Information technology tools and resources at the UW
IT at the UW – Student Quick Start Guide
UW Information Technology (UW-IT) provides computing and information technology services to help students build a successful academic career. The information below will help you navigate the variety of resources available to you at the UW.
Connect to online resources at the UW, set up your UW NetID and email, find printers on campus.
Connect to UW networks
- Wired internet access is available in all residence rooms and Wi-Fi is available throughout many residence halls. Check out the guide to internet setup in student housing, and learn how to access UW networks from UW Housing.
- Wireless internet access is available from wireless access points located throughout many buildings and common areas around campus.
- Outside ISP connections can be configured to allow access to almost every resource on the UW network, and Husky OnNet provides individual users with a secure temporary connection to the UW network from remote locations.
Learn about your UW NetID
Your personal UW NetID (and its password) provides access to many UW online services including MyUW and UW Email. Your UW NetID verifies who you are, ensures the privacy of your personal information, and restricts the use of UW resources to authorized users.
Set up your email
Students have two basic options for email—forward email to a non-UW email system, or use an email service offered through the UW, such as UW Gmail or Exchange Online.
Access your U Drive
Store your work safely on UW servers with the U Drive. The U Drive provides students with a place to store files that can be accessed from anywhere, on- and off-campus, and everything on your U Drive is automatically backed up.
Printing, scanning and copying
Learn about the printing, scanning and copying services available through the UW Libraries.
Protect your computer, identity and privacy. Download your free antivirus software, and learn how to protect yourself on the web.
- Students receive a free license to use Sophos Antivirus Software on University-owned computers and on their personal computers, either on campus or at home.
- Use safe email practices, and report any abuse, harassment or suspicious email.
- Be mindful of phishing attempts, and follow the best practices to avoid phishing scams advised by the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer.
- Use caution when responding to offers both online and by mail. Ensure that any correspondence you receive came from an official source at the University of Washington.
Caution: Computer backup and data protection plans are not offered to students by the University of Washington. Offers for such services received by parents or students do not come from the University of Washington, and the UW cannot verify they are legitimate.
Download essential software and discover online productivity tools available to empower your academic career.
- Explore the abundance of software downloads available to students.
- Check out your options for online collaboration software, including UW Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus.
- Work from anywhere by storing your documents in the cloud with Google Drive or UW OneDrive for Business.
Find places to study, explore mobile apps for UW resources, check out technology workshops, borrow equipment, learn about campus events and more.
- MyUW is the front portal of University of Washington for anybody with a UW NetID. Access the web resources you need to fulfill your goals at the university.
- MyPlan helps you create a plan for next quarter, next year, or all the way to graduation and audit your progress to explore academic programs and discover which courses you may need to complete your degree.
- Mobile UW brings the mobile apps for a wide range of UW services to your fingertips.
- The UW Event Calendar shows listings for events, performances, lectures, exhibits and more on all three campuses.
- Notify.UW sends notifications about course availability. UW NetID holders who subscribe to Notify.UW can choose to be notified via email and/or SMS text message when classes they are interested in either become available or close during quarter registration.
- Canvas is the official learning management system of the UW, used in many UW courses.
- Panopto is the UW-IT supported lecture capture solution, allowing for easy recording and viewing of videos from courses, lectures and presentations.
- The Student Technology Loan Program allows students to borrow laptops, tablets, audiovisual tools and accessories.
- Get help using many learning technologies: check out UW-IT’s online documentation.
Never used a piece of technology before, or need some help getting up to speed on the latest tools? Technology training is available to help you develop your information technology skills.