The uOttawa card is much more than your official student ID. It’s a convenient, all-in-one card that gives you access to a range of services, and can be used as payment method at many outlets on campus.
The uOttawa card has many advantages: aside from its convenience, it’s secure and it saves time and money. That’s why University of Ottawa students like Chantal Benette, a third-year international development and global studies student, like it.
“I find the card very useful. For me, it’s a fast payment method. What’s more, you can use it everywhere on campus.”
Once you’re registered for courses, you can easily get a uOttawa card by showing two pieces of ID. The card is linked to a declining balance account to which you can add funds online as needed using your credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or by transferring funds from your bank account using Interac. For the latter, a minimum $25 deposit is required. You can also add funds to your card at card dispensers and loaders across the campus, or in person at the uOttawa Card Service, in the Unicentre, 85 University, Room 106. As well, your parents can add funds to the card through your online account. All they need to do is enter your name and student number indicated on the card.
You can use your uOttawa card at all Food Services outlets, for printing and photocopying and other docUcentre services, as well as for purchases at the University Bookstore. The uOttawa card is accepted as a payment method by the Community Life Service, the Library, the Student Academic Success Service (SASS) and Sports Services. In addition, the card can be used at student-run businesses such as the Pivik, the 1848 and Café Alt, except to purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, or prepaid cards.
Please note that you must show your card before writing exams.
According to Danny Albert, uOttawa Card Service coordinator, negotiations are underway to increase the number of services and outlets that accept the card, on campus and elsewhere. For more information, visit their website.