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Get Your Card

Please note that in light of COVID-19, the OneCard application process for fall 2020 has been amended. Incoming students are required to apply for their OneCard online and submit a photo for their card. This page will be updated as more information regarding our plans for fall 2020 OneCard distribution becomes available.

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 and those planning to attend in the fall 2020 semester must apply for their card online beginning June 1, 2020.

Apply online starting June 1 to August 15, 2020

Step 1: Apply online

First year students to Ryerson, be they undergraduate or graduate students, full time or part time, G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education students, Faculty of Law students and Law Practice Program (LPP) candidates planning to attend school at Ryerson in the fall semester must apply online for their OneCard starting June 1.

Online applications are open June 1 to August 15, 2020. 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: Receiving your card

The OneCard Office is in the process of determining our plans for fall 2020 OneCard distribution. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

The OneCard Office is currently unable to print new or replacement OneCards for current Ryerson students. We are exploring options for processing new or replacement OneCard requests by current students for fall 2020 and will update this page as more information becomes available.

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

Getting by without a CE OneCard

Getting a OneCard is optional for Continuing Education students. If you choose not to get one, there are alternatives to access services on campus:

  • To verify your identity at exams, you may present government-issued photo ID instead of your OneCard. For more details, see the PDF fileRyerson University Final Examinations Policy, policy section 8 and procedures section 3. 
  • To access library resources, you may apply for a free library card.
  • To make purchases on campus, including at food outlets and at printers, you can purchase a CashCard. You may purchase these at PHIL Machines located across the campus or at the OneCard Office for $5 ($1 for the card with a minimum $4 load).
  • To purchase a discounted transit pass, visit the Student Campus Centre (55 Gould Street) with your Ryerson student number and a government-issued photo ID.

Apply for your CE OneCard

Incoming Continuing Education students must apply for their OneCard online and submit a photo for their card. This page will be updated as more information regarding our plans for fall 2020 CE OneCard distribution becomes available.

The OneCard Office is currently unable to print new or replacement CE OneCards for current Continuing Education students. We are currently exploring options for processing CE OneCard requests by current Continuing Education students and will update this page as more information becomes available.

First and second year students are eligible for a Ryerson/George Brown OneCard.

Apply for your Ryerson/George Brown College OneCard online

George Brown College Early Childhood Education students attending classes at Ryerson must apply for their OneCard online and submit a photo by following the instructions on George Brown’s Order a Combined Ryerson/George Brown College Student ID Card/OneCard, external link page.

You will receive instructions on how to receive your Ryerson/George Brown College OneCard when distribution methods are confirmed, or you may contact the George Brown Early Childhood Education Office at ece@georgebrown.ca or 416-415-5000 ext. 2310 if you have any questions or concerns.

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 above for instructions for new students.

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 Office of the Registrar (RO): Transitioning at Ryerson - FAQ.

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.