Guest Wireless Access at Northwestern

At a Glance

  • Eligibility: All
  • Cost: N/A
  • Request Service: Choose the "Guest-Northwestern" network, accept the University's Acceptable Use policy, and provide contact information and a sponsor for the University visit
  • Completion Target: Self-service
  • Service Owner: NUIT
  • Support:

NU Wireless Access Sign. NU with a signal tower radiating concentric circles.While visiting Northwestern, campus guests can connect to the Guest-Northwestern wireless network from most wireless access points.* Look for the NUIT Wireless Access signage indicating wireless locations on Chicago and Evanston campuses.

Guest wireless is a free service intended for use by visitors requiring short-term access to the wireless network to perform general Internet activities.  It is an unsecured connection and should not be used to send or receive sensitive information.

eduroam at Northwestern is available to visitors from other eduroam-enabled institutions wherever the Northwestern wireless network is provided on campus.

Members of the Northwestern community who hold a Northwestern NetID should continue to use the "Northwestern" network.

*NUIT is scheduled to complete an expansion of wireless access points by adding approximately 700 wireless access points to the Evanston and Chicago campuses by the end of 2013. 

Guest Wireless Benefits and Features

  • Seven-day renewable access window
  • 3 Mbps upload/download bandwidth per registered device
  • Widely available across Evanston and Chicago campuses
  • Grants general web browsing, email, and external Virtual Private Network (VPN) access

Guest Wireless Registration

When a guest arrives on campus and attempts to access the Internet using a computer or other mobile device, they should choose "Guest-Northwestern" in the list of networks presented.  During registration, guests are required to accept the University's acceptable use policy and provide their contact information and the name of the individual or organization sponsoring their University visit.


Access is granted for a seven-day period that begins at the time of registration.  Guests may re-register as needed.

Visitors who plan to be at the University for an extended period, or who require access to University resources not available on the "Guest-Northwestern" wireless should contact the authorized administrator of their sponsoring department to request a Guest, Affiliate, or Departmental NetID.

Additional Information

Support Contacts

Support Contact:

IT Support Center
Central service desk for students, faculty, and staff.
847-491-4357 (1-HELP)
Submit a Support Request