Get ready for your i‑card!

Learn what's required to obtain any i‑card: read How to get an i‑card.
Discover your i‑card photo options: read Urbana i‑card photo submission.

Card services at Urbana


You can bank with your i‑card if you open a PNC Bank Virtual Wallet Student account and link your student i‑card to it. A linked i‑card works as a debit card whenever you enter your PIN for purchases.

Bus service

Students and employees with i‑cards have free access to all Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District routes and services. Just show your current i‑card to the driver when you board.

Campus debit (Illini Cash)

Carry your i‑card and carry less cash! You can spend Illini Cash at dining halls, Illini Union retailers, Campus Recreation locations and Computer Centers, and many campus vending machines. Numerous shops on campus and select locations in town also accept Illini Cash.

Check-in for appointments

McKinley Health Center and other campus units expect students to check in for services with their i‑card. An i‑card is not proof of medical insurance.


Having an i‑card can save you money on tickets and other purchases, such as:

  • Athletics. Full-time students who present a valid i‑card may purchase discounted tickets for or get in free to some Athletics events.
  • Performing arts. Students who have paid the Krannert fee may buy reduced-cost tickets to Krannert Center performances.
  • Shopping and services. i‑card Perks are exclusive, local discounts available only to i‑card holders.

Door access

Many doors on campus can be unlocked and opened with ID cards, mobile devices, and other tokens. When you swipe or scan your token, units verify your current status and eligibility for their service. ID Centers and i‑card Programs do not authorize or control door access. Instead, individual door access managers assign device-based access for the building(s) they oversee.

Door access is provided only to those who both need and qualify for it. For example, students and staff who live or work in university residence halls are assigned access to the appropriate door(s) in their hall by a Housing door access manager.

Library resources

University libraries grant borrowing privileges to most students, employees, and retirees, which they access with a valid i‑card. Visitors and other affiliates with IDs may also have privileges.

Meal plans

University Housing offers meal plan options to all students and staff, linked to their i‑cards.


Students assessed the Student Service Fee may use Campus Recreation facilities when they present their valid i‑card. Employees and retirees with memberships present their i‑cards too. Visitors and other affiliate members use their Visitor IDs.