About DukeCard

The DukeCard is the official Duke University and Health System ID. It serves as an electronic key, allowing you to easily enter facilities and to use services for which you have privileges. Review the information below for more about what the DukeCard can do.  


As Duke's official ID card, the DukeCard is an identity tool for the safety and security of our campus. It should be in your possession at all times and presented upon request to any University official. The DukeCard is non-transferrable and may not be altered in any way. Currently enrolled students, employees and affiliated guests are eligible to obtain a DukeCard.


Duke University is committed to providing secure building access to students, staff, faculty, and authorized visitors. Please refer to the university’s Building and Facilities Access Policy to review the policy. You will tap or swipe your DukeCard for authorized access to residence halls, academic and administrative buildings, recreation facilities and events on campus.

Dining & Purchases

DukeCard is the key to your Flexible Spending Account (FLEX), DukeCard's pre-paid debit account. Faculty, staff and students automatically receive a FLEX account when their DukeCard is issued. Pre-paid, refundable DukeCard FLEX funds can be used at participating campus, medical center, and hospital dining facilities, stores and gift shops, and vending machines.  

Residence Halls

Duke student using an iPhone to enter a residence hall

Tap or swipe your DukeCard for authorized entry into your residence hall. Go to Housing & Residence Life for more information.


Duke student using an Apple Watch to pay at dining location

Your dining plan allows you to get food from dining facilities, convenience stores and vending machines on campus, and from off-campus vendors who deliver food to campus. See Duke Dining Services for information about dining facilities and plans.


Photo of a female student using her DukeCard to make a purchase at a Duke store.

The Flexible Spending Account, or FLEX, is DukeCard’s pre-paid debit account. FLEX virtually eliminates the need to carry cash on campus. Just swipe and go. It’s fast. It’s easy.


Photo of a male student checking out a book at the Library.

Current Duke University faculty, staff, and students may use their DukeCard to borrow materials with a swipe of the barcode on back of the DukeCard. See Duke University Libraries for more information.


Duke student showing how to use an iPhone with ePrint

ePrint allows users to print from computers and devices at hundreds of print stations across campus. More information is available at the Office of Information Technology's ePrint Service site.

Recreation Centers

This is a picture of a female student using her DukeCard to check in at the Rec Center

Eligible students and employees may purchase or renew a Recreation Center membership by visiting the DukeCard Office at 012 Telecom Building. Eligible employees can enroll online in the employee Recreation Center payroll deduction program or through the Live for Life program. More details are available on the Manage Your DukeCard page or by emailing the Recreation Center. Students typically pay for their recreation center membership through their Bursar bill.  Please contact the DukeCard Office if you have questions.

Building Access

Photo of a male student entering an academic building by swiping his DukeCard.

Duke students and employees have access to most campus academic and administrative buildings through the DukeCard Community Access Plan. Access may be granted on an individual basis for specialized spaces such as labs, data centers and areas where certification is required. 

Self-Service Locations

Photo of a male student adding funds to his DukeCard's Flex account at a self-service machine.

Self-service locations are a great way to add funds to your Flex account and check account balances.  

Laundry & Vending

Duke student showing how to use an iPhone at a vending machine

DukeCards may be used at vending, laundry and concessions outlets throughout campus. Information on laundry rooms and concession locations is available on the Duke Stores site.