If you are new to UNSW this term or requesting your student ID card for the first time, make sure you've been enrolled in a course for at least 48 hours then please follow the below steps to obtain your student ID card.
1. Accept your offer and enrol
2. Prepare your identification documents
When you attend in person to request your student ID card, you will need to bring one or more valid government-issued identity documents from the list below. If you do not bring accepted supporting documentation, UNSW will be unable to issue you with your student ID card.
Your identification documentation will be used to verify your identity and confirm your personal details (including your full legal name and if applicable your residency/citizenship status). If the UNSW record of your personal details are incorrect we will use your identification documentation to update those details.
- Australian passport, or
- Australian drivers licence and Australian birth certificate / citizenship certificate, or
- NSW photo card (or equivalent) and Australian birth certificate / citizenship certificate.
New Zealand Citizen
- New Zealand citizen passport, or
- Australian drivers licence and New Zealand birth certificate / citizenship certificate, or
- NSW photo card (or equivalent) and New Zealand birth certificate / citizenship certificate.
Australian Permanent Resident
- Passport and Australian visa letter or label.
If you have legally changed your name due to marriage, divorce or a formal change of name request, you may be required to provide additional documentation that reflects the change.
Requesting your card
UNSW Canberra students
Log in to the ADFA Student Gateway for UNSW Canberra / ADFA student card information.
Did you know? It only takes 2 minutes to print your Student ID card on the spot – just drop into The Nucleus: Student Hub!
In most cases, you only need your Student ID card for access on UNSW Kensington & Paddington campuses.
- Need proof that you’re a student to get discounts? Apply for a Letter Confirming Enrolment Details.
- Need proof that you're a student for Opal or Centrelink purposes? Apply for a Concession Entitlement Card.
Still need a Distance Student ID card?
Make sure you attach:
a Passport-sized photo
a certified copy of your photo ID (accepted ID: valid passport, Driver Licence, or NSW Photo Card).
If you are a new domestic student eligible for Commonwealth Support, you will need to provide proof of citizenship/residency status.
All UNSW students (except Canberra/Distance)
Here you can find information for all students (other than UNSW Canberra and Distance Education students), on how to get your student ID card.
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How to prove I'm a student, before I get my ID card?
If you need to prove you are a student at UNSW, you can order an official UNSW letter confirming your enrolment details. When using a Concession Opal Card, Transport for NSW have advised that you can use a Transport Concession Entitlement Card instead.
Once you've got your card
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