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Last updated on 29 March 2022

Your student card proves that you are a student at VU Amsterdam. With it you can identify yourself at exams, use the printing facilities or borrow from the University Library.

More information

  • For whom?

    When enrolling for the first time at VU Amsterdam, every student automatically receives a student card. This is on condition that you have uploaded a photo and that you are fully enrolled. You are fully enrolled when you receive a confirmation email. Student cards are issued to the following students:

    • Regular (bachelor/premaster/master)
    • Postgraduate 
    • Exchange
  • What can you do with it?

    Your student card (in combination with your Declaration of Registration) proves that you are a student at VU Amsterdam. With it you can:

    • take out books from the University Library;
    • identify yourself during exams;
    • scan, print and copy at the multifunctionals. In order to print, copy or buy something at a vending machine, you first need to activate and top up your student card.
  • When will you receive it?

    You will receive your student card no later than in September after you have been fully enrolled and at your correspondence address known to VU Amsterdam. You only receive it when you have uploaded a correct photo and have set a Dutch correspondence address. Make sure the address is up to date in Studielink or 

    If you maintain a foreign correspondence address, you will receive an email when the card is ready to be picked up from the Student Desk. 

    Please note that it may take 4-6 weeks before you receive the card. You receive the student card only once and keep it for the rest of your educational programme at VU Amsterdam.

  • What to do in case of loss or theft?

    In the event of loss or theft you can apply for a new student card at the Student Desk in the Main Building for a small fee (€5,-). This fee can only be completed with a Dutch debit card (Maestro). In June, July and August no student cards can be requested for the current academic year. Once you are re-enrolled, you can request a new student card for the next academic year.

  • Secondary subject students

    As a secondary subject student you do not get a VU Amsterdam student card. You can take out books and participate in exams with the student card from your own institution in combination with the Declaration of Registration of VU Amsterdam. You can also use the machines, coffee machines and printers without a student card.

  • Contract education students

    If you are a contract student, you will not receive a student card or a proof of enrolment. If you wish, you can buy a card at the University Library. Contract students in Medicine and part-time students in the Marketing and Business Administration Master's programme will receive a student card and a Declaration of Registration.


Do you have any questions? Please contact the Student Desk.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00)

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