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Student Email

As a means of enhancing communication, students receive an UH email alias to be used for all official electronic correspondence. The email alias is a pointer that directs email messages to a destination email account. Per the UH student email policy, the University uses the UH email alias to send important information such as emergency closings or any official information.  Current students, staff and faculty are eligible to receive an email exchange account, if they currently do not already have one.  Students must ensure that the UH email alias points to a working email address at all times. Students may update their email address information by logging on to AccessUH and going to myUH. 

U H e-mail alias pointing to forwarding email address

UH Email Alias for Life

Students who complete at least one class at the University of Houston are able to keep their email alias forever and can maintain their email destination via myUH. 

"UH Email Alias for Life" (@UH.EDU) provides a University of Houston email alias for all students completing at least one class. It never expires and never goes away as long as the destination address is a valid address.  When a student applies at UH they are provided with an Email alias. The alias is an address that doesn't have a mailbox but  forwards all messages to the students own personal email account. This has some great advantages for students in that they do not need to check multiple email accounts, if those accounts are setup to deliver the messages to the one alias which then delivers to the one email address assigned by the alias. While still a student, the University will send all official correspondence to the @UH.EDU email alias.

How to Check and Update Destinations for UH Email Alias:

Naming Convention for Email Aliases

UH-style email addresses are created automatically according to the name obtained from UH's official employee or student records. The standard naming convention is:

first-initial +
first-initial + middle-initial +

If an alias is already in use, it will be necessary to add a number to the end of the last name to make it unique. Examples of this naming convention are,, and

Exchange/CougarNet Email

Current students, faculty and staff also receive an Exchange/CougarNet email account. The Exchange mail server can be accessed via Outlook, which provides a single location for organizing and managing day-to-day information, from email and calendars to contacts and task lists.

The email can also be accessed using a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

To access your Exchange/CougarNet email online, login into your Microsoft 365 account: 

  • Log into AccessUH , click the Microsoft 365 icon and follow the link
  • Log into Microsoft 365 
  • Enter your UserID:  ex:
  • Enter your CougarNet password

Name Changes

Sometimes names change. Email addresses can be updated, if necessary, to reflect name changes. To request a name change, complete the Rename Request Form.  Address ownership will be verified using your Cougar Card. Names must be changed in the official University records before the email addresses can be updated.


Faculty Needing to Send a Message to Students

Faculty have a few options available to send messages to their students:

  1. Using myUH Class Rosters in the Faculty Center (links to a PDF)
  2. Using Blackboard Learn

The Office of Faculty Design and Instructional Support (FDIS) has collected more information about communicating with students at the Instructional Continuity Checklist website.