Campus Wireless Information

UCSC offers the following wireless services:

  • CruzNet: Unsecure wireless service available to faculty, staff, students, and guests. 
  • eduroam: Secure wireless service available to faculty, staff, students. This service may be utilized at other universities as well.
  • ResWiFi: Secure wireless service available to students and staff living on campus in the residential halls. 

CRUZNET: CruzNet is the UCSC 802.11g wireless network on campus. If you have a laptop computer with a wireless network card, you'll be able to use CruzNet. 802.11b cards are compatible with CruzNet as well. CruzNet is an open access unencrypted wireless network for devices with Internet browsers. Login is not required. CruzNet should not be used for university work involving student records or other sensitive or confidential information. CruzNet website

EDUROAM: eduroam is the secure, world-wide roaming wireless access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam is the free encrypted wireless service at UC Santa Cruz that allows students, faculty, staff, and visitors from other participating institutions, to connect securely to the Internet. eduroam website

RESWIFI: ResWiFi is a new secure wireless service for UCSC students and staff living on campus in the residential halls. As of summer 2017, 25 residential halls have this service with more areas planned for future implementation. ResWiFi website


Personal wireless routers are allowed in most residence halls, excluding Stevenson, Cowell, Oakes, College 9, and College 10 (see above). Due to interference and security issues ResNet recommends that students follow the necessary steps while setting up their wireless routers. If students are not familiar with router setup, they are strongly encouraged to bring their router to ResNet. 

Do not share your access password as you are responsible for any policy violations (including applicable DCMA copyright policies) that may take place through your access point. Be aware that the wireless router must be set up properly. If you do want to attempt configuration yourself, please follow the following steps listed to ensure proper setup: