Information Technology Resources

× NOTE: The Engienering computer labs are closed to all students as of March 23, 2020 to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Most Engineering software is available remotely or able to be installed on your own computer. Please see "Working From Home" below for more details.



Information Technology Help

The Engineering IT team is here to help!  Please contact us for any issues arising with software, computer labs or general IT concerns and we will see to the issue as soon as possible.  Please include a thorough description of the issue you are having.

By email:

By phone: 519-824-4120 x54900

In Person: Thornbrough Rm. 2363 

Our hours of operation are between 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Any issues arising after hours will be addressed the following business day.

Computing Facilities

The School of Engineering has six computer rooms available to students:

Room Computers Performance Class Screen Size Notes
List of School of Engineering computer rooms
Thornbrough 1004 25 Design 30 inch  
Thornbrough 1313 38 Design 27 inch  
Thornbrough 1319 71 General purpose Dual 22 inch  
Thornbrough 2313 60 General purpose 27 inch  
Thornbrough 2336 24 General purpose 24 inch  
Richards 2531 26 Design 27 inch  

All computer rooms are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for Engineering students. Your student card should allow you access to the building and labs after hours when the doors are normally locked. If you are having trouble accessing a room or building you should have access to, please contact Phil Watson in room 1140 or email

Working from Home

University of Guelph VPN Service

To access any University systems from off-campus, you will need to install and connect to the University VPN service. For instructions on doing this, please see the following pages:

Engineering Remote Lab

25 remote workstations are available to students working remotely. Click here for instructions for accessing the system.

Mapping your SOE Home Drive (H drive) from Home

Each student is allocated 4GB of network storage space on the lab computers. You can access this space from your own computer using the instructions below:

  1. Windows 10: Mapping SOE Undergraduate Home Drives on Windows 10 (PDF)
  2. Mac OS X: Mapping SOE Undergraduate Home Drives on Mac OS X (PDF)

Mapping the SOE Public Drive (P drive) from Home

The SOE public drive contains shared folders used by some courses in the School.

  1. Windows 10: Mapping SOE Public Drive on Windows 10 (PDF)


Software Access

Remotely Accessible Software

Please see the Remote Access Software List for details on which software can be accessed remotely or installed by students on their own devices.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 Education is offered free of charge to current students, staff and faculty at the University of Guelph under our current Microsoft Agreement. For more information, please click here.

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching

As a student enrolled in Engineering at Guelph, you are eligible to access a wide range of Microsoft software products free of charge including:

  • Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Project

This software can be accessed by visiting the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching Site. You will be required to authenticate with your University of Guelph credentials. Access to the site is restricted based on course registrations in the current semester. If you are an engineering student currently registered in courses and do not have access, please email .

Other Software

  • Autodesk software is available for free for eligible students through their Education Community site.
  • The University of Guelph School of Engineering is proud to be a Cadence University Program Member. You can find more information about our use of Cadence software here.

Roaming Profiles

Please see the frequently asked questions page for information related to roaming profiles.

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