Get a SUNet ID
The SUNet ID is a unique 3-8 character account name that identifies you as a member of the Stanford community. The term stands for the Stanford University Network, and a SUNet ID gains you access to Stanford's computing resources and services. When beginning to work with Stanford, a SUNet ID is often the first thing you need, before you can set up any other services. Your SUNet ID is a permanent and visible part of your Stanford identity:
- It appears in your Stanford email address:
- It appears in your Stanford web page URL:
- It is your unique identifier and/or login ID in many of Stanford's online systems
- It remains identified with you permanently, even if you leave Stanford and return
There are two types of SUNet ID:
A University Eligible ID is available to all currently registered students, as well as regular faculty and staff. Hospital staff are automatically entitled to a base-level version of this status (SUNet ID and password, and a StanfordWho directory listing), but may be sponsored for full service, which includes email. You can read about the details of the different service levels; Lane Library also has specific information about hospital staff SUNet IDs.
Anyone who is not University Eligible, but requires a SUNet ID, is sponsored by a department at Stanford. A sponsored individual must sign up for a SUNet ID, and the individual’s sponsor must confirm the sponsorship within two weeks. Once the sponsorship is confirmed, the SUNet ID is activated in 4-6 hours. Sponsored SUNet IDs are valid for fixed periods of time, and may have restrictions that University Eligible SUNet IDs do not.