Getting Started

“... One of the best things about the UB Card is that you can track your balances online and you and your parents can, at any time during the semester, make a deposit...”

General Information

Your UB Card is your official University at Buffalo ID and is used across campus: Getting into your residence hall, working out at the gym, and attending campus events are all made easy with this multi-purpose card.

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Key Uses

  • Meal Plans
  • Dining Dollars
  • Campus Cash
  • Door Access
  • UB IT Access
  • Library access, online and in person
  • Access to athletic facilities
  • Access to sporting events
  • Student Identification
  • Campus Transportation/UB Stampede


You will be eligible for a UB Card once you are registered for class. New freshmen or transfer students obtain their UB Cards at their orientation session. All other undergraduate and summer-only students may obtain their UB Cards at the UB Card Office during regular business hours. Your UB Card is valid while you are a registered student. If you leave UB and return at a later date, that card will become valid again. It is a valuable resource for any time you spend at UB. All registered students must have a UB Card and carry it with them at all times.

Your UB Card is Non-Transferable, it can ONLY be used by the person named on the card. If your card is being used by any other person it will be confiscated. The fee to replace a confiscated card is $25, and is non-negotiable.

Online Students

The UB Card Office is pleased to share with you the recent development of a UB Card made just for our Online Students. We have worked with the Graduate School of Education to produce a non-photo UB Card that we can provide to our online participants. The card contains most of the elements of a traditional UB Card.

The cost of the card is $23.50, which will be charged to your University Account and your UB Card will be mailed directly to you.

Each request will be confirmed by verifying course registration records. This card is not meant to be a substitute for a traditional UB Card; it is intended to verify that you are a member of the extended University Community. If in the future you come to campus to continue your studies or research then you must obtain the traditional photo UB Card. You will be able to exchange this card towards the purchase of a traditional UB Card.

To apply for an Online Program Official UB Card, please fill out this application.

Card Fees


Initial Card / Replace lost or stolen card / New photo when card shows minor signs of abuse.


New photo when card shows no sign of abuse / New photo when changing official UB status (name or status) / Reprint when card shows minor signs of abuse.

No Charge

Reprint when card shows no signs of abuse / Reprint when changing official UB status (name or status).


Reprint a confiscated card.

UB Card Office

The UB Card Office issues all UB Cards. You can visit the UB Card Office online to take care of many important UB Card activities such as reporting a lost card, or adding money to your Campus Cash or Dining Dollars accounts. The UB Card Office has two locations on campus. Hours of operation are available on our Locations page.

North Campus
Capen Hall
(716) 645-6344
South Campus
Diefendorf Hall
(716) 829-3682

School of Dental Medicine

For faculty, staff, and students of the School of Dental Medicine that need to use the SunRay lab terminals, please contact the UB Card office to obtain your first card or replacement card. The new smart cards are a new program and additional information is needed.

Card Policies

For more detailed information, see the UB Card Policies

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Student Advantage

Add Student Advantage to your UB Card for only $45 for four years of discounts!

Save Online & In-Store:

Here is a small sample of some current discounts:
Save 10% on Rail Fares
Save 20% on Bus Fares
Save 10% on Purchases of $50 or More
Save up to 25% on Online Purchases
Save an Additional 10% Plus Free Shipping
Save an additional 10% OFF any ticket

Already Received Your UB Student Advantage Card?

Don't forget to activate your card. The security code is '717' for all UB Cards.

Make sure to bookmark to find all the places your card is accepted for discounts nationally and around University of Buffalo.

In order to sign up for Student Advantage, you must visit a UB Card Office location.

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