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Setting up your IT at UCT: students

Before you arrive on campus:

Manage your account by changing your temporary password. You would have received this password in your acceptance letter with your student number.

Access your myUCT email and get access to 1TB of free online storage with OneDrive.

Download and install Microsoft Office for free.

Download UCT Mobile, the university's all-in-one-mobile app for your phone.


When you get to residence (applies to res students):

If your residence includes wired network points in rooms, collect a fly lead from the res reception when you check in for the first time.

Connect your device(s) to the internet.

Find out who your House Comm IT representative is.


When you get to campus:

Visit the ICTS stall during O-week and go to our website for all the information you need.

Find computer labs on campus.

If you have ICT problems or need advice, visit the Front Office or log calls online.

Connect to eduroam (the wireless network) either automatically (with the CAT tool) or manually.

Connect your device(s) to the internet.

Get set up to copy, print and scan with UCT Managed Print Solutions.

Sign into Vula, your online learning portal.

Browse and install any free or site-licensed software you might need for your studies from our downloads site.

Access LinkedIn Learning for thousands of tutorials from subject matter experts.

Access G suite offering you all the Google apps and 10TB of cloud storage.

Like us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.

Sign up to our announcements mailing list.

Sign up for our monthly Bits & Bytes newsletter.


Protect yourself online:

Install McAfee antivirus software on your computer.

Set up your computer to receive either Windows, Mac or Linux updates.

Always be on the lookout for suspicious emails and links.

Report any cybersecurity incidents to the CSIRT (UCT's Computer Security Incident Response Team).

Read our cybersecurity resources to ensure you stay safe online.