Remote access

In order to access the university network remotely, you need:

1. VPN client

Installation instructions for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android systems

2. Server address


3. University of Konstanz account

You need to have a university account ("firstname.lastname" + password).


Via remote access we can integrate any external computer into the university network. This network includes all computers that are physically located on the university campus and are connected to each other. In order to integrate your external computer (e.g. at home) into this network, you need to establish a remote access connection.

The connection works via VPN (Virtual Private Network) that checks whether you are a university member. This is why you need to have a university account. Once your membership has been authenticated, your computer will receive a university IP address and will act as if it was a computer physically located on campus.

When would I need remote access?

Some of the university’s websites and services are only available for computers in the university network. This is especially the case with e-books, electronic journals and the Library’s subject-specific databases, where our licensing agreements limit access. Sometimes individual pages for lecturers, which include teaching materials and information, or pages protected by Secure Shell Protocol (SSH) are only accessible from the university network. Remote access allows you to go around this barrier and temporarily make any computer part of the university network. As a result, you can access our subject-specific databases from home and use services otherwise available only through the university network. You can thus have the same access to important services and information from your own home.

Important: You do not need a VPN connection to use our email or webmail services!