conditions of Use

Your student ID card is the property of the University and is valid until the expiry date on the card, which will be the end of your course. If you think this expiry is incorrect or needs extending please contact your Campus Advice Zone.

You will be required to produce your ID card when accessing certain University facilities on request.

You should not allow anyone else to use your ID card.

Your ID card will act as your Library Card and users of the Library must comply with Library Regulations.


Partner college students

ID cards will not be available for Partner college students to collect due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  


ID card photograph

The photo should show a close-up of your full head and shoulders, facing forward. It must be only of you with no other objects or people.

Your photo must be: 

  • in colour, taken against a plain cream or light grey background

  • show you facing forward without anything covering your face (eg your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair)

  • recent (eg taken within the last six months)

  • clear and in focus

  • unaltered by computer software

  • in portrait orientation (not landscape)

  • in a jpg format

  • within the maximum file size limit of 2MB

Please note that due to Covid-19 pandemic we are not offering the Replacement ID cards service via the  USW Online Store.


No, the library will accept a form of proof of identity such as a passport.

No, you can download a student status letter on your Unilife account as proof our your studies at the University



ID cards will not be available for Partner college students to collect due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yes, please collect your card from the campus where you are living.   The campus distribution locations are listed above.

This service is not being provided.   ID cards are being given out on campus to students who attending scheduled teaching activity.

This service is not being provided.   You will be able to download a student status letter from your UniLife account to confirm you are a student at the University.