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Your Login

You will find you have two logins, one from Northumbria University and one from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).  You’ll need each of them for various activities:


Username & Password

ID & Password 
 Blackboard  Y  X
 Email  Y  X
 Library Catalogue & Resources  Y  X
 Library PCs  X  Y
 Office 365  Y  X
 Printing  X  Y
 Simply Web  Y  X
 Software Downloads  Y  X
 Student Portal  Y  X
 WiFi Access - AUAS  X  Y
 WiFi Access - Eduroam  Y  X
 For more information  Username & Password guidance

 See the AUAS ID & Password section here.

Your Smartcard

You will be issued with an AUAS smartcard to allow building access and printing.  It can also be used to make purchases within the catering facilities once ‘loaded’ with credit.  Catering at AUAS is cashless and only Smartcard or debit/credit card payments are possible.

For AUAS information, see the Paying at the AUAS section on the AUAS Practical Matters website.

Wireless Connection


Eduroam in the Leeuwenburg building has good connection, speed and security.  Access to the Eduroam network is via your Northumbria Student login:

Northumbria Students  

  1. Your Northumbria username in the format:  e.g.
  2. Your Northumbria password.

Northumbria Staff

  1. Your Northumbria email address, e.g.
  2. Your Northumbria password.

For a guide on connecting to Eduroam click here.


HVA Open Wi-Fi

This WiFi connection is provided by AUAS.  There is no authentication required to access, however the speed on this is slower and does not have encryption.

We recommend you stick to Eduroam where possible.


Using your Laptop

You will need to provide a laptop to use during your studies at Amsterdam campus.  We recommend the following specification for devices:



  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Intel Pentium® Gold 4415U processor (2 cores)
    or Core i5 2 GHz processor
  • 8Gb RAM
  • 128 GB  SSD
  • Mac computer with an Intel Core i5,
    Core i7, or Xeon processor
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 1440 x 900 screen resolution
  • 4GB SSD of available disk space



TIP: Student discounts are available through certain Dutch re-sellers using your AUAS login details.  For example: and


Once you have your laptop you will need to:

  1. Charge it up - There's limited power sockets in lecture theatres, so you must charge your laptop back in your room or in the Leeuwenburg building common areas.
  2. Connect to WiFi - Get online using the Eduroam WiFi network.
  3. Activate AntiVirus software - Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender to protect your laptop.
  4. Install key software - Your tutor will advise which software you should download and you can visit
  5. Bookmark this page - Keep key IT information at your fingertips by bookmarking


You have an Office 365 account as part of your benefits of being a Northumbria Student. Instructions for accessing and installing Office applications can be found here: Microsoft Office for personal use - Students

Your lecturer/tutor will advise on the key software you’ll need for your course, and a lot of it is available, free of charge, from the Northumbria Downloads page:


Business Analytics software

For MSc Business with Business Analytics students, we're providing 3 additional pieces of software: SAS, VISA, and SIMUL8.  All are available through the Simply Web Student Desktop.  For help using Simply Web, click here



Windows 10 machines have their own Anti-Virus protection, “Windows Defender”, which comes ready for you to activate.  Please see the Microsoft Defender guidance page for help doing this and to learn more about staying secure online.

Storing your work

You have two options for data storage:

  1. An Office365 OneDrive account, which is accessible anywhere via a web browser.We recommend you use this for your work due to its accessibility wherever you are and on whatever device you’re using.
  2. A Northumbria U drive, which is accessible through Simply Web only.


More about Simply Web

Simply Web offers web access to Northumbria IT facilities from a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. It has a secure connection, preventing your password and other data from being seen across the network.  For more information, click here.



To print, you can either use multifunction printers in the library, paid using your AUAS smartcard, or the Canon print shop within Leeuwenburg building.

For AUAS information, see the Printing, Copying & Scanning section on the AUAS Practical Matters website.

Using Blackboard

You will use Blackboard for all of your modules and course materials, to access reading lists, and to collaborate with your classmates and tutors.  When you first login to Blackboard you will be taken to the Activity Stream page, which helps you keep track of what’s happening on your course.

To access Blackboard and find out more, go to

Additional AUAS Support

For more information, visit the AUAS Practical Matters website.

Northumbria IT Support

IT Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 Phone  + 31 (0) 207 133 401


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