COVID-19 Update

The WatCard office remains closed to in person visits, however WatCard staff are still processing requests and maintaining services. Please visit our website for program information and forms, or contact us directly. Connect with us by email, or live chat so we can assist you. WatCard requests, meal plan changes, refunds and other services are available upon request.

Student WatCard

Apply for your WatCard

This page is only for new undergraduate and graduate students who have never had a WatCard before. If you have had a WatCard previously please refer to the replacement card page for more details.

Application available starting July 15, 2020

Easy 3 step process:

  1. Before applying, update your preferred/chosen name on WatIAM
  2. Complete the application and upload your photo
  3. Follow instructions for WatCard pickup

Before starting your application

Ensure that your chosen/preferred name is correct in WatIAM. This is important, as your chosen/preferred name is used throughout systems at Waterloo and will be printed on your WatCard. This is a required step, even if your legal name is your preferred name. It can take up to 48 hours for preferred name changes to reach all systems, including WatCard.


Select the one that describes how you will be learning for fall 2020 term