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 at 217-244-7000 or This guide has been updated and is accurate for Fall 2021.

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.

The DUO Mobile App allows you to confirm your login with a press of a button, and provides a login code if your phone loses internet connectivity.

All students receive a University email account when claiming their NetID.

If you claimed your NetID before November 2018, use the button below to log in to your email inbox.

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

The Safer Illinois app was built by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign specifically to support the university community during COVID-19. We believe Safer Illinois offers the most convenient, most secure and most direct tool for managing your COVID-19 status. Use of the app is strongly recommended for all faculty, staff and students.

If you are for any reason unable to retrieve your building access status in the app, you can also visit the Boarding Pass website on any browser.

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.

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.

Adobe Creative Cloud (until July 2022)

Please note it can take up to one business day after registering for Adobe Access before you are able to download apps to your device.

The University has extended free access to Adobe Creative Cloud through the end of July 2022. You must complete the WebStore offer even if you already obtained free access during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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.

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.