What happens to your account when you finish your studies

Bethany Reid
Thursday 2 May 2024

After you finish your academic journey at St Andrews, you’ll gradually lose access to University services over the next six months. If you’ve got any important documents to save, make sure you give yourself enough time to do so as they will be deleted.

Your student ID card

On your graduation date, you’ll lose access to all University buildings, including the main library. As an alumni of the University, you will have access to selected online resources and for £20 a year, you can sign up to borrow print books. Bring photo ID and proof of address, which is dated within the last three months, to the Main Library Service Desk to join.

You can get into the Union as an alumnus by showing your old student ID card. This means you can sign in others in the future. Find out more about this on the Union website.


You’ll no longer have access to eduroam wifi from the day you graduate. Find out more about our guest wifi service on the IT Services website.

Home drive

It’s important that remove any files you want to keep from your home drive before you finish your studies. If you want to back up everything, we recommend creating a zip file to send to yourself. This takes up less space so can be transferred to other computers more quickly that uncompressed files.

Microsoft 365

You lose access to Microsoft 365 services, including email and OneDrive, six months after you leave; all data will be deleted. Anyone you have shared data with will need to create their own copy. Use these guides to back up what you need:

If you have used your email to sign up for non-University websites, like Amazon or Facebook, change it soon. If you don’t, it means you won’t be able to reset your password or receive email notifications for this site in future.

Moodle, MySaint and Module Management System

You lose access to student systems six months after you leave the University. If you want any copies of work you’ve submitted, do this in the Module Management System.


You will no longer be able to print when you finish your studies.

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