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 1. Connect to eduroam Wi-Fi


To connect to the university wifi:

  1. Select Eduroam network
  2. Enter your eduroam username, e.g.
  3. Enter your university password.

To find out more go to


 4. Discover your reading lists


​Aspire is the university online reading list system.  It offers you:

  • Direct access to your course materials, e.g. online articles, ebooks, videos and webpages
  • Information on where to find print books within the University of Brighton libraries
  • The option to add notes to your reading list and flag up resources you intend to read.

To find your reading lists on studentcentral:

  1. Log in to studentcentral
  2. Select your Studies tab
  3. Find and open a Module
  4. Look for the Reading List in the left hand menu.


If you'd like some tips on finding your way round studentcentral, see the helpful and short videos on the studencentral help page.


 2. Download Microsoft Office


​As part of your University of Brighton subscription to Office 365, you get:

  • Email and calendar
  • A massive 1 Tb of online storage with OneDrive
  • Free MS Office applications online and ...
  • Free MS Office to download on up to five of your own computers, plus any mobile devices you have
To find how to download your free copy of MS Office, see our Office 365 web pages.
Tip: For more free software, including antivirus software, go to our software for students web page.

 5. Follow your library on social media

​To stay connected and find out about new services, follow your university library on Facebook and Twitter via the icons, below.

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Falmer Library​
Hastings Campus Library​
Queenwood Library, Eastbourne​
St. Peters House Library​, Brighton

 Stuck on a step?

If you need help with any of these steps, you can:

Contact the IT Service Desk


Opening hours:

08:30 - 17:00 Monday - Thursday

08:30 - 16:30 Friday


telephone:  01273 644444


Visit a Library Help Desk

Open whenever the library is open. See Libraries page for locations and opening times of our the university's five libraries. 


 3. Set up your UniCard


​Once you’ve set up your UniCard you can:

  • Access buildings (e.g. libraries) out of hours
  • Borrow from any of the university’s five libraries
  • Get loyalty savings in campus Cafes and Restaurants
  • Get 5-20% off the university's advanced Print Services

For the full range of Unicard services go to


 I've finished - what next?


​These first five steps should see you through your first weeks here.

When you get your first assignment, essay or research question, you will need to know more about library and IT services. See our Start Connected Next Steps for more information.



 What have we missed?


​Our list contains five of the most important first steps to complete on campus. These are quick wins and hopefully straightforward tasks.

You may have found other ways to start your course 'connected' and we would like your advice on any steps we have missed. This is your chance to help your peers by suggesting a Point Six for our list.
Tweet about what helped you start the term connected using #startconnected
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