Hannah Stewart, Purdue University Student and Peer Counselor
What is your Purdue ID good for? It’s a student’s personal identification number. It’s how you get into your residence hall, it’s your meal ticket if you have a meal plan, it’s your verification when turning in an exam, it’s verification for offices and require it to see your student account information, and it’s how you ride the bus for free. Not to be dramatic, but you cannot LIVE without your Purdue ID!! Although memorizing the number is highly recommended, there are other reasons to carry around the card with you.
Housing: If you live in the residence halls, this is how you swipe into your building, and potentially even the wing you live on.
Meal Plan: If you have a meal plan, this is how you swipe into the dining courts. Each swipe counts as a meal. Some dining courts offer meals, like steak, which are called a “double swipe”. Double swipe meals count as two MEALS, so be careful how often you partake! On-the-Go! uses swipes in a similar fashion. On-the-GO! is your carry-out option for dining. Located adjacent to Earhart, Ford and Windsor Dining Courts, On-the-GO! provides a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, salads and snack items. Signs are posted in the On-the-Go! locations stating much each item is worth. You add up all the items until it totals one meal swipe.
Dining Dollars: Dining Dollars are additional meal swipes on top of the meal plan that can be used. These are used more for eating out or in the mini marts around campus. Cary Knight Spot and Harrison Grillé are restaurants on campus that accept student’s Dining Dollars. Restaurants in the Union also accept Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars can purchase other items besides food though. Mini marts also accept Dining Dollars, and while they have food items, school supplies, shampoo, etc. It’s similar to a small convenience store.
Boiler Express: Boiler Express is like a pre-paid debit card. Please note: Boiler Express must be set up separately, I repeat Boiler Express is separate and your refund does not automatically go into a Boiler Express Card. Boiler Express can be used at the same places as Dining Dollars. It can also be used in the laundry facilities. Each residence hall has a laundry room and you can swipe your Purdue ID to use your Boiler Express funds instead of quarters. They do offer a discounted price if you use Boiler Express instead of quarters! Click here, for more information regarding this program.
Discounts and Freebies: You can ride the bus for free with your Purdue ID card. Did you also know that many places offer discounts to students? You never know, flashing your Purdue ID might give you the unexpected, but oh-so coveted discount. Also, many Purdue-sponsored functions (Convocations, Union activities, sporting events, or even resident hall activities) often offer discounts to students which is a good reason to keep your ID on you to verify that you are a student.