The ESNcard

The ESNcard is the membership card of ESN which means that you can access to all the services offered by the ESN and our partners.

With the ESNcard, you will enjoy thousands of discounts (housing, sport, food, bars, etc.) all over Europe. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to participate in thousands of events (trips, cultural events, sports activities and parties) all year long.

The aim of the ESNcard is to support and give opportunities to international students during and after their exchange.

Who uses the ESNcard?

The ESNcard is used by over 160.000 people per year in 40 countries, and the numbers are growing every year.

You can get the ESNcard, if you belong to one of the following groups:

  • Erasmus+ students;
  • Erasmus+ trainees;
  • Erasmus+ International incoming students;
  • International incoming students or trainees on a mobility programme, outside of Erasmus+;
  • International undergraduate or postgraduate full degree students;
  • EVS volunteers;
  • Volunteers:
  • ESNers: either active on Local, National or International level. They are all members of a section;
  • Alumni: contact your ESN section and see if you are entitled to receive an ESNcard (this depends on the statutes of each ESN section);
  • Buddies: if there is an ESN section in your city, and you are part of a buddy programme, contact the local ESN section and see if you are entitled to receive an ESNcard (this depends on the statutes of each ESN section). If you are not entitled, you can always become an ESNer.

How can you get the ESNcard?

The ESNcard is distributed in almost all the countries where ESN is present by the ESN sections, which are non-profit student organisations.

The ESNcard can be obtained exclusively from your local ESN section in your destination city. If you are an ESNer, an Alumnus, or a Buddy and you are not in mobility, you can obtain your ESNcard from the local ESN section as long as you are volunteering for the organisation.

The ESNcard costs 15 euros and you will need a small colored ID photo to put on it.

How can you activate your ESNcard?

On the main page of, you should activate ESNcard to get most of it. Here you choose about what opportunities you want to be informed about by email and which ones you want to just see online after logging in to your account.

ESNcard design

All the ESNcards look the same on the front. The ESNcard was redesigned in 2015 and only those cards with the design below are valid for registration and grant access to all the advantages showcased in this platform.