How to Use and Care for your Bison One Card

The Bison One Card is the official University ID card for students, faculty and staff; it must be carried while on any University campus.

Please review the sections below to learn where you can use and how to care for your Bison One Card.

Where Accounts Are Accepted

Name (click link for info) Type Campus Building Dining Dollars Bison Bucks Book Vouchers Online
Blackburn Cafe All you care to eat Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Bethune Annex Cafe All you care to eat Bethune Annex ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Halal Shack Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Cuisine Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
NuVegan Cafe Vegan Soul Food Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Restaurant @ Blackburn Sit Down Lunch Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Simply To Go @ Blackburn Convenience store Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Wow Cafe Cajun Cuisine Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Pandini's Italian Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Hilltop Burgers Burgers, Food Truck Food Truck ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Jazzmans Brew, Bakery Administration ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Market @ Blackburn Convenience store Blackburn ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Market @ Bethune Annex Convenience store Bethune Annex ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Market @ West Towers Convenience store West Towers ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Bison Brew Brew, Bakery Undergraduate Library ✔️ ✔️   Bite app
Bookstore @ Main Campus Books, Tech, Clothing Bookstore   ✔️ ✔️ Website
Bookstore @ West Campus Books Bookstore   ✔️ ✔️ Website
Campus Connection Printing, Mail, etc. Service Center   ✔️   Website
Beverage Vending Machines Pepsi, Water, Juice (by Pepsi) various buildings   ✔️    
Snack Vending Machines Snacks (by Canteen) various buildings   ✔️    
Grubhub Campus Convenient Online Ordering various locations   ✔️   Website

Use your Bison One Card

Door Access with your Card

Access University buildings, including Howard Residence Halls.  Access is only granted if you are assigned to that building and the specific door(s).

  • Administrative Buildings
    • Wonder Plaza
    • Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB)
  • Residence Halls
    • Bethune Annex
    • College Hall South (select doors)
    • College Hall North (select doors)
    • Cook Hall
    • Drew Hall
    • Harriet Tubman Quad
      • Baldwin
      • Crandall
      • Frazier
      • Truth
      • Wheatley
    • Howard Plaza Towers
      • East
      • West


Check out materials from the Howard libraries as well as print from computers and make copies.


Purchase textbooks, academic related materials, or to redeem a book voucher.

Dining Plan

Use a Dining Plan at Howard Campus Dining locations.

Bison Bucks

Use Bison Bucks to pay for food and services at participating dining and retail locations.

Howard Shuttle

Ride Howard’s Shuttle Bus Services.


Residence Hall laundry services.

Care for your Bison One Card

Do not Damage

Do not punch holes in or deface your Bison One Card. Your card contains a magnetic stripe inside that grants access to campus buildings through electronic card readers.

Secure your Card

Store your Bison One Card in a secure location, such as a wallet or handbag and away from other magnetic cards that may deactivate the card.

Special Cardholders

Lanyards and other cardholders are often helpful – Barnes & Noble @ Howard University has a variety of lanyard options.