Study @ Unisa

Connect online

Computers and the internet are becoming more and more essential in the workplace, in life and in education. At Unisa, these online tools play a huge role in your study experience, because you don’t attend face-to-face lectures at Unisa - you connect to your university from a distance.

The internet is simply the fastest, most effective and efficient way to do that. By embracing computers and encouraging you to use the internet, we’re better preparing you for the demands of the digital age.

Connect online


Once your registration is activated, you can connect with Unisa via myUnisa. Click here for information on how to claim your myUnisa account.

Unisa’s online student platform is the university’s most important study tool. It is how you will communicate with Unisa and how Unisa will communicate with you.

myLife e-mail account

Registered Unisa students all get a free myLife e-mail account. Important information, notices and updates are sent exclusively to this account.

Please note that it can take up to 24 hours for your account to become available after you have claimed your myUnisa account.


Be sure to give us your mobile number (you can update it on myUnisa), as we sometimes SMS relevant changes / updates to you.

Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of online storage

Get Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of online storage, free of charge. Microsoft Office 365 is an integrated service that provides you with access to a set of Microsoft tools, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and One Drive. These can be installed on three devices.

OneDrive gives you 1TB of online storage. With Office 365, you have the perfect place to store all your personal files. All your files will be stored online, which means that you'll be able to access them anytime, anywhere, by logging in to your 365 account using your Unisa myLife e-mail address and password.

Browse Unisa's websites for free

Unisa has teamed up with Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom to ensure that you won't pay any data costs when visiting myUnisa or the Unisa website. This means that you can visit any Unisa website (any website with a Unisa address) for free! You can also download most of your study material from a Unisa website, free of charge. If, however, you visit any other website, such as YouTube and online journals - even if it forms part of your prescribed or recommended study resources - you will have to pay the relevant data costs for visiting non-Unisa websites and downloading content from them.

Social media Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube are great channels through which to share ideas, find other students, ask questions and generally stay informed.
Unisa Radio Internet-based Unisa Radio is a vibrant and informative platform of information and topics focused on our Unisa students. Its programming consists of music, informative interviews and talk shows.
Digital access centres (telecentres)   Through the digital access centres, Unisa students have access to computers with internet access in rural areas throughout South Africa. Digital access centres (previously known as telecentres) are private facilities equipped with computers connected to the internet, printers, photocopiers, scanners, faxes, telephones, and so on. Administrators are also on hand to assist students.
Learning online skills

If you don't know how to use a computer, there are numerous online courses that teach basic computer skills.

It's important to understand a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer), how to receive and send e-mails, and how to search the internet. The Goodwill Community Foundation has over 750 free online classes available.

Guidelines for online behaviour

The general guidelines for online behaviour are often referred to as “netiquette” and these can include respecting others’ opinions in discussion forums, keeping messages concise, avoiding bad language and sarcasm, and so on.

myUnisa, our student platform, is an online environment focused on learning. It is a space where you can express your opinions about learning matters even if your opinions differ from what others are saying.

Formal electronic Unisa sites should be used for formal study purposes only. Unisa sites may not be used for private communication or advertising. No third party should be given access to any of these sites. Misuse of these sites could result in you not being permitted to study further at Unisa.

Last modified: 2020/02/11