Get connected to the University systems
Get connected to access your email, WiFi, coursework, printing and more.
Before you arrive
Activate and access your Office 365 email account
As your Office 365 email is the primary means of contact with the University, it is important to access it regularly. In addition to email, your Office 365 account gives you access to your calendar, OneDrive file storage, instant chat and Microsoft Office tools.
It is recommended that you activate this as soon as possible.
Upload photo for student card
Check the submission guidelines to make sure your photo is suitable. You can collect your card in person (on-campus students) or have it sent to you (online learning students).
Card Collection for students starting a course in January, who cannot collect their cards in student accommodation will be held in the Main Library on the dates and times outlined below:
- Wednesday 8th January 2020 from 9:00am-19.50pm
- Thursday 9th January 2020 from 9:00am-19.50pm
- Friday 10th January 2020 from 9:00am-18.50pm
After the collection event, any uncollected cards can be collected during Main Library Helpdesk Opening Hours.
Connect to eduroam WiFi network
eduroam is the secure WiFi service available all over the University (Not including student accommodation where the WiFi service is operated by Optify, instruction will be provided by student accommodation staff). Follow these steps to set it up on your device, and you'll connect automatically as soon as you arrive on campus.
Important: You must active your Office 365 before setting up your WiFi access.
Protect yourself from IT threats
Make sure your work and your files are protected from viruses, phishing and malware.
Making the Most of IT
The video below provides an introduction to computing, learning technology and libraries at the University
- Video: Making the Most of IT
- his presentation has been designed to introduce new students to the key IT and Library services available to when starting life at The University of Edinburgh. Topics covered include: student card EASE MyEd Learn Office 365 and email Wifi Printing LinkedIn Learning Digital Skills Framework Libraries and Library Services (presented by Anne Donnelly (Academic Support Librarian) Help and Support To find out more about getting connected to the University's systems, visit: https://www.ed.ac.uk/students/new-students/getting-started-resources/top-6-tasks/get-connected
When you start
You can print at locations across the University using either your own device or a University computer. We start you off with £4 credit free.
Log into MyEd
MyEd is the university web portal and includes access to your emails, timetables and course learning material. It's also where you can update your personal details, pay your tuition fees and apply for University accommodation.
Become familiar with Learn
You will almost certainly be using Learn, which is your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This online learning platform is where you will find resources relating to your course. You will have access to Learn in advance of starting at the University to get familiar with your online course space.
Support on how to use Learn will be available when you start.
Download a free copy of Microsoft Office
Download your free copy of Microsoft Office, giving you Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook on your computer, tablet or phone.
Personalised timetable on your phone
Setting up Office 365 on your phone or other devices gives you easy access to your course timetables. You will be able to view My Timetable information on the Office 365 app and add lectures to your phone, computer or other devices as they are confirmed.
Need any help?
During the first two weeks of term in September and January, you can get help to connect any of your devices to the University systems or network at the 'Get Connected' sessions. These are walk-up sessions and do not require a booking.
Outside of 'Get Connected', you can still find IT support on the Ground Floor of the Main Library with help from the IT Support Desk. This is a drop-in service and does not require a booking.
If you ever need help with IT and computing issues, please first check out the University Information Services website.
Access to Assistive Software/Hardware
If you require access to assistive software or hardware please contact: