Retiree's Card

How to apply for a card

If you are in receipt of a University Pension* you are eligible for a Retiree's card. In order to obtain one you must do the following:

  1. Download and print off the Retiree’s application form from the documents section on this page.
  2. Decide which card suits you the best – A, B, C, D, or E.
  3. Fill out the form in block letters and attach a recent photograph.
  4. If you:

a) tick box A or B,  send your completed form direct to:

University Card Office, Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG

b) tick box C or D, return the completed form to your college or department administrator for authorisation, who will forward the form to the University Card Office.

c) tick box E, you will need to return the completed form to your college and then arrange to pick up the form and forward to your departmental administrator, who will forward the form to the University Card Office.

  1. In all cases pay your £10 fee by going to the on-line store and choose the ‘Retiree’s Card option’ (if this payment method causes difficulties, please contact the Card Office on 01865 286215 or university.card@ox.ac.uk). Please note from 1 August 2016, the fee for applying for a Retiree Card will increase from £10 to £15.

Once the Card Office receives your form, verifies your status with Pensions, and matches it up with your payment, your card will be issued. For any replacement cards, you must repeat the above process.

Deciding which card to apply for

Choose Retiree Card (A) without affiliations if you want a card to visit the Botanic Gardens, meet your friends at the University Club, swim in the University pool, walk-in access to the Bodleian Libraries, etc. but don’t need an email address. This requires NO college/department authorisation. The card will be sent to you directly.

Choose Retiree Card (B) without affiliations if you want a card to visit the Botanic Gardens, meet your friends at the University Club, swim in the University pool, access the Bodleian Libraries, and would like an @retired email address. This requires NO college/department authorisation. The card will be sent to you directly.

Choose Retiree Card (C) or (E) with college and/or departmental affiliation if your college and/or department would like you to retain a college and/or departmental email address (All of the other benefits are attached to this card as well and it includes full access to the IT Services Help Centre and the Bodleian Libraries). This must be supported by the college and/or department and requires appropriate authorisation. If authorisation is not given you may still apply for Card A or B. In the case of (C) the card will be sent to your college for collection. In the case of (D) or (E) the card will be sent to your department for collection.

Accessing a @retired email address

Choose Retiree Card (B) to access a @retired email account. This should be a seamless transition from your previous email address as long as your email account has not previously expired. Your Single Sign On and passwords will remain the same. The IT Services Help Centre will provide direct support for your email account.

Note that your email account will be shut down if it is not used within six months of being set-up or if inactive for a period of more than six months. IT Services can provide guidance on how to re-activate an account that has been shut down.

*Includes OSPS, USS, SAUL, NHS Pension Scheme or exceptionally other pension scheme if this has been agreed under a TUPE agreement and in any case where the person has held a University post.