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Studying off campus

If you have a PC, laptop or tablet with an Internet connection, you will be able to continue your studies from home, or anywhere off campus.  

You can log in to all the University’s online services off campus using the Edinburgh Napier app and even install a virtual Edinburgh Napier desktop on your own device. 

Remember laptops are available to loan from the Computer Suites and Libraries - find out more about laptops for loan.

A couple of points to remember:

  • When using any Edinburgh Napier IT service on or off campus you are bound by the terms of the University’s Information Security Policy.
  • Ensure you have up to date anti-virus software installed on your home machine - free anti-virus software is provided by the University.
Read the Information Security Policies Download the anti-virus software via the Software Download Service

Access online services using the Edinburgh Napier app

The Edinburgh Napier University mobile app gives you personalised access to the University’s online services.
You can either download the app to your mobile device or visit
Log in using your Edinburgh Napier email address and password.  Your email address format is:
You can even personalise the app to suit your own preferences. 
Find out how to download and personalise the app
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Access an Edinburgh Napier desktop from anywhere

The Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) enables you to access an Edinburgh Napier desktop from anywhere, anytime on almost any device. 

You can access everything you would from an on campus computer including:

  • Your H drive, via "My Documents”
  • Most University applications

To access the VDS you’ll internet access and you'll need to install a VMware Horizon Client.  

Find out how to install and use the Virtual Desktop Service
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Access your Microsoft Office 365 apps

You can access the MS Office 365 apps on or off campus by logging in to using your Edinburgh Napier login ID and password.   

The Quickstart Guides and Training Centre from Microsoft will help you get started with all the MS Office 365 apps.


Find out how to log in to Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 Guidance

Email via Outlook on the Web

Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office Apps

  • Access by logging in to using your Edinburgh Napier login ID and password. 
  • Help can be found on the Microsoft website
  • You can download the Office suite on up to 5 personal devices (including home PC, laptop, tablet and phone) - find out how




  • You can use MS Teams for chatting and for conference calling without having a dedicated "team" set up, simply by using the call function or meet now, or by clicking on the option to add an online meeting when setting up an agenda item.
  • Find out more about MS Teams.