New students: welcome to Durham University!
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When you arrive at Durham, you should do the following as soon as you can:
Make sure you have your username and password
You will have been given these as part of the enrolment process and you will need them to access University IT services. Please be aware that it is your username, NOT your email address that you use to sign into IT services.
Your campus card is your University identity and you need it to get into libraries and other buildings. You should carry it with you and keep it safe.
If you have completed your enrolment online and successfully uploaded your photograph, your campus card will be waiting for you at your college and will be issued to you during the induction process.
If you have not completed the online enrolment and have not uploaded a photo, you will need to have your photograph taken so we can create your campus card shortly after you arrive.
You will want to get onto the internet to check your emails and let friends and family know that you have arrived safely.
You can use the DU Student Wi-Fi network which is available in colleges, departments, libraries and other buildings across the campuses.
The first time you connect to DU Student you need to go through a registration process.
Using the network settings on your device (smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.):
- Search for available wireless networks
- Select ‘DU Student’
- Put in your username and password
- Open a web browser (Internet Explorer or Safari work best - Google Chrome doesn't provide a good experience with this process)
The first time you connect to the network, you'll need to register your device. PCs, laptops and Windows based mobile devices will need to pass a security check to confirm they have a genuine and up-to-date operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) and security software (McAfee, Sophos, Kaspersky, Windows Security Essentials). If you don't, updates and patches will be made available to you and you must apply them and then re-submit your machine for checking.
Once it has passed the check successfully, you'll be able to access the internet. Take a look at these links:
- Check our list of approved operating systems and security software
- See our instructions for registering on the network (so you know what to expect)
Help is available, you just need to book a ‘Get online’ appointment, which you can do here:
When you come for your appointment, bring your device with you and our friendly IT staff will help you get online!