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Using your card

The uOttawa card provides students with safe, convenient access to their money. The uOttawa card combines many cards into one.

The uOttawa card combines many cards into one. The card is your: 

  • Official University of Ottawa student ID 

  • Pass to get into uOttawa fitness centres and gyms  

  • Library card to borrow materials and to print documents  

  • Building pass to gain access to buildings, labs, and classrooms 

  • Payment card for meal plan food at the Dining Hall 

  • Payment card for campus printing services and for laundry machines in residences 

  • Debit card to purchase items on campus and from our off-campus partners 

Students who have the Pay-as-you-go plan only have dining $, with no funds set aside for the Dining Hall. However, they can use their Dining $ account to pay the door rate at the Dining Hall, thereby saving the 13% tax.

Students who purchased a 5 day or 7 day meal plan also have a Dining Dollar account, allowing them to save the 13% tax on food prepared on campus at over 20 campus locations.

Add funds to your card and use it wherever the uOttawa card is accepted, including at our off-campus food partners, to pay for books, printing, photocopying, late fees, meals, and more! You can transfer your Flex Dollars from one academic year to the next for up to six years after leaving the University of Ottawa.

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Campus Store 

Make all your Campus Store purchases a breeze. 

Use your Flex Dollars to pay and avoid the lineup during peak periods in January and September. 

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Exams and the Health Clinic 

Use your uOttawa Card as ID to prove your identity and your student status. 

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Sports facilities

Scan your card to enter sports facilities. 

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Printers, photocopiers and the DocUcentre 

Pay at the printing and photocopying kiosks on campus, and make purchases at the DocUcentre

Avoid the lineup by using your Flex Dollars at the University Centre counter during peak periods in January and September. 

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Vending machines 

Tap your uOttawa Card on the reader and choose your item. 

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Library 

Use your uOttawa card to borrow books and to get into the library outside of regular hours.  

Did you know that you can use your uOttawa card to borrow materials from affiliated libraries (Saint Paul University and Carleton University)? 

Late to return something? Use Flex Dollars to pay your late fees at Morisset, Fauteux, and Roger Guindon libraries. 

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Laundry 

Use your uOttawa Card to use the laundry machines in residence: 

  • 90 University 

  • Hyman Soloway 

  • Leblanc 

  • Marchand 

  • Stanton 

  • Thompson 

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Off-campus partners

 Use your uOttawa card as a debit card for purchases from our off-campus partners

  • Food Frenz 

  • 3 Brothers Shawarma and Poutine (Osgoode Street) 

  • Gabriel Pizza (Rideau Street) 

  • Osmow’s 

Use your uOttawa card to get discounts. Several businesses and restaurants offer discounts when you show this proof of enrolment. Don’t know whether a business offers discounts? Ask around and always bring your student card.