Join Unicard - Meal Management System

In order to improve the conditions of the food service provided to the academic community, namely in what concerns the speed of the payment process and the reduction of waiting times, the Unicard Meal Management System is available in the various food units of the Social Services of the University of Algarve.

How to activate a card?

The user may proceed to activate a card (banking or non-banking) associated to the UNICARD account (preferably the student/staff/teaching staff card) in one of the following places:

  • SAS food units during their opening hours
  • Kiosks available at the Campus canteens
  • Kiosk available at the bar of the Pedagogical Complex of the Gambelas Campus

If the student/staff/teacher card is not available, you can use another card of your choice provided that it has the contactless system or request a provisional card, paying a deposit of 5.00€ that will be later returned.

How to charge the card balance?

After the association of the ID card to the UNICARD account, the card can be loaded with cash or by ATM, in the places mentioned above.

What to do in case of forgetfulness of the card?

In case of forgetting the card, exceptionally, the user may identify him/herself at the cashier operators through the NIF and, after confirming these data, purchase the meal or other operation you want.

How to purchase meals?

The purchase of meals should be made in the kiosks present in the above-mentioned places. In those places you can also check the menus, book meals, check the balance and the movements made, as well as charge your account.

How is the meal provided?

The meal is provided upon presentation of the ID card to the cashier, who, using the support terminal, identifies the user and the type of meal to be consumed.