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Student ID Card

An Ara Student ID card gets you access to facilities on campus, and discounts across New Zealand.

Once you’ve fully enrolled, you can get an Ara ID card which is valid for the duration of your study. It has many benefits and allows you access to many things in and around the campus, including:

Obtaining your card

On your first day, take your student ID number to the security office and ask for a Student ID card. They will verify that you are enrolled, take your photo and provide you with your ID card. There is no cost for your ID card. 

At our City campus, the Security office is in the Rakaia Centre. They are open 8.00am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

If you're at Woolston campus, go to the main desk in the Student Services building.

At the Timaru campus, you can get your card at Registry in A Block or staff can post it to you. 

Lost or stolen cards

If your card is lost or stolen it will be cancelled and a new card can be issued (replacement cards cost $20). First though, you need to report that it’s missing. If you’re based at the City campus, report it to Security in the Rakaia Centre. If you’re at the Woolston campus, report it at the Student Services Building. If you’re studying in Timaru, Oamaru or Ashburton, report it to Student Central or reception.

After-hours access

Your Ara | Te Pūkenga card comes with the 24 hour computer lab access loaded onto it. To be able to access other Cousre Specific areas, please contact Security for access.

Credit your ID card for printing

You can add credit for printing onto your ID card in MyAra using ‘Print Balance’. Additionally, if you’re based at the Timaru, Oamaru or Ashburton campuses you can get credit added by visiting Student Central or reception.


See opening hours for all Ara campuses here.

  • No cost for a Student ID Card
  • Replacement cards cost $20
Entry requirements

A Student ID card will only be available to you once you have completed formal enrolment and paid your tuition fees.

Your Student ID card is valid for the year of your study although there are some restrictions to what you can access after your study has finished.

Cards are not transferable to anyone else.