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Student ID card

What is a student ID card?

A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations, for instance. You will also need it to borrow books, and you can use the credit on your student ID card to pay for beverages purchased from the coffee and tea vending machines and when using printers. 

How do I apply for a student ID card?

To receive a student ID card, you will need to upload a passport photo and activate your student ID card:

  1. Upload your passport photo
    To upload your passport photo, go to You will need your UvA ID to do this (as a future UvA student, you will receive a log-in name and password by email). Use one of the following browsers (from version): Internet Explorer 8, Safari 10, Firefox 11, Opera 11 and Google Chrome 18. 
  2. Please ensure that your passport photo satisfies at least the following criteria:

  • It must be a clear, recent passport-quality passport photo.
  • It must be a good likeness of you.
  • The file must be a JPEG file.
  • The file must be no smaller than 50 KB and no bigger than 3 MB.
  • The photo must be clear and detailed and must provide sufficient contrast (not too light or too dark).
  • Your face (chin, mouth, nose, eyes and eyebrows) must be fully visible, even with head covering, and you must be facing forwards.
  • The main part of the photo must be your face.
  • The photo must be of one person only.
  • The photo can be colour or black and white.
  • Photos with a Snapshot (or similar) filter are not permitted.

You can pick up your student ID card at the Service Desk of your degree programme. You will receive a message from the Service Point when your ID card is ready. If you are starting your programme in September, the card will be sent to the address that you registered in August. Please note: if you registered an international address you will receive an email to let you know where you can pick up your student ID card. 

Activate the student ID card
After you receive your card, go as soon as possible – and before 1 October – to a service point to activate your student ID card. You will need to present your new student ID card plus a valid proof of identity (ID card or passport). The locations of the service points are listed below.

Please note: You will also need to activate your student ID card so that you can use it make payments.

Why do I need a student ID card?

You can use your student ID card to:

  1. confirm your identity when attending classes, for exams and when using study centres at all UvA locations;
  2. As an entrance pass to different floors of the Amsterdam Science Park;
  3. borrow books from the university library or the university of applied sciences library;
  4. For student discounts offered by the University Sports Centre (USC), the student cultural organisation CREA, etc.
  5. to make payments:
  • at the vending machines selling hot and cold drinks and sweets;
  • for using printers;
  • at the library information desks (in addition to using a debit card).
  • Payment at the catering locations

How do I top up credit on my student ID Card?

Allard Pierson Museum: Oude Turfmarkt 127, in restaurant

AUC: Science Park 113, in entrance

Duisenberg school of finance, Gustav Mahlerplein 117, 1st floor

FNWI: Science Park 904, behind entrance

IWO: Meibergdreef 29, 4th floor

OMHP: Oude Manhuispoort 4-6, central hall

P.C. Hoofthuis: Spuistraat 134, 3d floor opposite lifts 1 and 2

REC A: Nieuwe Achtergracht 166,  in copy room of A.0.

REC B/C: Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1st floor in canteen

REC H: Roetersstraat 11, near entrance next to lift

REC M: Plantage Muidergracht 12, ground floor near vending machine

University Library: Singel 422, alcove opposite canteen


UvA students can also top up their cards at the following AUAS/HvA locations:

Dr. Meurer building, Dr. Meurerlaan 8+10, in entrance area

Fraijlemaborg, Fraijlemaborg 133, on the 1st floor

Kohnstamm building, Wibautstraat 2-4, near Service Desk

Leeuwenburg, Weesperzijde 190, near restaurant

Muller-Lulofs building, Wibautstraat 5a, on 2nd floor roof terrace

Nicolaes Tulp building, Tafelbergweg 51, in entrance area near reception desk

Wibaut building, Wibautstraat 3B, near the restaurant


Student ID cards can be topped up via the UvA website. You will incur a bank charge of €0.50 per top-up transaction. Student ID cards can always be topped up free of charge at the top-up locations. 

Please note: Your student ID card must be activated to make payments. If you have not yet activated your student ID card, go to one of the service points to activate it. 

How long will the student ID card remain valid?

For as long as you are registered as an UvA student.

Where are the service points located?

You can activate your student ID card at any of the following locations:

  • City centre

    The service point is the reference desk of the Information Centre at the UB Singel (first floor). This is open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 23:45. On Saturday, it is open from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Roeterseiland Campus

    You will find the Student Service Desk at Roeterseiland Campus, Roeterstraat 11, building E, mail hall ground floor.
  • Amsterdam Science Park

    The library information desk serves as a service point at the Amsterdam Science Park. It is open Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 22:00.
  • Academic Medical Center (AMC)

    The AMC service point can be found at the library information desk. It is open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:00.

What is the difference between a student ID card and Proof of Enrolment?

The student ID card is not Proof of Enrolment. The Proof of Enrolment will be sent by email to the address specified in Studielink after you have met all conditions for enrolment and your tuition fees have been paid.

I still have not paid any tuition fees but have already received my student ID card. Is that correct?

Yes, that is correct. All students who have enrolled for the 2016-2017 academic year will receive a student ID card. This also applies to all new students who have applied for enrolment in Studielink.

What should I do in the event of loss or theft?

  • You can block your student ID card via and at any of the service points.
  • Apply for a new student ID card from (payment via iDeal). A new student ID card costs €15 (covering security, production, administration and postage costs).
  • Was your card stolen and did you report the theft to the police? Take the police report to one of the service desks to apply for a new student ID card free of charge.
  • You will receive an email telling you when you can pick up your new student ID card.

The credit on your old student ID card will automatically be loaded onto your new card.


For questions or more information, please contact the Service Desk of UvA’s Facility Services via or call T: +31 (0)20 525 1403.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

18 May 2018