Hi, I’m Ariane and back when I was a student this was my student card. Hey there, I’m Marilyn and this was my student card. Since all the way back to 1848 the University of Ottawa has issued countless student cards. From cards printed on paper to photos taken with a Polaroid. Cards have come a long way. Even both of our cards have changed from when we were students. I don’t think you’d be impressed if your picture was taken with one of those. Hey! Listen! Back then, these were the bomb! Anyways, so if you’ve decided to attend the University of Ottawa, it’s a vibrant campus and we’re sure you’ll love it here. Ariane and I are here to tell you everything you need to know about your uOttawa card. The uOttawa card is your official University of Ottawa ID card. It’s not only used to identify you as a student, but it’s also used for campus purchases as well as giving you access to a variety of services. You should always have it with you, and make sure you don’t lose it. So the first thing you need to do is to get your uOttawa card. Getting your card is pretty simple. Once you’ve registered for your classes, you are able to request your card online by submitting your photo and signature or presenting yourself at InfoService. Submitting your photo online is your best option. Why is that? Come on, have you ever taken a good ID picture in person? Good point. When you submit your photo online you actually get to pick a photo you like. Once your card is ready, you will receive an email telling you where and when to pick it up. Your uOttawa card has two accounts: a meal plan account and flex plan account. Your flex plan account enables you to make all sorts of transactions on campus and your flex dollars are accepted anywhere your uOttawa card is accepted. All uOttawa cards have a meal plan account; they are only activated if you purchase one. There are four different meal plans to choose from. Meal plan number one is for one semester only, while meal plan number two, three and four are for the full academic year. You can purchase your meal plan as early as July 1st. Purchasing it online is the easiest way. To use your card you will need to first preload funds onto it. There’s four ways you can add funds onto your uOttawa card. You can add funds online 24/7. The uOttawa card website is on the back of your student card; all you need is your student ID and uoZone password. You can use Visa, MasterCard and Interac online. You can also drop by at the uOttawa Card Service situated in University Center, room 106. You can also use any of the cash-to-card loaders on campus. If you are a first time user, make sure you read and follow the color coded instructions. The loaders don’t give out any change. So those are the ways you can add funds onto your uOttawa card. Wait, didn’t you say there were four ways? Oh yeah, so the fourth way is by calling or texting Mom or Dad and asking them for more money. Right because parents can also add funds via the uOttawa card website. They would only need your student number and your last name. Parents are able to add funds but not see your account balance. Once you have your uOttawa card and funds are loaded onto it, it’s ready to use. Simply tap it at the reader and you are done. The uOttawa card is accepted at over 150 locations across campus. So you can practically buy anything with your uOttawa card. You can, except for alcohol, cigarettes, lottery products and prepaid gift cards. One of the cool benefits of your uOttawa card is the express payment line, the uOttawa Bookstore, the food court and docUcentre are good examples. You also don’t need to carry cash because your uOttawa card can be used instead. By the looks of it the new uOttawa card does a lot more than what my old card use to do. Yeah it does, it provides a way to make quick payments on campus, you don’t have to carry as much cash around, your funds are secure and you have access to your balance 24/7. And if your parents love you enough, they’ll send you money from the comfort of their own home. And I hear there are tones of contests, like double your flex! Well there you have it all you need to know about your uOttawa card. To find out more check out the uOttawa card webpage.