Your Oxford University Card, commonly known as a ‘Bod Card’ (after the Bodleian Library) is your ID card around Oxford University. Don’t leave your room without it!
Among other things, it is used for:
- Accessing buildings;
- Taking out library books;
- Identifying yourself at exams and formal University events;
- Getting discounts. Many businesses in Oxford will accept a university card as eligibility for student discounts, admission to ‘student nights’ at clubs, etc.
Getting your University Card
Graduate freshers are sent a contract direct from their department; completion and return of the contract triggers the issue of your University Card, which will be available for collection during Induction week
Registered visiting students and matriculated non-award students will be sent the appropriate application form to complete and return to the Hall.
Replacement University Cards
You should take good care of your university card; if it breaks or you lose it, you’ll need to replace it as a matter of urgency.
From 1 August 2010, staff and students who lose their university card will be charged a £10 flat rate replacement fee to cover the additional cost involved in issuing lost cards. This charge applies to any status card across the University, and replaces the previous policy.
The loss of a card should be reported to the Hall Secretary who will inform the University Card Office. Payment for lost cards needs to be made by the cardholder through the Oxford On-line Store. On receipt of payment the Card Office will send a replacement card to the Hall Secretary. Once a card is reported as lost, the barcode will be deactivated. The original card will no longer be useable. More details can be found at ‘What do I do if my card gets lost or stolen?‘
If a card needs to be renewed or replaced because of damage or a change in personal circumstances, no fee will be charged. Cardholders who provide evidence that their card has been stolen (Police Crime Number) will not be required to pay for a replacement card.