All students and staff are provided with an account to use on the University's systems and services including wireless access, email, printing, and computing services.

Once student registration is complete, you will be assigned a University ID called your CRSid. This ID will be unique to you and is a combination of your initials and random numbers eg abc123.

You can use your CRSid to log in to many online services and university systems throughout your time here. It will form your Cambridge e-mail address and is used for all official correspondence from the College, your Department/Faculty, and elsewhere in the University.

Getting Started - New students:

You will have access to the following IT services:


Raven is the University-wide authentication service provided by the University Information Services (UIS). It provides a common way for people to log in to the University's online services, and to some of the additional resources that their College or Faculty has given them private access to. Some commonly used services that use Raven are CamSIS, Eduroam, Moodle and the University Library.

If you forget or would like to change your Raven password, see: I forgot or want to change my UIS password, how do I change it?.

Desktop services

University Information Services (UIS) provide students and staff with a Desktop Services (DS) account when they arrive at Cambridge. It provides access to a range of computing services, such as:

You can log in to any of these Managed Cluster Service (MCS) workstations to access your personal desktop, your DS-Filestore and a wealth of software titles. Log in with your CRSid and UIS Password.

Sidney has a Computer Suite with 15 MCS computer's (running Windows and Linux) and 1 iMac (running macOS).

Find out more:


The college operates the University's DS-Print system which allows you to print, copy and scan documents using DS-Print enabled multi-function devices (MFDs).

How do i print?

You can print to DS-Print devices from the MCS computers in the Computer Suite and from your own devices when connected to the University network.

Use the Sid_FindMe printer to print to the DS-Print service. SeeHow do I print to the college printers?.

To install and setup DS-Print on your computer, see: Can I print to the college printers from my own computer?.

Find out more here

Printers at Sidney

We have four large MFD printers (Konica Minolta Bizhub C458) that print both A3 and A4 located throughout the college. All of these printers have the ability to staple documents. These can be found in:

  • Library
  • Computer Suite
  • Hall Court Print Room (The right MFD also has a booklet function also)

Other smaller A4 only MFD printers (Konica Minolta C3350i/C3350) can be found in:

  • X staircase (first floor landing)
  • Y Staircase (cupboard outside Development)
  • Bursars PA's Office
  • Masters PA's Office
  • Tutorial Office Meeting Room
  • College Office (access only during work hours)

If you experience any issues with the printers please contact us.


Printing and copying is charged per side. Scanning to email is free. Charges will be added to your college bill at the end of each term.

You can view a list of costs: Typically, the average cost is:

Colour Size Cost (per side)
Greyscale US LETTER 10p per side
Greyscale A6 3p per side
Greyscale A5 4p per side
Greyscale A4 5p per side
Greyscale A3 10p per side
Colour US LETTER 30p per side
Colour A6 10p per side
Colour A5 15p per side
Colour A4 20p per side
Colour A3 30p per sid


Sidney Sussex uses the "local balance" system instead of the "Common Balance" system. This is shown as Sidney Sussex : "Balance" via the My DS-Print portal.

Your balance will start at £0.00 and decrease as you copy and print throughout the term. This will then be added to your College bill and your balance will be reset back to £0.00 at the end of each term.

Microsoft account

All Cambridge students will have a University of Cambridge Microsoft account which includes email, calendar, contacts and a host of other online apps. You also get free access to the entire Microsoft Office suite (Office 365 ProPlus) while you're an active member of the University.

Find out more:

To download Office 365 ProPlus, follow the instructions:

Hermes is the predecessor email service to Exchange Online (included as part of the Microsoft account) for Cambridge students and is no longer issued to new students.

If you are an existing University member and would like to migrate your Hermes account to Exchange Online, see: How do i migrate from Hermes to Exchange Online?