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New students: collect your student ID card

Your student ID card contains key information about you and allows you to access a number of different systems around BU, including: printers, cycle facilities or access to specific buildings on campus. You’ll also need to use this as your identification during exams on campus. These important ID cards are distributed in your first year of study at BU and are used throughout your time here.

Please read the information below to find out when and where you can collect student ID cards this semester:


I’m starting in January 2021

If you are starting at BU in January 2021, we are currently unable to print your student ID card until further notice. You will still be able to access all your online resources and if you need to visit campus for face-to-face teaching or individual study because you cannot study where you live, you will be able to access the essential activity taking place on campus during the national lockdown.

If you find you do need your student ID card, please get in touch with the Student Lifecycle team by emailing: and they will be able to help you. We will contact you later in the year to arrange collection of your student ID card.

I started in September 2020

If you started in September 2020 and are in the Faculty of Science and Technology, the BU Business School or Faculty of Media and Communications your student ID card can be collected from AskBU Student Services at The Base in Poole House Monday - Thursday between 8.30am and 5pm, and Friday 8.30am - 4:30pm. Further information about what you need to bring when collecting your student ID card is detailed in our FAQ below. It is important to note that if you have not yet received confirmation by email of your full enrolment, your card will not be available.

If you are studying away from Bournemouth this semester and don’t plan to physically be here, you will not need a student ID card. We will hold it for you and distribute it at another collection event later in the year, you do not need to make a special journey to Bournemouth to collect your card.

If you started in September 2020 and are in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, you should have been given an appointment to collect your card from the faculty office in September.

If you have any queries about your Student ID card, please check our FAQ below or get in touch with the Student Lifecycle team at who will be able to help you.

Frequently Asked Questions