Incoming exchange students enrolled in regular courses (like Erasmus students) get the full range of services as students. It includes a UNICAN Account (username/password) and a student’s mailbox.
As a student you must get your user account and regularly consult your UNICAN (@alumnos.unican.es) mailbox.
Long term visiting faculty (paid by the University of Cantabria) also get the full range of services as faculty members.
Short term visiting faculty, staff and students (such Language Center (CIUC) summer students), are not eligible for a regular UNICAN Account, but they can get other services such Wifi
How to get your UNICAN Account
You can get your UNICAN account using your alternative email address. You should have provided an alternative email address (like a personal address) during your enrollment. With your alternative email address and your ID Card number (usually your passport number or whatever you have provided as ID during the enrollment process) you can get your unican account details.
Remember that your password must be at least 8 characters long and must meet some complexity requirements (it must have, at least, Uppercase and Lowercase characters and digits).
Besides, you should get your student's card (called TUI) at the beginning of the term. If you don’t get it, please ask the International Relations Office
Together with your UNICAN account, your Student ID Card (TUI) is the identification you need to access the university services (IT Services, Library, student discounts, ..).
Access your student’s email and more
Once you have your UNICAN user account, you can access your student’s email (with 50 GB capacity) from:
With your UNICAN account you can also access your academic record in the student’s portal (Campus Virtual
) and the UC's e-learning platform (Aula Virtual
There are more services available with your UNICAN account such web publishing, a 1 TB personal Online Disk, free software, Instant Messaging for UC students..
For further information and instructions about how to configure your smartphone, visit our website in Spanish.
How to access the UNICAN Wifi Network
The Wifi network at the University of Cantabria covers all the buildings and some outdoors areas of the main campus. There are two SSIDs (identifiers): UNICAN-i and Eduroam
You can get more information about the Wifi network at the UC and how to configure it in these pages. Most exchange students configure and use the Eduroam SSID because it can be used with tablets and smartphones aside from personal computers.
Remember that with your UNICAN Account you can access the Wi-Fi Network
as any regular UNICAN student.
Access to Computer Rooms
We have over 1500 PCs for students in our public computer rooms (Salas de Informática). There's at least one computer room on every building for you to use.
Every computer is equipped with a smart card reader and you must identify yourself with your university’s Student ID Card (TUI).
You can get more information here
(only available in Spanish)
Printing and Copying
For your convenience, almost all the schools and faculties have their own Print and Copy Service. The P&C Services have long opening hours and they are located in the main public areas of the building.
SIUC (Sistema de Impresión de la Universidad de Cantabria), is the pay-per-use system that allows UNICAN users to print, photocopy and scan from the public/library computers or even their own computers, tablets or smartphones, using public printers and multifunctional devices (print+copy+scan devices). To access this service you will need your UNICAN account.
In order to print or photocopy you will also need to have enough balance in your account at SIUC. You can recharge your account with an online credit card payment beginning with amounts as small as 5€.