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Get Your Card

Important notice: Consistent with the winter semester, all exterior campus building doors will be locked during the spring/summer semesters and will require a OneCard to gain access to the interiors of campus buildings.

Students planning to come to campus during the spring or summer semesters who do not have a OneCard should apply for and pick-up their OneCard to avoid disruptions to their ability to access campus buildings.

Learn how to get a Student OneCard.

How to apply for and pick up your card

To apply for a card, start by choosing the section below that suits you.

New undergraduate, graduate or Continuing Education (Chang) students who have never had a OneCard before are encouraged to apply for their card online and pick it up as soon as possible as your OneCard is required to gain entry to campus buildings.

Second year students who have applied for their OneCard but have not received it due to COVID-19 restrictions to campus are not required to complete another application.

Apply online for your student OneCard

Step 1: Apply online

First year students to Ryerson University, be they new undergraduate, graduate, Chang School of Continuing Education, Faculty of Law and Law Practice Program (LPP), Ryerson University International College (RUIC), collaborative George Brown College Early Childhood Education and collaborative York University Communication and Culture students must apply online for their OneCard. We encourage you to apply for your card as early as possible to avoid delays in receiving your card.

Learn about the requirements to apply and submit your application.

Step 2: Gather the appropriate documents

Within 3-5 days of your submission, after your application is reviewed and if it has been approved, you will receive an approval confirmation by email.

Once you receive this email, gather the appropriate accepted documents and your 9-digit Ryerson student number.

If your application is rejected for any reason (i.e., an unsuitable photo), you will receive an email and will be asked to resubmit your application.

Step 3: Pick-up your OneCard

Once you’ve received confirmation that your OneCard application has been approved, you may pick-up your OneCard from the OneCard Office during the following dates and times:

May 9, 2022 to June 30, 2022
Date: Hours: Location:
Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. JOR-02
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. JOR-02
July 5, 2022 to August 27, 2022
Date: Hours: Location:
Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. JOR-02
Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. JOR-02
August 29, 2022 to September 16, 2022
Date: Hours: Location:
Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kerr Hall West (KHW) Lower Gym
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kerr Hall West (KHW) Lower Gym
Accessing the OneCard Office

To access JOR-02, please approach the Library Building entrance on Nelson Mandela Walk and press the intercom to be connected to staff from Community Safety and Security. Inform them that you are here to pick-up your student OneCard and you will be buzzed in. Please be advised that all community members are required to wear a mask when entering campus buildings.

When you arrive at the OneCard Office, please join the queue outside the door and maintain physical distancing between yourself and other students where possible. While no longer required, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while indoors to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Once you are allowed to enter the OneCard Office, please approach the desk and provide OneCard staff with your full name and student number. A OneCard staff member will then provide you with your OneCard. You will be required to exit the office immediately upon receiving your OneCard.

To arrange to request and pick-up a replacement OneCard, please follow the steps outlined in steps 2 and 3 of the new undergraduate, graduate and Chang students section of this page.

While not mandatory for Chang School of Continuing Education (CE) students, CE students are encouraged to apply for their CE OneCard.

To be eligible for a CE OneCard you must be registered and enrolled for a course in the current semester.

Why get a CE OneCard

  • Your OneCard serves as official Ryerson student identification.
  • You may access resources through the library like borrowing books, equipment and more.
  • You can load money onto the card to easily purchase food while on campus, to make purchases at the Campus Store and to use photocopiers or printers.
  • Your OneCard is required to access exterior campus building doors.

Apply for your CE OneCard

Incoming Continuing Education students must apply for their OneCard online and submit a photo for their card. Please follow the instructions outlined in steps 1 to 3 of the new undergraduate, graduate and Chang students section of this page to receive your card.

First and second year students are eligible for a Toronto Metropolitan University/George Brown OneCard.

Apply for your Ryerson/George Brown College OneCard online

George Brown College Early Childhood Education students attending classes at Ryerson University must apply for their OneCard online and submit a photo by following steps 1 to 3 of the new undergraduate, graduate and Chang students section of this page. Once you have received confirmation that your OneCard application has been approved, you may pick-up your OneCard from the OneCard Office during regular business hours.

First and second year students are not eligible and are expected to use their student ID from their home institution.

Third year students are eligible to apply for a OneCard as a new Ryerson student. Please see steps 1 to 3 of the new undergraduate, graduate and Chang students section of this page for instructions for applying for and picking up your OneCard.

Toronto Metropolitan University International College (TMUIC) students will receive their OneCards following their first semester enrolment. Please follow steps 1 to 3 of the new undergraduate, graduate and Chang students section of this page for instructions for applying for and picking up your OneCard.

Learn more about the TMUIC program by visiting the Toronto Metropolitan University International College website, external link

Accommodations for students wearing face coverings

OneCard photos require your full face to be clearly visible in your photo as this is the university's official method of identification. However, in line with our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, we want to be able to accommodate community members who wear a religious head covering (e.g., a veil or niqab). Please contact the OneCard office to connect with a female staff member who can assist you through the process. Please see below for details.

The female staff member will require two photos (one with head covering and one without). The photo of you wearing your head covering will be used for your OneCard. If you are concerned about who will have access to your unveiled photo, please email onecard@ryerson.ca and we will arrange for you to submit a photo of yourself without your face covered to a female staff member.

Accommodations for trans students

If you are a student who is transitioning and would like to know more about this process, please visit the Transitioning at Ryerson website.

Because OneCard records are fed directly from the university's student records, we can only issue OneCards that match these records. Once your name change has been completed by Student Records staff, you can request a replacement OneCard. Please visit Replace Your Card.

Have you lost your OneCard?

If you have lost your OneCard, the first step is to report it to the OneCard Office as soon as possible. Visit the Replace Your Card page and follow the instructions.