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.

ID cards are produced when you initially enrol at the University, however, if you have not yet obtained your ID card this can be collected from your Campus Advice Zone. You will require proof of identification in order to obtain your ID card.

Please note: All students are required to carry the card when on university premises and to produce it if asked to show identification. ID cards are mandatory for all University examinations and failure to show a valid ID card could result in your not being able to sit the exam.

Partner college students

If you are not studying at one of the main University campuses and require an ID card after you have initially enrolled then please contact your nearest Campus Advice Zone to arrange for an ID card to be produced. When you drop into the Advice Zone to collect your ID card, you will require proof of identification in order to obtain your ID card.

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 visit you 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.


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 2 MB