Your Solis-id is your username for most university services. You also use your Solis-id to log on to university computers. If you have forgotten your Solis-id, please contact UU for U Student Services.
As a new student, you will receive your Solis-id via e-mail. In that same e-mail, you will find a link to the password portal where you are able to create your password.
- Forgot, change or create your password: Use the password portal
- Read the tips for a strong password and password management tools
More information can be found on the Solis-id page.
UU Gmail is your university email address. The email address has been sent to your private email address (during your registration).
You will be redirected to a page where you have to enter your UU Gmail address and password (yellow box).
The password is your Solis-id password.
Do you experience problems or looking for instructions? Please consult the UU-Gmail page.
At the university, you can make use of eduroam. Connect by using your credentials;
- Username: your UU email address (e.g. email@example.com). Does this not work? Try firstname.lastname@example.org instead.
- Password: your Solis password
Looking for instructions about how to configure Wi-Fi on your smartphone, tablet or laptop? Visit the manuals webpage.
- Access your personal files on your U drive from another location (off-campus): see the page about your personal storage for instructions.
- Use Google Docs to work on your documents online. The page Google Apps for Education tells you all about this.
- With Skype for business (formerly known as Lync), a feature of Office365, you can chat and collaborate online.
- Use the software for your studies (using whatever device you want) with MyWorkplace.
Use OSIRIS to register for courses, see your marks and enter a change of address.
- In the MyUU app for students you will find your grades from Osiris, your student card and your personal timetable. Download the app from the app stores of Android and Apple.
- MyTimetable is the timetable website of Utrecht University and provides a better view on your long term schedule. It also provides a feed url to import your schedule into your own calendar. More information can be found on the MyTimetable page.
- Blackboard : this is the digital learning environment of Utrecht University. You can log in using your Solis-id and Solis password.
- Lecturenet: Missed a lecture? Or maybe you'd just like to see that particular lecture again? Here you can find a growing collection of recorded lectures that you can access from your computer.
- Weblectures (Science Faculty-Dutch): additional Science Faculty initiatives on recorded lectures (mainly Biology)
In the Buys Ballot building, the Koningsberger building and the David de Wied building you find study areas with PCs that can be used by students. In addition, we provide secluded group locations in the Koningsberger building where you can work together on assignments. The PC capacity is not unlimited. However, we provide fast campus Wi-Fi capacity (eduroam) for your personal devices. Studyspot on http://studyspot.uu.nl/ provides live insight in the availability of UU student-pc's in the study areas.
Students can be asked to bring their own laptop in order to facilitate computer aided education
You're free to choose your own make and model laptop, with the following restrictions(1):
- Supported OS: Windows10
- Minimal: 8 Gigabyte RAM, 64 bits Intel processor, (2,0Ghz - Intel i5 minimal), 256 Gigabyte HD, SSD is preferred
- WiFi-network should support the 5 Ghz band (aka dual-band).
(1) These are the specifications when buying a new laptop. In case you already own a laptop, you can try and see if it works for your study.
You are free to choose your own supplier. However Campusshop has a Science Faculty section of pre-approved make/model combos. Choose UU - Bètafaculteit to see their selection. They also provide extended services like a replacement program and finance options.
(2) Windows is the default supported platform, you may use MacOSX/Linux OS but not all study software is available. Windows only software will have to be emulated in Windows under your OS (VirtualBox or Windows via BootCamp). An increasing amount of software can be used in a browser on any platform (MyWorkplace, see below)
Software (course and general) is usually provided, see software category below
Additional information: see safety to health info
FAQ: Social Sciences BYOD page (also applicable to Science Faculty)
The Science faculty provides for a set of education specific as well as general software like the Office 365 suite. Almost all software can be used free of charge. All other software must be purchased at personal account. Your Solis-ID provides access to Surfspot, a web shop which provides software at student-rates.
The U drive is your personal network storage where you have 1 GB available for your files. You can access your U drive via a web browser, your own laptop, or one of the university computers. See the instructions for how to do this. In this way you always have access to your files.
Google Drive enables you to store files in the cloud. You can also share these files with other students, or work together on the same file via Google Docs.
Using SURFfilesender you can send files to anyone you wish, including people outside Utrecht University and organisations without a SURF licence. If someone wants to send you files, you, as a SURFfilesender user, can send them a 'voucher'.
You can use a personal smart card – for example your OV chip card – to print, photocopy and scan documents. You can then print your print job at any printer in the university. Please note: your personal smart card (RFID) is only used to identify you at the printer. Your print credit is linked to your Solis-id, not the personal smart card you use to identify yourself.
TOP UP PRINT CREDIT
You can top up your print credit via the online portal. Please note: Sometimes, the portal says "failure during topping up". This is often incorrect. Please check your print credit first before trying again.
Visitors of the University Library
Visitors of the University Library can also use the print facilities: read more about it.
MANUALS AND MORE INFORMATION
Instructions for printing from your own device (laptop etc) are available here on our manual website.
Fore more information on printing in general, visit the printing, photocopying and scanning page.
You can apply for a voucher to compensate for printing costs that you made by working for a research group or department. This can be used to replenisch your personal account.
Application forms can be obtained from the Science Servicedesk. The form has to be signed by your supervisor. The Science Servicedesk will also provide the voucher (see: support info for more information on the Science Servicedesk).
All student PC's of the Science, Geo and Social Sciences Faculties contain both a Windows and a Linux distribution (incl software). At restart you can choose your Operating System.
More info on faculty Linux services.
IT support info
- At the Science Servicedesk we will help you with any question or problem, especially questions you have about IT-facilities from the University or the Science Faculty. You can also borrow chargers and cables from us. The Science Servicedesk is located on the second floor of Buys Ballot building and on the second floor of the David de Wied building.
- The ICT Bèta wiki website contains Science faculty manuals and other documentation on software and services.
- On the UU-support page you can find guides and supporting information on most of the IT-facilities that the university provides, also you can find contact information on the service desks of ITS.