DeakinSync provides all the information and systems you are likely to need whilst studying at Deakin – all in the one place including:

  • Mail – send and receive emails using your Deakin email account
  • CloudDeakin –  access course materials, assessment, communication and collaboration with teaching staff and students in your unit
  • StudentConnect – manage your enrolmeny, update your details and pay your fees
  • OneDrive – up to 1TB of secure, backed-up personal storage
  • Chat – talk to others from anywhere, instant messaging, video chat and more
  • Calendar – manage your schedule and see whats on for the day including lectures, exams and other events you have subscribed to.
  • People – keep track of your contacts, inside and outside of Deakin
  • Microsoft tools – free Microsoft Office software for use anywhere, anytime
  • Portfolio – store, organise, reflect on and share items that represent your learning


CloudDeakin is extremely important for all students as it is the online learning space for course materials, assessment, communication and collaboration with teaching staff and students in your units. 'Welcome to CloudDeakin' provides you with information to help you get the most out of CloudDeakin.

IT help

Check out the IT Help site for important information you'll want to know about, particularly at the start of the academic year.

Course Materials

New cloud (online) students will also receive the following publications in the mail:

  • A-Z to Deakin for off-campus students - now known as cloud(online)
  • iDeal Language brochure
  • UniStart brochure

Haven't received your materials yet?

There are several reasons why your publications might not be delivered to you by the start of trimester. These include:

  • Having the wrong information on your enrolment record, which means that you will need to make sure you update this with the correct information
  • Incorrect or incomplete address details
  • Late changes to enrolment details (in particular, the addition of units)

To ensure you receive all your publications, check your postal and enrolment details in StudentConnect (and update if necessary). 


Within your unit materials, your Unit Chair will outline if you are required to purchase a textbook. You can also access a Student Booklist which lists the materials required for all units.

There are a number of ways you can buy your textbooks, including:

DUSA Bookshop
You can buy books online or by visiting a DUSA bookshop on campus. The DUSA Bookshop also offers a 2nd Hand Books service.


Many textbooks are also available in the Library.  However it's important to check availability as they may be on reserve (two-hour loan) or have restricted borrowing durations. There are a wide range of Library services available to off-campus students, including a number of borrowing options and help with topic research. Online resources can be accessed using any internet connection and your Deakin Card.  The Library also has online tutorials to help you find materials for your assignments and research.

Study Skills

Visit the Study Skills website for resources and information about online workshops in an eLive classroom. Topics include assignment writing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism.You can also email Study Skills or make an appointment for a consultation via phone, email or eLive.

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