Information for

Your WatCard

About the WatCard

Your WatCard is the most important piece of identification you'll have as a student at Waterloo. You'll use it to

  • purchase food
  • make photocopies
  • sign out library books
  • access gym facilities
  • qualify for student discounts
  • identify yourself during exams
  • gain entrance to on-campus bars
  • pay for food and services off campus
  • and more

You'll also need to know your 8-digit Waterloo ID number – which is encoded on your WatCard and is sometimes called your WatCard or student ID number – throughout your time at Waterloo. Chances are you'll soon have it memorized!

Getting your WatCard

To pick up your WatCard,

  • visit the WatCard Office* in person
  • bring a Waterloo document (e.g., your Offer of Admission) which lists your Waterloo ID number
  • bring a valid piece of government-issued photo ID

*The WatCard Office is located on the lower level of the Student Life Centre (SLC). See a campus map.

Your WatCard photo

You have 2 options for your WatCard photo: have your photo taken when you pick up your card or send your own photo in advance.