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UniCard services

paying for things on campus

 How to:  set up  your UniCard account,

add credit and manage your account.


​You can use your UniCard to pay for most things on campus, so that you don't need to carry cash.

You must first add credit to your UniCard account. You can do this with our secure online service, using a credit or debit card.

Please note - the UniCard online payment systems are being upgraded during the week September 10th-16th. It will not be possible to pay for items using your UniCard during this period.

 Your Online Account can be used to pay for:

  • Print/copy/scan and advanced Printing services (Reprographics),
  • Library fines,
  • IT vending and buying computers,
  • Sport Brighton facilities​


Your Online Account is also used to fund your UniCard Purse.
Funds are transferred from your Online Account to your Purse.
Your UniCard Purse can be used to pay for food and items at :unicard-purse.png
  • university cafes and restaurants
  • Student Union cafes and shops


Before you can pay things on campus, you must follow the steps below to

  1. Add credit to your UniCard Online Account and then
  2. Setup your UniCard Purse.

 STEP ONE: Add credit to your Online Account


Make sure no-one can see you enter your personal details

  1. Select the link to Manage your UniCard Account
  2. Login with your university username and password
  3. Click the link to Top-up My Account and follow the instructions.

You can now use your UniCard to pay for printing, IT vending and computers, library fines and Sport Brighton facilities. You can also set up your UniCard Purse.


 STEP TWO: Set up your UniCard Purse - Not necessary after September 17th


This step won't be necessary after 17th September when the new upgraded services are launched.

Make sure you have added funds to your Online Account as these will be used to add credit to your UniCard Purse.

  1. Insert your UniCard into a Metro Service terminal, found inside libraries and university restaurants
  2. Press the Issue Card button
  3. Confirm your name and press button to Return card

You can now use your UniCard to purchase food and items at university cafes and restaurants and Student Union cafes and shops.


 Managing your UniCard account


​You can add credit to your UniCard Online Account any time you like by going to and clicking on Manage your Account (or go straight to your  UniCard Account)

If you have added funds to your Online Account and set up your UniCard purse as described in steps one and two above, then:

  • The first time you use your UniCard to buy food or drink on campus, up to £10 will be transferred from your Online Account to your UniCard Purse.
  • Whenever your UniCard Purse drops below £5, it will automatically be topped-up to a balance of £10, using funds in your Online Account.
  • You can stop this happening, by visiting a Metro Service Terminal. Insert your card and select the button ‘Change Settings’ and follow the instructions. Still confused? Watch the animation on UniCard funds below.

More ways to manage your account at UniCard Online

  • My Account  will show you:

Credit in Account - this is how much in in your Online Account fund and

Credit on UniCard -  this how much is in your UniCard Purse fund.

  • Account history displays a detailed list of your UniCard transactions
  • Pay library fines does what is says!


 UniCard funds animation:


Don't forget to set-up your UniCard to
access buildings and rooms



 Terms, conditions and policies


The University recommends that whenever you use a credit card to top up your UniCard account you should use your own personal computer or laptop, in the privacy of your own home. If you choose to use a computer within the university network, you do so at your own risk and you must ensure that your personal details are kept secure, that you are not overlooked and you ensure you log off when finished. 


See also


Find out about other UniCard services here.

Page owner: Jill Shacklock