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Off-Campus Access FAQ

How do I set up my computer to use a proxy server or VPN?

Use the URLs below to learn more about these services on your campus and to get instructions for getting started.

Campus Remote access to library resources via
UCB proxy server, VPN
UCD VPN
UCI VPN
UCLA BOL proxy server, VPN
UCM VPN
UCR VPN
UCSB proxy server, VPN
UCSC OCA proxy, VPN
UCSD VPN, webVPN
UCSF proxy server
UCOP Use the Service Hub to request a VPN connection or call (510) 987-0457 for assistance.

Note: Use of UCOP’s VPN service is also necessary to access UC-licensed resources when connected to the Internet via UCOP’s wireless networks.

Where do I report a problem with off-campus access?

You need to contact your campus proxy service or VPN support staff directly to report problems. Information about where to report problems is available on the campus web sites listed above.

What is a proxy server?

A proxy server acts as an intermediary between your computer and vendor web sites so that these websites think that your off-campus computer is on campus (accessing from a valid UC IP address).

What is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows secure communication through public computer networks. VPNs use encryption and other security mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted. VPNs provide more functionality than proxy servers.

Who is eligible to use a proxy server or VPN?

At most campuses, staff and faculty with UC appointments and all students in UC degree-granting programs are eligible; to find out if you are eligible, please consult the section of your campus web site listed above.

UC alumni are NOT eligible.