There are tons of tech resources available to you as a student at the University of Chicago. This quick start guide will help you get access to some of the most utilized and useful technologies, services, and support information you’ll need to be successful during your time at UChicago.

Before You Arrive on Campus


Create your username, called a CNetID, and set a secure password to access common UChicago services like Canvas, UChicago Box, UChicago G Suite, and Faculty Access.

ID Card

The UChicago Card is the official University of Chicago identification card. All first-year undergraduates entering the College are required to upload a photo for their UChicago Card before arriving on campus. This is how you will access buildings, pay for meals, and use the UChicago library resources.


Once you have claimed your CNetID, you will receive a UChicago email address where all official communication will be sent. Access your UChicago email account through Gmail within the UChicago G Suite or forward your email address to an account of your choosing.

Safe Computing

Security and privacy concerns are of critical importance, especially with so much of your personal and academic lives happening online. Follow these tips to protect your devices and personal data.

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) significantly enhances the security of your CNetID by using a second device (typically a mobile phone) to verify your identity. 2FA prevents anyone but you from using your account to log in to secure University websites, even if they know your CNetID password.

Software Licensing

IT Services provides students of the University community with free or reduced-cost access to a wide range of academic and productivity software such as Microsoft Office and MATLAB.

When You Are On Campus

Campus Wireless Network

Connect online to the campus wireless network using your CNetID. When you connect to the eduroam network, it uses an encrypted wireless protocol and works at more than 6,000 institutions across 89 countries.


Canvas is the University’s online environment where instructors and students can manage course materials and communication.


Get your free Box account to store and share files, communicate, and collaborate securely in the cloud.

G Suite

Get your free G Suite account to communicate and collaborate securely in the cloud.

Learn about Security

Visit our Get Secure site to learn about how to protect yourself and your data.

Purchase Hardware

PC and Mac purchases for personal use are available to students under an agreement between the University and several vendors.

Software for Students

A worthy repeat of the above – if you hadn’t taken advantage of the free or reduced-cost software for students before your arrival on campus, now is the time to get Microsoft Office, MATLAB, and a wide range of other academic and productivity software.

my.UChicago is the self-service portal for University students and staff in the Academic Information System.


IT Services provides help online, in person, via email, or by phone at 773.702.5800 (2-5800).

Get cAlert

Update your contact information so you get critical alerts about major events on campus.