Being an OU student
Being an OU student

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Being an OU student

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.

For your academic email address you’ll need to know your OUCU (OU computer username). You’ll find this on emails the OU has sent you and you might have already used it to sign in to your OU account. You can also find it in your contact details [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]  on StudentHome.

Your OU academic email address is OUCU@ou.ac.uk (for example abc123@ou.ac.uk).

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.

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