Students – Technology Resource Guide

Welcome to the University of Illinois! We’re here to connect you to the technology resources you need.

Below you will find information on services and resources available to you. If you have any questions about any of the items below, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk by emailing This guide has been updated and is accurate for the spring 2024 semester.

Get Connected

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Your NetID and password are required for many services and website at Illinois.

When you claimed your NetID, you should have also set a password recovery option. The recovery option will allow you to reset your password at any time.

Your password will expire once per year. You can see this expiration date after logging in to the NetID center.

Two-factor authentication secures our University accounts by confirming your login using something you know (a password), and something you have (like a phone). Graduate and Professional students are required to use 2FA for many University services and websites.

Setting up the Duo Mobile application will allow you to easily confirm that you are who you say you are, better protecting your identify and your data.

To log in to your University email, or to learn to configure iOS and Android devices, visit the Email – How to Log In page.


Connect to the IllinoisNet network using your NetID and password. Use the links below to help troubleshoot issues you may have.

Learn more about the Illinois App and download it here.

Use the Illinois App to access your digital bus pass and Illini ID, map your way to class, search for campus groups to join, or create a wellness ring to track healthy habit loops. The Illinois app has powerful features that connect you to campus and your peers.

Students have access to several computer labs across campus.

There are a variety of printers available to students for general use, and others specific to certain colleges or majors.

Contact for additional help.

Visit our Zoom essentials guide for additional assistance signing in, hosting meetings, and other Zoom features.

Microsoft Teams is collaboration software that is free to all students and provides persistent chat, file storage, and audio/video conferencing.

Canvas is the widely adopted Learning Management System that allows instructors to post content, create assignments, share videos, and provide graded feedback. Students can participate in online discussion forums, submit papers, collaborate with peers, and engage with instructors.  

More information about Canvas is available in this Answers KnowledgeBase article

Apps and Software

Remote Software Access

UIUC AnyWare gives students access to over 100 software applications whether working on campus, remotely, or in class.

Avoid downloading large files or installing software directly. Use software you may not be able to run on your personal device.

Office 365

All students have access to Microsoft Office 365 for free. You can access apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in your browser or download them to your computer.

Download Free and Discounted Software

The U of I WebStore offers free and discounted software you can download to your personal device. Some products, including MATLAB, LabView, Mathematica, SAS, and ArcGIS are free for all students. Additional free software may be available depending on your department, program/major, or individual courses.

Laptops and Other Equipment

We recommend contacting your department for any specific hardware or software requirements they may have for your courses. A general recommendation can be found in our article, “Computer Recommendations for New Students.”

The Illini Union Tech Zone offers computers and accessories at an educational discount.

Essentials Guides

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Cloud Storage Essentials

Your guide to cloud-based storage options for university files.

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Zoom Essentials

Your quick start guide to using Zoom at Illinois

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Canvas and Compass

Your guide to Canvas, Compass, and other learning management systems.

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