The U of S Network Services ID (NSID), or user name, is a unique identifier that is three letters followed by three numbers (e.g. abc123).

It is used as a username to access university computer and network services such as PAWS, email, computer labs and password protected webpages. The services that you are eligible for depend on your role at the university (student, instructor, researcher, employee alumnus, etc.)

Your NSID is automatically created for you when you become a student, instructor, researcher, employee or otherwise connected with USask.

This content applies to: 

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Student Applicants
  • Visiting Scholars
  • Special Guests and Presenters
  • Contract Workers
  • Retirees and Emeriti


  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Web


Depending on your role, your NSID provides you with access to a variety of services including, but not limited to:

  • PAWS
  • E-mail
  • My Profile
  • File Storage Space
  • Webpage Hosting Space
  • Canvas Courses (students and instructors)
  • University Password-protected Webpages
  • Computer Access in the Learning Commons, the Arts Tunnel, Student Central
  • Wireless access (uofs-secure)
  • Printing Services
  • Computer Labs


When you are admitted to USask, you will be sent your NSID/account information via email or letter.

Change your temporary password and add an alternate email recovery option into as soon as possible.

Instructors, Researchers and Employees

  • You will be provided with your NSID and a password recovery option once you start working.
  • If your NSID has not been completed when you start, your department can use the account request form to request an NSID. Please speak with your Department Assistant.

Casual Hires

Once an NSID is assigned in AboutUS, casual hires will need to contact IT Support at itsupport@usask.caor 306-966-2222 (and leave a voicemail) with the following information and indicate that they need to set up a password:

  • Their Name
  • The NSID
  • A phone number where they can be reached by IT Support


If you are a U of S Alumni who graduated prior to 2001, you will not have been assigned an NSID. You can contact Alumni Relations to obtain one.

If you graduated after 2001 but don’t know your NSID, you can contact Alumni Relations to find out what it is.

Retirees and Emeriti

Retirees and Emeriti are eligible for some services. Please refer to Retiree and Emeritus Services.


Off-campus clients, research collaborators, and organizations may be eligible for an NSID depending on their relationship with the university.

A request must come directly from a department, and they can use the account request form to request an NSID.

Your alternate, or non-University of Saskatchewan email address can help you recover your password.

If you have questions about NSID, password, and/or recovery options please contact the IT Support Services at: