Find out about your student ID card, where and when to collect it and what to do if you lose it.

About your student ID card

You should carry your student ID card with you whenever you’re on campus or at a University event. It’s the size of a credit card.

It’s the card you use to access the Library and is required identification for sitting exams.

Your student ID card has several identifiers and is unique to you, so don’t lend it to anyone else.

Elements of your ID card

Your ID card contains your:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • photograph
  • registration number
  • candidate number
  • person code
  • barcode number.

It also outlines whether you’re full-time or part-time, your level of study and the valid dates of your ID card.

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A visual representation of a Sussex student ID card

It’s not a student discount card

Your Sussex student ID card is not the same thing as the TOTUM card you get as a member of the Students’ Union or an ISIC card.

Online Distance Learning

If you are studying remotely as an Online Distance Learning student, you won’t automatically receive a student ID card.

If you want to visit campus or access on-campus services, email your Student Success advisor to request a student ID card:

Getting your student ID card

If you complete Online Registration before 14 September 2023, we will post your student ID card to your home address (providing you are UK-based and do not require a visa). If you complete online registration after this date, your ID card will be sent to your term time address that you provided to us as part of Online Registration.

If you have a student visa, we will issue you with your student ID card and biometric residence permit (BRP) after confirming your registration at an in-person registration session.

If you are on a non-student visa, we will make arrangements for you to collect your ID card once your registration status has been confirmed. 

Getting a replacement student ID card

To get a replacement card, contact the Print Unit.

If you decide you want a different picture on your student ID card, a reprint costs £10.

Lost, stolen or damaged cards

If you lose your card, or think it has been stolen, you should email

You’ll have to pay a replacement card fee for lost or damaged cards, but won’t be charged if your card was stolen and you can provide a crime reference number from the police.

Transferring to a new course

If you transfer to a new course with a different end-date, you’ll need to replace your card but you won’t be charged.

Withdrawing from a course

If you temporarily withdraw from your course, you can keep your student ID card, but you must inform the library membership services. When you return to Sussex you must get a replacement card which shows the new end date for your course. You will not be charged.

If you are studying at Sussex with a visa, see how changes to your course of study may affect this.

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