Online learning systems

There’s a variety of different applications we use for online learning and studying – whether it’s teaching, group work or individual study.

Digital Tool Guide

We've pulled together a simple guide to help you understand which digital tools you'll need and where to go for more information and support.

UniLeeds App

The UniLeeds Mobile App allows you to access a number of useful features from your smartphone or tablet, including:

  • Personal timetable
  • Library record
  • Library catalogue
  • Campus maps
  • Staff directory
  • Laundry availability in University residences
  • Sports bookings
  • Places to eat
  • Access to your email

Find out more about how to download and use the app.

University email

The University of Leeds uses Office 365 email. You are provided with an account when you join the University and will be able to use it straight away. Your email address is in the format (e.g.

Remember that your department uses your student email to contact you about important messages regarding your course. The University also shares news, events and other information using email and there is a calendar function that you can use to plan your time at Leeds. You should get into the habit of checking your University email regularly to make sure you stay up-to-date on your learning.

Office 365

All students at the University of Leeds have access to Microsoft Office365 apps that you can download and use for your learning at home. This includes up to five free downloads of Office 365 Pro Plus for PC or Mac. We recommend that students who have not already download this software do so by following the instructions outlined by IT Services for Office 365

You can access a collection of Microsoft Office 365 training on LinkedIn Learning.


It is recommended that students use OneDrive for personal storage instead of the M Drive that is accessed from cluster PCs and Desktop Anywhere. Desktop Anywhere is likely to be unavailable except to critical users during a period of large-scale remote working, so you are encouraged to move any essential files from the M Drive into OneDrive now.

OneDrive gives you a personal storage space of 5TB, enough to store 2500 hours of video, 85000 hours of music, or millions of documents. You can access OneDrive on and off-campus to share, comment and co-create files with other students at the University and beyond.

Learn more about OneDrive and how to access it.

Virtual desktop

The University IT Service has launched a virtual desktop to provide remote access to some software applications.

eBooks and online Library resources 

Leeds University Library has a huge range of online resources. This includes access to millions of journal articles, over 500,000 electronic books and dozens of databases and search tools. ebooks and other e-resources are all available through Library Search. If you are accessing them from home, you might be asked to enter your University username and password. 

You can also access your reading lists online; they include links to the Library record for each item, including those that are available online.  
You can also find more detailed information on accessing Library resources