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As soon as you start studying at Leiden University you should request a LU-Card. A LU-Card is not proof of student registration but is nevertheless a very important card.

Your LU-Card serves as your:

  • Leiden University ID card
  • University library card
  • Print and copy card
  • Access pass for buildings and areas
  • Access pass for car parks
  • Access pass for the Hortus Botanicus

Your LU-Card is not proof of student registration but is nevertheless very important. In the future the university plans to expand the scope of the LU-Card by, for example, requiring student to show their LU-Card prior to taking exams. It is therefore essential that you request your LU-Card as soon as you start studying at Leiden University. 

Requesting a LU-Card

The first step in requesting your LU-Card is uploading a passport photo. Make sure your photo meets standard passport photo requirements. You can also opt to have your passport photo taken at the Student Affairs Front Office. Within 5 to 10 days of uploading your photo you will receive your LU-Card at the address you provided in Studielink or on your student registration form. Students with a non-Dutch address can collect their LU-Card from the Student Affairs Front Office. You will receive an email when your card is ready for collection. You can also request that your LU-card be forwarded to the Front Office in The Hague so you can collect it there. HOVO students (university of the third age) can request a LU-Card at the LU-Card helpdesk in the central university library.

After receiving your LU-Card it first needs to be activated at a LU-Card helpdesk. Remember to take along valid ID!


  • You’ll find the answers to most LU-Card-related questions in the FAQ.
  • For personal assistance, visit one of the LU-Card helpdesks. They can help you with questions and problems, take your photograph and activate or block your LU-Card right away.
  • You can also contact the central helpdesk via 071 - 527 2727 or lu-card@leidenuniv.nl. (Please remember to state your account name.)


Keep your OV-chip card & LU-card separate

If you mistakenly hold your LU-card and OV-card (travel pass) against a card reader at the same time problems can occur. Always keep your LU-card and OV-card separate and never hold them against a card reader together.

Loss or theft

If your LU-card is stolen or becomes lost please contact the Student Affairs Front Office.

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