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Being an OU student
Being an OU student

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5.1 Your academic email address

As an OU student you have an academic email address. You don’t have to use it – you can continue to use an existing email address for us to contact you so you don’t have an additional inbox to check.

If you want to get student discounts, however, you might need to supply and verify an academic email address.

If you're eligible, you will find your OU email address, ending in, under ‘Contact details’ on your StudentHome profile page.

Using your academic email address

To use this email address you’ll need to sign up to Office 365, which is another free benefit to being an OU student. You’ll find out more about this in the next section.


Studying on OpenLearn does not make you eligible for the academic email address or Office 365. You do not get access to these until you register onto a paid OU module.