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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, car and cycle parking or access to specific buildings on campus. You’ll also need to use this as your identification during exams. These important ID cards are distributed in your first year of study at BU and are used throughout your time here.

For this reason, it is important to not share photographs of, or disclose the information on your student ID card with others or on social media. Doing so could expose your personal details to cyber criminals.

Student ID cards for new students are usually issued at the start of your first semester after you enrol onto your course. However, due to the recent switch to online enrolment you will have to collect your ID card a little differently this year.

Please read the relevant information below to find out when and where students that joined us in September can collect student ID cards this semester:

Collecting your student ID card from Poole House Reception

If you 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 Poole House Reception between 8am and 5pm until 18 December.

It is important to note that you must be a fully enrolled student for 24 hours before your student ID card will be ready to collect. This gives us enough time to print and deliver your card. 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 in the first 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 at the start of semester two, you do not need to make a special journey to Bournemouth to collect your card.

What you will need to bring

When collecting your student ID card, you will be asked for your surname (family name) and to confirm your student ID number (find this at the top of your registration email).

Please also bring some other form of ID with your name on. We will only ask to see it where necessary, but it will be especially useful to see your surname/family name written down. With masks and visors and distancing, hearing a tricky spelling will be more difficult than normal! It doesn’t have to be ‘official’ ID – a letter or bank card would also suffice. If there is any doubt about whether the person in the picture you submitted online is really you, we will need to undertake further security checks before handing over your student ID card.

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