Resource Guide for New and Returning Students

Here are the top 6 things you should know about technology at the University of Illinois to help you get ready for the new school year.

1. Know where to get free tech support

Contact the Technology Services Help Desk at 217-244-7000 or with questions or problems.

2. Get free and discounted software

Get Microsoft Office 365 and tons of other software for free at This short video can help you navigate the store to find what you need.

3. Setup your University email

After setting up your University email account, log in with your NetID at Undergraduate students can check and change their email settings at

4. Learn something new with free online training

Illinois students have free access to, an online library with thousands of video tutorials for all kinds of software. Log in with your NetID at

5. Get free online storage

Illinois students get several University online storage accounts for collaboration and storage needs. Visit to learn more.

6. Get a discount on computers, just for being a student

The Tech Zone offers discounts, information about what kind of computer you need for your major, and on-site Apple technicians. The Tech Zone is located at the southwest corner of the Illini Union.