All eligible members of the U-M community on the Ann Arbor campus receive the standard computing services (formerly known as the Basic Computing Package) at no charge. See Getting a Uniqname, MCommunity Directory Profile, and Computing Services for details about how new members of the U-M community get access to standard computing services.
Those eligible to receive the services include all Ann Arbor U-M students who are listed by their department as "Active in Program," all faculty (including emeritus faculty), and all full-time or part-time staff. Questions about eligibility can be directed to the ITS Service Center.
The standard computing services include:
Frequently Asked Questions about the Standard Computing Services
M+Google account. Includes Google Mail, Calendar, Docs/Drive, Google+, Contacts, Sites, and more
(Medical students and some others use email and calendaring services provided by the U-M Health System instead of Google Mail and Calendar.*)
M+Box. Cloud file storage with version control. Box apps allow for easy collaboration with others. (50 GB)
A profile in the MCommunity Directory
ITS Service Center assistance with the standard computing services
Optional Services: The following services are automatically provisioned for students, faculty and staff affiliated with the College of Engineering. Other members of the U-M community who are eligible for the Standard Computing Services may self-provision themselves to receive these services using the AFS Self-Provisioning Tool.
Andrew File System (AFS). Central U-M file storage with daily backup.
Login Service. The Login Service provides access to Pine for email, programming languages, and other computing resources.
Statistics and Computation Service. The Statistics and Computation Service provides access to servers where you can run computationally intensive or long-running programs.
For more information about standard computing services, see Understanding Your Standard Computing Services (S4260).
* Due to various federal regulations that place restrictions on how sensitive regulated data is handled, a number of Ann Arbor groups—such as Health System Exchange users and some research units—do not use Google Mail and Calendar. People in those units do not receive access to those two applications through their Google Apps UMICH accounts.
** A term is defined as a four-month period beginning January, May or September.