In their work or studies, University staff and students require a username and related password to access the University of Helsinki IT systems. The primary account is the “AD account”, with which you log in to the University computers and the most common network services, such as email and Flamma.
How do I get a user account?
All the University employees or students registered as attending are granted a personal username. The username provides access to the University IT systems as well as an @helsinki.fi email address.
Students (including non-degree students) obtain a username automatically without applying for it separately.
- NB! The instructions for Open University students can be found on the Open University site.
- Read the IT Helpdesk’s tips for new students
University staff and students
All other members of the University community excluding students complete a user account application.
Additional rights to systems
By default, the user account includes the right to use the University’s workstations and most common IT systems. Some IT systems may require separate access rights.
Different types of user accounts
In addition to personal user accounts, various other accounts are used for different situations at the University.
These include, for example, course and conference accounts, guest accounts and paid user accounts.
More detailed instructions on the various accounts are available from IT Helpdesk (the contact details can be found at the end of each help page).
Limited user accounts
You can use the limited user account for the University’s services that require identification, such as Flamma, Wiki, Moodle or Sisu. Some of the services require that the user account information includes the user’s personal identity code or email address. Limited user accounts cannot be used to log in to University workstations.
An employee can order a limited user account (and other special accounts) using the e-form without separate approval. A student must discuss any special accounts with the student adviser.
Conference accounts are suitable for persons making shorter visits, e.g. for conference guests. Conference accounts allow access to shared workstations and classroom computers. Systems such as Moodle, Sisu or email cannot be accessed with a conference account.
NB! If the visitor is employed by the University and uses Sole to record their working hours, a personal user account must be applied for instead (for further instructions, see How do I get a user account?).
Visitors from other universities can also access the eduroam wireless guest network with their home university user account if their home university is part of the eduroam network.
Members of the Finnish Haka identity federation can use their home university user account to log in to services such as Wiki.
Visitors can also use the HelsinkiUni Guest Network. Read more about the guest network in the separate instructions.
Course account for teaching
A regular account can also be granted for external students for short-term use. The student must apply for it themselves according to these instructions.
The course teacher can apply for course accounts for their group. Course accounts are suitable for students from outside the University who do not have a personal user account. Course accounts allow access to the University’s shared computers and the classroom computers, but they cannot be used to access systems such as Moodle or Sisu.
Jointly used group user accounts
A group account is used by several people. Group accounts are suitable for the use of a specific computer or for a task whose coordinator changes frequently. The group account cannot have an email inbox.
A coordinator, whose name is used to create the account, must be indicated for the group account. Group accounts are of the format departmentabbreviation_groupID.
Administrator and main user accounts
Please note that no automated messages are sent out on the expiry of administrator and main user accounts. To receive them in your inbox, add your email address in the format firstname.lastname@example.org on the form for user account details. The mail will be directed to your Microsoft 365 inbox.
- Please log in to the form with the account you wish to change.
- You can add an email address by clicking on External email address can be changed.
University accounts are also used by third parties, such as consultants and developers. Such accounts are applied for in the same way as for University staff, but a separate confidentiality agreement is required for third parties*. More detailed instructions on applying for accounts for external parties are available in these instructions.
*) A confidentiality agreement is required, for example, from employees of companies outside the University of Helsinki Group or from people who will be processing non-public or confidential information.
Validity of user account
User accounts are valid for a set period. Validity periods are usually extended automatically, but in some cases users are required to regularly extend them. User accounts expire at the end of employment or studies. A temporary absence from work or studies also leads to the loss of the user account.
A message about the username and password expiring is automatically sent to the @helsinki.fi inbox linked to the user account. If no University email address is linked to the user account, the expiration message can be sent to an external email address.
Students’ user accounts are valid for a single term or the full academic year, depending on attendance.
- For those registered for attendance for the whole academic year or for the spring term, user accounts are valid until 30 September.
- For those registered for attendance for the autumn term, user accounts are valid until 31 January.
Graduating in the middle of the term does not end the validity of the user account. For example, if you graduate in October, your user account will remain valid until the end of January.
Staff user accounts are valid for a maximum of eighteen months at a time. For temporary staff members, the validity of accounts is linked to the duration of the employment relationship. The period of validity expires 28 days after the end of the employment relationship. However, the maximum period of validity of user accounts is eighteen months at a time.
What happens when the user account expires?
After your user account expires, you can no longer log in to the University’s online services (e.g. workstations in computer facilities, email, Sisu).
- Further information about the impacts of the user account’s expiry (e.g. logging in to the University’s services, email, copying your own files elsewhere) is available in these instructions.
- Tip: Obtain an alumni email address alongside your University email address that is about to expire and indicate it as your new address.
- Follow these instructions to restore your expired user account. Restoration is possible for a maximum of one year after expiry.
Why is my account not working?
Make sure you entered the password correctly and the username in the correct format.
If the reason is none of these, and you cannot get your account to work, please contact IT Helpdesk.
How can I change my password?
You can change your password online. You must have a valid user account or have applied for one. The method of changing the password depends on whether you remember your password.
- You can change your password with this tool
- More instructions for changing the password
- Remember to update your password on the devices you use. After changing the password, you may encounter problems with services such as eduroam. See tips here.
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