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All students at Leiden University should have a university ID card, known as a LU-Card.

It is essential that you have a LU-Card as soon as you start studying. Your LU-Card serves as your:

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 students to show their LU-Card prior to taking exams. 

How to request a LU-Card

  • Log into Account Self Service using your student account (ULCN).
  • Go to 'My profile' and upload a passport photo. Make sure your photo meets standard passport photo requirements. 
  • Within 5 to 10 days you will receive your LU-Card at the Dutch address you provided in Studielink or on your student registration form.
  • If you have a non-Dutch address, you will receive an email once your LU-Card is ready. You can then request an appointment via the contact form to collect your LU-Card at the Student Affairs Front Office. Clearly state 'LU-Card collection' in your request. 

HOVO students can request a LU-Card at the University Library.

Activating your LU-Card

Before using your LU-Card you will first need to activate it at a LU-Card desk (see contact block on this page). Remember to bring along valid ID!


  • You’ll find the answers to most LU-Card-related questions in the FAQ.
  • You can also contact the LU-Card 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 lost, please contact the Student Affairs Front Office.

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