Your University account

You University account gives you access to online tools to support your studies.

University account

An account is set up for you after you have confirmed your registration details. We will give you a username and password so you can access online systems and services.


The University username format is ab12345, made up of:

  • Two letters
  • Two digits for the year in which the account is created
  • Three numerical digits.

When signing into Outlook email or other Microsoft 365 services you should submit your username with the '' included eg.


To access most online services you will need to use your University username and password.

You can change your password (UoB only) at any time. If you forget your password, you can reset it online using the Password Reset tool.


Access your email using Outlook. We send many communications to your University email address. You need to check your email often (daily in term time). 

Your email address uses your username, e.g. and you cannot change this. You can create a user-friendly version of your email address for others to contact you while you are a student.

Multi-factor authentication

You will be asked to set up multi-factor authentication, which adds an extra layer of security to your University account.

Set up multi-factor authentication.

Single Sign-On service

You will use your University username and password to access most services, many of which use Microsoft authentication and the associated multi-factor authentication process.

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