Semester Quick-Start Guide

Get Microsoft Office for Free!

The University of Houston provides Microsoft Office free to every student. New this year, students will be able to download Office on up to five computers and five mobile devices directly through the Microsoft Student Advantage program. Office 365 includes the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. As long as you're a student here, you'll be able to use this software for free. To get your Office follow these simple steps:

  1. Login to AccessUH at with your cougarnet account
  2. Click on the Office365 icon and that will take you to the Office365 download site.  Use the following credentials:
    • Organizational Account: CougarNet (
    • Password: CougarNet password
  3. On the download site, select your language and click install

If you have trouble, contact the IT Support Center at 713-743-1411, or via live chat at

Getting the Most out of WiFi

UH provides you with high-speed WiFi access in the classrooms, residence halls, the libraries and throughout most of the campus. UHWireless is your WiFi network. If you have an older laptop that still works well but struggles with the WiFi, you can upgrade with a USB WiFi adapter and an external antenna to dramatically improve WiFi speeds for very little money. More information can be found at:

Buying a Computer

Many incoming students are shopping for a new computer, tablet or smart phone to bring to campus. There are a few things to keep in mind while you shop. Look for computers and devices with the 802.11ac or 802.11n WiFi standard. This will get you the fastest connection possible to the campus WiFi network. As you are shopping and comparing the best deals, you may want to review these resources as well:

Your CougarNet Log In

Your CougarNet account provides access to many services on campus including UHSecure WiFi, Software Downloads and AccessUH. You can lookup your CougarNet userid and reset your password at

Logging into AccessUH

AccessUH is your gateway to the University of Houston's information and computing resources. Log into AccessUH with your CougarNet User ID and password and you will get immediate access to other critical systems that you use on a daily basis including myUH, Blackboard, parking, housing and many more.

For your First Day on Campus

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Learn about CougarNet

CougarNet is the system that governs access to computers, applications and email at UH.