What is your CRSID?
Your CRSid stands for ‘Common Registration Scheme Identifier.’ Your CRSid is your login name used to identify you on Cambridge online services. It also forms the start of your standard Cambridge @cam.ac.uk email address. For example, you can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In late August, you will be sent an email from the Student Registry containing information how to complete your student registration. Once that is complete, you will be given a link to your CRSid.
Most Cambridge websites uses raven, the University wide web authentication service, to login before you can access course content or valuable resources. This uses your CRSid (it asks for your email but the @cam.ac.uk will be automatically added if emitted, so your CRSid alone is sufficient) and password.
If you forget your password, you can reset it using your Cambridge @cam.ac.uk email address.
Email is the main way of communication in Cambridge, the college, your DoS, your tutor, course department and supervisors will frequently contact you by email so make sure to check it regularly.
Microsoft Outlook is where you will access your emails, calendar and more. It is useful to download it on your phone as well.
The Fitz JCR (and other societies) will also send out emails such as the weekly Billy Bulletin and other updates. To recieve these you will need to subscribe to the mailing list: email@example.com for the Fitz JCR, firstname.lastname@example.org for the internationals mailing list. You can always unsubscribe from any mailing list by visiting https://lists.cam.ac.uk/sympa/
Eduroam is the Wi-Fi service that allows you to connect your laptop, smart phone and most other devices to the internet while in Cambridge. It should be available in all colleges, faculty buildings and other university departments. It is also accessible on the campuses of most universities in the UK and across Europe.
To login to Eduroam, you’ll first need to make a network access token at https://tokens.uis.cam.ac.uk/ for each of your devices.
As you move through the city and different departments, your wi-fi may disconnect, to prevent this you can download and use EduroamCat to automatically connect for you. You can download it from here: https://eduroam.org/configuration-assistant-tool-cat/
If you need a VPN, such as for remote access, you can set one up using the resources here: https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/network-services/remote-access
Some devices, such as bluetooth speakers connected to the internet, may not be able to use eduroam. They will instead use UniOfCam-IoT, which you can connect to using the instructions here: https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/wi-fi/unicam-iot-wifi
Apart from your Cambridge emails, you will be using Facebook a lot for information, groups, group chats and messaging so definitely get it if you haven’t already. A lot of informal student communication and organisation for societies is done through there.
For example, the Facebook group ‘Official Fitz Group’ is used by students for general information such as ents or facility updates, but is also useful if you lose something around college! If you haven’t been added to this yet, message a JCR Committee member, or contact me below.
Still having difficulties?
If this guide is not enough (first of all sorry) you can look to the universities IT services here: https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service