Setting up your IT as a new student
Find out how to set your devices up at your new accommodation, what services the University offers and get your free University software.
Find your username and email
Registering at the University gives you access to many IT services. You will need your username to log in to them. Your username is on your library card. It will be a combination of letters and numbers, for example abc123. Your email address will then be firstname.lastname@example.org, for example email@example.com.
You will have chosen a password on registration. If you have forgotten it you can reset your University password.
Connect to the Internet
eduroam is our free Wi-Fi service that students should use. You will be able to connect to eduroam Wi-Fi at universities across the UK and abroad. By now you may have already accessed it on your device. If not you should use our guide to connecting to Wi-Fi as a student or for any guests you have.
Download Sophos antivirus software for free
Every computer on the University network must have antivirus software installed. You can download Sophos antivirus software for free from the University.
You can also help protect yourself by reading our guide on avoiding phishing and email scams. We will never ask you for your password or personal information by email. To report suspicious emails in Outlook, forward them as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access your University email and calendar
Outlook Web App (OWA) is the simplest way you can access your University email and calendar, using your web browser on any device:
- Log into OWA at mail.bath.ac.uk
- Enter your university username, found on your library card, for example abc123, and password to log in.
Get IT equipment
You can buy IT equipment from our campus IT Shop. We can help you choose the best desktop, laptop or tablet device. We sell them at not for profit prices and they come complete with a 3-5 year warranty. We also sell a range of computer accessories including cables, mice and headsets
Get software including Microsoft Office
You can use a variety of software at University for free on your personal device or a University computer. You can download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on your own device for free.
Connect to University computers, printing and file sharing
Use our guide to find an available University computer, or access your University files, software and printers from your own device, from the comfort of your accommodation:
- access your University file storage space (your H: drive on a University computer) using files.bath
- set up printing from your own device
- use UniApps or UniDesk to access University software on your personal device
- set up a VPN to use your personal device as if it were a University computer
Get help and support with your IT needs
If you are having any problems with setting up your IT please contact us. We also have a number of other sources of information:
- for help with purchasing new IT devices and equipment you can visit the IT shop
- browse our guides
- use our helpdesk for more technical information, for example how to map university drives to your computer
We aim to ensure that all of our IT services are accessible to everyone. There are a number of services and assistive software packages that can help you during your time at university. We work with Student Services to provide support to those who need it, particularly those with disabilities. For more information you can:
- follow our guide to getting specialist IT equipment to help you study
- contact Student Services
- find out more from the Disability Service group
- read about our Assistive Technologies room