BFH card

Students and staff of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH receive a BFHcard. The BFHcard is a student and staff ID card and features a wide range of useful additional functions. The card in credit-card format is handed to BFH employees in person. Students receive the card on commencement of their studies.

Functions

The BFHcard is a multifunctional card that can be used for a wide range of applications. It should be borne in mind that different functions are available depending on the location.

Students and staff can use the BFHcard as an ID card and to benefit from special offers.

The BFHcard can be used as library ID in the BFH libraries and the Swiss library network (e.g. Nebis and libraries within the IDS Basel Bern library network). You need to have a user account to borrow, order and reserve books. You can open a user account online by registering through one of the library catalogues (registration forms: NEBIS, for HKB Music Library and the multi-media sports library: IDS Basel Bern) or on site. Registration is free in all libraries. To activate your account and scan your BFHcard for use as library ID, please contact your library directly. Any loss of your BFHcard should be reported to the library separately.

Once it has been loaded with cash, the BFHcard can be employed as a means of cashless payment for goods and services at designated devices. It is currently not yet possible to use the card to pay in canteens or purchase items from snack machines; this will be introduced gradually on a location-by-location basis. The BFHcard can be used to make printouts and copies at public multi-function devices. Rates:

Format Rates (CHF)
A4 b/w single-sided 0.12
A4 b/w double-sided 0.20
A4 colour one-sided 0.30
A4 coulour double-sided 0.56
A3 b/w single-sided 0.20
A3 b/w double-sided 0.36
A3 colour one-sided 0.50
A3 colour double-sided 0.96

Scanning jobs are free.

The BFHcard grants out-of-hours access to BFH buildings, premises and parking areas with electronic access control. Access is determined by the holder’s personal authorisations.

Use

All students registered at the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH receive an ID card in the form of a BFHcard. For lecturers and employees, the BFHcard serves as an employee ID card. The BFHcard contains a chip that allows a range of additional functions. The card is handed to BFH employees in person. Students receive the card on commencement of their studies.

With the first use of the BFHcard, the cardholder accepts the terms and conditions of use which he/she received together with the card.

No particularly sensitive personal data under the terms of Article 3 of the Cantonal Data Protection Act of 19 February 1986 (KDSG; BSG 152.04) is stored on the card chip or in the BFHcard system. The card number saved on the card is the only means of identifying the card and its holder.

The cardholder must activate the BFHcard at a validation machine before use.

Students receive a BFHcard, which is valid until the date shown on the card. This card must be validated each semester. 
Lecturers and employees are not required to validate the BFHcard regularly. The card remains valid until the end of the period of employment.

For the BFHcard to be used as a means of payment, cardholders must top it up with credit (min. CHF 10.– / max. CHF 500.–) at a charging station.

The first card is free. Having the card blocked or reactivated is likewise free of charge. In the event of loss, theft or damage to a card as a result of improper use, a fee of CHF 30.– will be charged for the issuing of a replacement card.

If the card is lost, the cardholder is obliged to block it immediately online. Access to the cardholder’s personal user account shall be possible following authentication with the BFH username and password. Once it has been blocked, all of the card’s chip functions will be deactivated immediately.

After blocking of a lost card or notification of a defective card, a new card must be ordered from the relevant support office. If the defective/lost card has remaining credit, this will automatically be transferred to the replacement card. A replacement card is usually issued within 48 hours.

Further information can be found in the terms and conditions of use.

Machines

You can validate or charge your BFHcard at the stations.

Departement/Division Location Description
BFH-AHB Biel, Solothurnstr. 102

Building C, main entrance

BFH Health Bern, Schwarztorstr. 48

Ground floor, foyer

BFH-HKB Bern, Fellerstr. 11

Ground floor east entrance

BFH-HKB Bern, Ostermundigenstr. 103 Ground floor
BFH-HKB Bern, Papiermühlestr. 13a

Lobby

BFH-HKB Theatre Bern, Zikadenweg 35

Building C, second floor

BFH Social Work Bern, Hallerstr. 10

Lower ground floor, canteen HalleR

BFH-HAFL Zollikofen, Längasse 85 Ground floor, annexe main entrance
BFH-TI Biel, Quellgasse 21

Main building, main entrance

BFH-TI Burgdorf, Jilcoweg 1

Entrance to canteen

BFH-TI Bern, Wankdorffeldstr. 102

1st floor

BFH-TI
BFH-AHB
Burgdorf, Pestalozzistr. 20

Building B, entrance

BFH Wirtschaft Bern, Brückenstr. 73

In front of the library

Departement/Division Location Description

BFH-AHB

Biel, Solothurnstr. 102

Building A, lobby

BFH-HAFL

Zollikofen, Länggasse 85

Ground floor, right

BFH-HKB

Bern, Fellerstr. 11

Steps to 1st floor

BFH-HKB

Bern, Papiermühlestr. 13a

Lobby

BFH-HKB

Bern, Zikadenweg 35

Building C, 3rd floor

BFH Gesundheit

Bern, Schwarztorstr. 48

Ground floor

BFH Gesundheit

Bern, Murtenstrasse 10 Lobby

BFH Soziale Arbeit

Bern, Hallerstr. 10

Lower ground floor, canteen HalleR

BFH-TI

Biel, Quellgasse 21

Main building, 3rd floor

BFH-TI

Biel (Rolex), Höhenweg 80

N200 behind the canteen

BFH-TI

Burgdorf, Jlcoweg 1

Entrance to canteen

BFH-TI

Bern, Wankdorffeldstr. 102

1st floor

BFH-TI
BFH-AHB

Burgdorf, Pestalozzistr. 20

Building B, entrance

BFH Wirtschaft

Bern, Brückenstr. 20

In front of the library

Layout

The layout of the BFHCard is the same for all BFH associates, but the information printed on front and back of the card differs:

  • First name, surname, photo
  • Date of birth (only students)  
  • Period of validity (only students)
  • Course of study (only students)
  • Department/division (only staff)
  • Category name
  • Card number
  • Nebiscode/barcode

FAQ

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the BFHcard.

If the card is lost, the cardholder is obliged to block it immediately online. Access to the cardholder’s personal user account shall be possible following authentication with the BFH username and password. Once it has been blocked, all of the card’s chip functions will be deactivated immediately. Any credit remaining on the lost card is transferred to the new card. If you use your BFHcard as a library ID card, please remember to inform your library if you lose your card.

Yes, the responsible support office can reactivate a blocked card. This requires that the cardholder takes his/her BFHcard along to the responsible support office in person.

Defective cards must be returned to the responsible support office. On weekdays the card will generally be replaced within 48 hours. The credit balance will be transferred to the new card. If the defect clearly hasn't been caused by the cardholder, a replacement card is issued free of charge.

When a card is validated, depending on the user category, different data are printed onto the rewriteable (TRW) foil at the lower edge of the card (for example, department, division, course of study, period of validity, etc.). Validation is carried out at validation machines, which are generally located in the building foyer.

Students: the period of validity is limited to the current semester. The card needs to be revalidated at the start of each semester.
Lecturers/employees: the card remains valid until the end of the period of employment.

Students can keep their card when they have completed their studies. Lecturers and staff must hand in the BFHcard when they leave. Any remaining credit balance may be reclaimed within 30 days of graduation or termination of the employment relationship at the designated locations.

The BFHcard must be treated like cash and kept in a safe place. Any person in possession of a BFHcard is authorised to use the card's functions. Risks associated with misuse or loss of a card shall be borne exclusively by the cardholder. The BFH accepts no liability for loss or damage arising from misuse.

Support

Various support centres are available for staff/lecturers and students:

Further education students

Please apply to the relevant secretariat.

The support office is available to assist you in the following matte

  • Reactivating a blocked card
  • Correcting errors in the information contained in the validation strip
  • Read errors at designated terminals
  • Clarifying the account balance on a card (list of transactions performed)
Departement/Division Location

Engineering + Information Technology

Biel, Quellgasse 21, room OU02

Engineering + Information Technology

Bern, Wankdorffeldstr. 102, Reception

Engineering + Information Technology

Burgdorf, Pestalozzistrasse 20, room B052

Architecture, Wood + Civil Engineering

Burgdorf, Pestalozzistrasse 20, room B052

Architecture, Wood + Civil Engineering

Biel, Solothurnstrasse 102, room C08

Business

Bern, Brückenstrasse 73, Secretariat

Health

Bern, Murtenstrasse 10, Facility Manager's office

Social Work

Bern, Hallerstrasse 10, Reception

Bern University of the Arts

Bern, Fellerstrasse 11, Ground floor, room 137

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Zollikofen, Länggasse 85, Bauten + Technik

Services

Bern, Falkenplatz 24, Reception