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Sharing and sending files

If you wish to share files with colleagues within or outside the university, you can save these files in the cloud. You can do this with Office 365 or OneDrive. If your files are too large to be send by e-mail, you can use SURFfilesender.

Office 365 and OneDrive

With Office 365 you can use the university OneDrive cloud storage. In OneDrive, the files that you need are available anywhere. You can install Office 365 and OneDrive via Software Center or the Office portal. How to do this and more information can be found on the helpdesk portal.


SURFdrive is a public cloud storage service. It is comparable to public services such as Dropbox, with the difference that with SURFdrive, your data is stored in the Netherlands. Preferably use OneDrive to store university files. You only need SURFdrive if you need to collaborate with colleagues inside or outside the university who use SURFdrive.

SURFdrive A cloud storage service to securily store, synchronise and share files.
Log in Log in with your ULCN account.
Interface Use the web interface or the desktop app. You install the desktop app via (Managed) Software Center.
Smartphone/ tablet Apps available for Andriod and iOS.

For more information, see the website of SURFdrive.


You can also save files in a public cloud environment using Dropbox. The Dropbox servers are located in the US. This means that they are subject to the Patriot Act and the American Security Services may gain access to your data. Dropbox itself can also access your data. We therefore advise you to limit your use of Dropbox to public information. Confidential data and files are better saved in OneDrive. 


SURFFilesender is a service to send (large) files via your web browser. It is comparable to WeTransfer with the difference that in SURFfileSender, the files are sent and saved via Dutch servers. This means you can send your files in a safer way. 

SURFfilesender A filesender service to securily send (large) files via your web browser.
Log in Log in with your ULCN account.

Other tools for sharing files

If you find a service for sharing or sending files that is not listed here, you may be able to access it via SURFconext. SURFconext is part of SURF - a cooperative association of Dutch educational and research institions. SURFconext provides access to more than 50 tools and supporting ICT services offered by other parties. You can access these services and tools with your ULCN account. If you use a specific service on a regular basis, you may be able to have this service included in SURFconext. For more information please contact your information manager.

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