Bring Your Own Device!
First of all, we assume that you will bring your own laptop to the university. As a UU student, you will be able to access practically all study software everywhere free of charge via your laptop. Here is what else you need to know to get you connected.
9 steps to get connected
Your Solis-id is your username for most university services. You also use it to log on to university computers and the Utrecht University WiFi network. It is the same as the 7-digit student number you have received after your enrolment application in Studielink. You can find this in your messages in Studielink.
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.
Every student has a Solis-mail address. This address has been sent to your private email address (during your registration). Please note that after you receive the email about your new UU email address, it may take up to one working day before you can log in.
Here's how to log in:
go to https://outlook.office.com;
use your university e-mail address (for example firstname.lastname@example.org), your Solis-password, and (if needed) 2FA to log on;
- for manuals (for example how to set up mail on your smartphone), visit the manuals website.
At the university, you can make use of the Wi-Fi network called 'Utrecht University'. 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 device? Visit the manuals webpage.
Please note that Windows 7 or older devices can not connect to Eduroam due to safety reasons.
- Access your personal files on your U drive from another location (off-campus): see the page about your personal storage for instructions.
- Use Microsoft Teams (Office 365) to collaborate (chat, meetings, share files).
- 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.
- the Courseplanner helps you to plan your Science courses throughout the year. It contains all Science course info. For all UU-courses see:
- in the coursecatalogue Osiris you can find descriptions/info about all UU courses (no planning).
- 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 (network id: Utrecht University) 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.
Bring your own laptop to the university.
- Laptop specifications
- Software (course- and general software) is usually available for free, see software category below
- Safety and health info
- FAQ's: BYOD
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.
- List of free UU-software [MyWorkplace]
- List of additional Science faculty software [login required]
- Surfspot [buy software at a student discount]
The U drive is your personal network storage where you have 1 GB available for your files. You can access your U drive via one of the university computers or via MyWorkplace. See the manuals website for how to access MyWorkplace. In this way you always have access to your files.
All employees and students can use OneDrive (Office 365) free of charge. You have 1 TB of storage.
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 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 replenish 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.
Faculty Subversion server: https://svn.science.uu.nl.
Git server: https://git.science.uu.nl [more info]
IT support info
- At the ICT Bèta Servicepoint 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. The Servicedesk is located in the Victor J. Koningsberger building
- The ICT Bèta wiki contains Science faculty manuals and other documentation on software and services
- On the UU-support page of ITS you can find guides and supporting information on most of the IT-facilities that the university provides