Ara Institute Of Canterbury Student/Staff ID card

An Ara Student ID card gets you access to facilities on campus, and discounts across New Zealand.

Once you’ve fully enrolled, you can get an Ara ID card which is valid for the duration of your study. It has many benefits and allows you access to many things in and around the campus, including:

  • use of our Health Centre
  • use of the Library and Learning Services
  • afterhours access to the campus and 24 hour computing suites
  • use of the photocopiers

Obtaining your card

On your first day, take your student ID number to the security office and ask for a Student ID card. They will verify that you are enrolled, take your photo and provide you with your ID card. There is no cost for your ID card. 

At our City campus, the Security office is in the Rakaia Centre. They are open 8.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

If you’re at Woolston campus, go to the main desk in the Student Services building.

At the Timaru campus, you can get your card at Registry in A Block or staff can post it to you. 

Lost or stolen cards

If your card is lost or stolen it will be cancelled and a new card can be issued (replacement cards cost $20). First though, you need to report that it’s missing. If you’re based at the City campus, report it to Admissions in the Rakaia Centre. If you’re at the Woolston campus, report it at the Student Services Building. If you’re studying in Timaru, Oamaru or Ashburton, report it to Student Central or reception.

After-hours access

To be able to use the 24 hour computing suite, you need to get this added to your Student ID Card. Visit the security desk and advise them of the rooms that you need access to. Once they confirm what you need, they will add this to your ID card.

Credit your ID card for printing

You can add credit for printing onto your ID card in MyAra using ‘Print Balance’. Additionally, if you’re based at the Timaru, Oamaru or Ashburton campuses you can get credit added by visiting Student Central or reception.

  • No cost for a Student ID Card
  • Replacement cards cost $20
Entry requirements

A Student ID card will only be available to you once you have completed formal enrolment and paid your tuition fees.

Your Student ID card is valid for the year of your study although there are some restrictions to what you can access after your study has finished.

Cards are not transferable to anyone else.