Your WashU ID card is proof of your identity and affiliation with the University while on campus.
During periods of heightened security, you may be asked by University staff or officials to produce your WashU ID for verification.
Always carry your ID with you while on campus.
Your ID card provides you electronic or standalone swipe access into Danforth and/or Medical Campus buildings, labs, and multi-purpose rooms.
Building access is unique to each University student, faculty-staff member, contractor, or guest, and is thus complex.See our Guide to Card Access
Your ID provides physical payment access to your dining points which can be used at on-campus dining locations. Popular spots include Bears’ Den on the South 40, the Danforth University Center, and Village Dining in Lopata House.Learn more about Meal Plans
Additionally, your card holds a “Campus Card Account” called Bear Bucks which can be used tax-free on campus as well as off-campus for easy transactions.Learn more about Bear Bucks
Your WashU ID grants you free access to the WashU Shuttle Network. The network includes a Campus Circulator as well as seven neighborhood routes that reach the Delmar Loop, West Campus, South Campus, the Central West End and Medical Campus, and more.Learn more about the WashU Shuttle System
Student/Faculty-Staff must carry their WashU ID alongside their complimentary Metro U-Pass. St. Louis’s metro system offers a variety of bus and train routes for public use.Request a U-Pass
With a swipe of your WashU ID card, students can access their printing allowance to be used across WashU campuses.Learn more about how/where to print on campus.
WashU ID with Bear Bucks is the primary payment method for students purchasing laundry loads for washing and drying.See our full guide to Campus Laundry
For many in-person exams and tests on campus, you may be asked to produce your WashU ID card or your six-digit Student ID number displayed on the card.See more of what the card displays…
Your legal Last Name will be shown as officially documented with the University. This name can only be changed through verification with the Office of the University Registrar.
Washington University in St. Louis recognizes that many students prefer to use names other than their legal ones to identify themselves. As long as the use of this preferred name is not for the purposes of misrepresentation, the university acknowledges that a “preferred name” can and should be used where possible in the course of university education and communication.
Students may change this name at any time within WebStac.Learn More about WashU’s Preferred Name policies
Each card provided by Campus Card Services includes a several-digit, card number that identifies it individually from other cards and from any replacement card you may request.
Your personal ID number is a six-digit code that identifies you throughout the University campus. Departmental forms or on-campus services may use this code to informally verify your identity on campus. For transactions, Student ID/Faculty-Staff ID numbers should not be used.
This small number near the center of your card is called the Lost Card Code. It simply refers to what iteration of your card you are currently using. If you receive a replacement card at any time, it is important to know that previous versions of your card will no longer carry your access or campus accounts.
We want you to be confident in your ID portrait! That is why we allow you to capture and submit your own photo to us. If you would prefer, our office can also take ID photos in-person at any time for no additional charge. ID Photo Specification are linked below.See our ID Portrait Rules & Guidelines
Many individuals at our University are listed under multiple affiliations (e.g. Student & Faculty-Staff). These members will receive only one WashU ID with their Primary Affiliation indicated on the front. If your Primary Affiliation changes, it is common practice to request a Replacement Card at our office.
WashU Students will also see a two-letter alpha code that indicates their Academic College on file.
- Locate a card entry station located in the general area of its corresponding door.
- Swipe your card in a downward motion with the back of the card and its two magnetic strips facing your RIGHT.
- See below for which strip-side to use, A or B…
- Access to your authorized buildings within their operating hours.
- Paying with Bear Bucks
- Paying with your Dining Meal Plan (for Undergraduates only)
- Entry into standalone locks (e.g. special labs, multi-purpose rooms, restricted thoroughfares, or departmental doors)
- Most University members won’t need/can’t use their B side, and use of this side required special encoding on a card-to-card, person-to-person basis.
- Keep your card away from computers, cell phones, TVs, stereo equipment, microwaves, and other magnetic devices.
- Do not store your card where it may bend or come in direct contact with other magnetized cards. Damage or misuse of the card may render it unusable.