User account activation

All of our IT services are linked to your account. Whether you are a student or an employee you need to activate your account before you can access our IT-systems. For the majority of students it will be possible to activate your account starting the 1.st of August each year.


How to activate your account

International students without a Norwegian social security number must also choose the item “student” to activate the account. Before you can activate your account, you need to have your National ID number (SO-nummer) ready.

At our self service user account website portal you may activate your account and/or change your password.

Activate account or change password

New students at USN will receive their temporary 11-digit number (SO-numbers) during the first days of orientation and start-up, on campus.  International students can therefore not activate their accounts until the temporary 11-digit number (SO-number) have been recieved.

For employees

You will receive your user account after registration as an employee. All employees are required to accept the USNs IT-rules and regulations. At our self service user account website portal you may activate your account and/or change your password.

All USN IT-services use the same username and password, except ESS.

Please keep your password private and change it if you suspect that it has been compromised. The IT-department may require employees to change their password.

Rules for passwords

  • Minimum length is 8 characters; we recommend at least 10.
  • The password must contain elements from at least three of these categories:
  • Lower case letter (a-z)
  • Capital letter (A-Z)
  • Digit (0-9)
  • Special character (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/) Note that the keyboard position of  special characters may vary with your selected keyboard language setting.

You may use a sentence as a password, as long as the above rules are fulfilled.

Your password may not contain your name (first, last, middle) or username.