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Student Smartcards

Academic Registry produces Smartcards for all new students.

A Northumbria University Smartcard is :      

  • University ID card
  • Library card
  • Free use of the No 1 bus between Campuses (Newcastle Campus Only)
  • Access to buildings card
  • Northumbria Students' Union membership card
  • Attendance monitoring card
  • Payment card for printing and photocopying

It will also be your membership card if you choose to join the University's sport facility, Sport Central.

The photo you uploaded as part of your enrolment will be the image that is printed onto your Smartcard. It is important that you collect your card at the earliest convenience as you will require it to gain access to many parts of the campus.

When you collect your Smartcard you must bring with you an official form of photographic identification. We will only accept one of the following items:

  • Passport
  • Photographic Driving Licence
  • Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) Card

Your photographic proof of identification must be valid and the expiry date must not have passed.

Should you not possess the above, please contact Ask4Help in advance by exception.


Please remember to bring your ID as above.


Collecting your Smartcard: Information for Northumbria Newcastle Students

For new January enrolment, you will be able to collect your Smartcard from your Campus Library. Smartcards will be available for collection at  least 48 hours after you have completed enrolment and successfully uploaded a suitable photograph.

New International students must attend an University Wide enrolment session, complete your enrolment and will be issued with your Smartcard.

Collecting your Smartcard: Information for Northumbria London Students

All New London Campus students will collect their Smartcard from the Ask4Help desk on the ground floor of the Northumbria London Campus.

Collecting your Smartcard: Information for Northumbria Amsterdam Students

As part of our partnership with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) you will have access to their campus buildings, library's and facilities so you will also be provided with an AUAS smart card alongside your Northumbria card. Your University Smartcards are your access to buildings, learning resources and wider resources which require your university ID. You should never be without them! 

Your Smart Cards will be generated after you have completed your enrolment.

You will receive an email when your Smartcard is ready for collection. Collection will take place from the Ask4Help Service Point of the Ground Floor of Fraijlemaborg Building between the hours of 10am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.


Your Smartcard is non-transferable and may only be used by the person whose name and photograph appears on it. The card is valid for all campuses of Northumbria University and should be carried at all times.Cards that have been lost or stolen must be reported to an Ask4Help point, a £5 charge is applied if the card has been lost or damaged.  Any changes to a student’s first and /or surname will need to be verified by the Student Progress Team before a new Smartcard can be produced.  If you change the course that you are studying or if you are progressing from a Foundation course to your destination course a new card will be printed automatically when you enrol.

Smartcards for members of staff are produced by the Library on receipt of a registration form.


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