UW students on the Seattle campus can access free, or reduced cost, computer software and hardware. This includes:
- software downloads (Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, Sophos Anti-Virus, SPSS, and Husky OnNet VPN Service)
- web-publishing tools
- online and cloud-based software (such as G Suite)
- Student Technology Loan Program (free to reserve laptops, audio recording equipment, projectors)
See what hardware and software is available to students
Eduroam is a secure, encrypted Wi-Fi network available at the UW, and the preferred Wi-Fi connection method for UW students, faculty and staff.
Eduroam (“education roaming”) is a global wireless network access service for research and education that allows users from the UW to securely access the Internet from any eduroam-enabled institution throughout the world, including the UW. In addition, eduroam provides visitors from participating institutions access to the UW’s wireless network and the Internet, without needing guest credentials or additional configuration by the user or the UW.
Learn how to access Eduroam
UW-IT’s UW NetID service enables the creation and management of trustworthy online credentials so that UW faculty, staff, students, applicants, researchers, and members of affiliated organizations can identify themselves to online systems and applications. UW NetIDs are used for authentication, accounts, email addresses, and other purposes where unique identification and identifiers are required. Different types of UW NetIDs support different needs, including personal, shared, temporary and admin UW NetIDs.
Steps to Create Your UW NetID
UW Information Technology (UW-IT) provides computing and information technology services to help students build a successful academic career. The information below will help you navigate the variety of resources available to you. Also, check with your academic program’s IT staff for additional recommendations and guidelines.
- how to access and use MyPlan (academic planner)
- how to access and use Canvas
- options for setting up your e-mail account through UW Gmail or UW Exchange Online (part of UW Office 365)
- how to connect to wifi networks on campus and in student housing
- how to access central file storage, where you can save and open your files anywhere on or off campus
More about Computing and IT Services
The Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) is nestled on the shores of Union Bay, the gateway to Lake Washington. We are conveniently located on the south side of Husky Stadium, within a short walk of the University of Washington Link Light Rail Station. From spring through fall we rent kayaks, canoes, and rowboats. Our boat selection can accommodate a single paddler up to a group of four. Come solo, with a group of friends, or with the family!
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Recreational activity and the ability to balance academics with physical engagement is paramount to the success of our students. Through the UW Rec programs, students strive to build communities and experiences outside of the classroom, control stress levels, and set healthy habits for the rest of their lives.
More about UW Recreation
The Counseling Center offers multiple options for students seeking help coping with stress and mental health concerns. Students who are currently enrolled in degree-seeking programs at the Seattle campus are eligible for our counseling services.
For students who are physically out of state and/or for any student (including in-state) who is in crisis, the UW has partnered with My SSP to give students access to real-time, confidential mental health and crisis intervention support, 24/7 and in multiple languages.
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The UW’s Seattle campus offers a wide range of health and wellness services, from exceptional medical care and counseling services to recreation classes, safety resources, peer health advocacy, trainings and more. Most services on this site are limited to currently matriculated Seattle students, while others are open to faculty, staff and the general public. Our goal is to support your health, safety and well-being so you can make the most out of your Husky Experience.
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UW does not provide health insurance for domestic students (U.S. citizens, green card holders, permanent residents, along with DACA and undocumented students). However, the UW offers health insurance to two student groups: graduate students whose UW employment positions qualify them for the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP) and international students on J1 and F1 student visas via the International Student Health Insurance Program (ISHIP).
Finding a Health Insurance Plan
- If you are a domestic student residing in King County, and don’t have insurance, you will need to seek insurance through the Washington State Health Plan Finder, Washington state’s health insurance marketplace.
- Get help on how to use the Washington State Health Plan Finder, by contacting Public Health – Seattle & King County health insurance navigators at 800.756.5437 or UW Hall Health Center at email@example.com.
More Health Insurance Information
Report all incidents of bias or suspected bias using the UW’s bias reporting tool, which was created in partnership with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, the Office of Student Life and the president’s Race & Equity Initiative.
This bias incident reporting tool is for non-emergency incidents. If your immediate safety is at risk, you are witnessing violence or perceive imminent harm to yourself or others, please immediately dial 911. If your experience includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or relationship violence, please contact UW SafeCampus at 206.685.7233 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week).
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