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NSID – Network Services ID

The U of S Network Services ID (NSID) is a unique identifier that is three letters followed by three numbers (e.g. abc123).

It is used as a username to access university computer and network services such as PAWS, email, computer labs and password protected webpages. The services that you are eligible for depend on your role at the university (student, instructor, researcher, employee or alumnus).

Individual NSIDs

Your NSID is automatically created for you when you become a student, instructor, researcher or employee of the U of S.


  • When you are admitted to the U of S, you will be sent your NSID and a temporary password by mail.
  • You must then log in to PAWS and change your password. You should also create secret questions that will allow you to change your password if you forget it.
  • You need your NSID and password in order to register for classes.
  • If you don’t know your NSID, you can check with your local IT support staff or go to the ICT Service Desk (ID will be required).

 Instructors, Researchers and Employees

  • You will be provided with your NSID once you begin working.
  • If your NSID has not been completed when you start, you can use the account request form to request an NSID.
  • If you don’t know your NSID, you can check with your local IT support staff or go to the ICT Service Desk (ID will be required).


If you are a U of S Alumni who graduated prior to 2001, you will not have been assigned an NSID. You can contact University Relations to obtain one.

If you graduated after 2001 but don’t know your NSID, you can contact University Relations to find out what it is.


Off-campus clients and organizations may be eligible for an NSID depending on their relationship with the university; please contact the ICT Service Desk in this case.

Service Eligibility

Depending on your role, your NSID provides you with access to a variety of services including, but not limited to:

  • PAWS
  • E-mail
  • My Profile
  • File Storage Space
  • Webpage Hosting Space
  • Blackboard Courses (students and instructors)
  • Anti-virus Software
  • Various Password-protected Webpages (e.g. VPN software or Red Hat Linux software)
  • Computer Access in the Learning Commons, the Arts Tunnel, Student Central
  • Wireless access (uofs-secure)
  • Printing Services
  • Computer Labs

Special Purpose NSIDs

Special purpose NSIDs may be created to address the needs for a particular function or organization to access university computer and network services. These NSIDs may be shared by storing data in a central location that can be accessed by multiple individuals if necessary. They can provide joint access to voicemail and file storage and are an alternative to mailing lists.  

Special purpose NSIDs can be created for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Colleges, departments and units at the U of S as defined by the institution.
  • Sub-groups within a unit not already defined by the university.
  • Inter-departmental or ad-hoc groups.
  • Roles such as the assistant to a director/dean or a program manager.
  • Student societies.
  • Physical resources such as equipment or rooms that need to be booked.
  • Conference or special event committees.
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