Usyd Canvas Login Step-by-Step Guide 2022

usyd canvas login guide

Usyd Canvas is the University of Sydney’s online learning space.

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How to log into usyd canvas

To log in;

  1. Navigate to
  2. Enter your username (Unikey)
  3. Enter your password
  4. Click on “Log in” to sign in to your dashboard.
usyd canvas login page
usyd canvas login page

Using your UniKey and password, you can log in to University systems to do things like checking your email, access resources for your course, check when your library loan is due, and vary your enrolment.

You will need to update your password for other apps (such as Canvas) or where it has been stored by your browser. You will be prompted to enter your UniKey and new password to log in again.

What you’ll find in usyd canvas

In Usyd Canvas, you can access learning material for each unit of study you are enrolled in. Each unit will have its own site that will usually include:

  • the unit of study outline
  • learning resources such as lecture notes and recordings, interactive videos, links to readings and articles
  • communication tools such as announcements and discussions
  • activities including quizzes
  • assignment submission
  • a calendar where you can view and download important course dates
  • the unit of study coordinator contact details
  • You can access your units in Canvas for the entire time you are a student at the University. Once a semester has finished you will still be able to review content and files from past subjects, but won’t be able to submit assignments, take quizzes or add to discussions.

What is UniKey?

Your UniKey is a unique ID and password that will give you access to systems and resources at the University, including usyd canvas. It will have the format: abcd1234.

Your UniKey is emailed to you after you accept your offer and enrolment has opened for your course. You will have it for the duration of your candidature as a student at the University.

As your UniKey is provided to you for access to study-related resources, it will expire when you stop studying or during a break in your studies. Find out more about UniKey expiry.

Remember to keep your UniKey details safe, as it allows access to your information and is necessary to complete tasks related to your study.

You can change your UniKey password online.

Usyd canvas password reset

If you forgot your usyd canvas password, you can either reset it via email or SMS depending on the verification method you used.

Reset your password via SMS (forgotten password)

This option involves an SMS message and is available if a mobile phone number has been set up in password management. To reset your password via SMS, follow the steps below.

  1. On your computer, at the single sign-on screen, select Forgot password.
  2. In the Username field, enter your UniKey.
  3. Select Reset via SMS.
  4. A verification SMS message will be sent to your smartphone. Enter the six-digit code from the message in the Enter Code prompt on your computer.
  5. Click Verify.
  6. Answer your secret question and click Reset Password.
  7. Enter your new password in both boxes. Note: You can only change your password once a day, and your new password must comply with password requirements.
  8. Click Reset Password.

Reset your password via email (forgotten password)

This option is available if you have a secondary email address set up in password management. To reset your usyd canvas password via your email;

  1. On your computer, at the single sign-on screen, select Forgot password.
  2. In the Username field, enter your UniKey.
  3. Select Reset via Email.
  4. An email will be sent to your University and secondary email address, valid for 60 minutes. Open the email and select Reset Password.
  5. You will be directed to the single sign-on screen. Answer your secret question and click Reset Password.
  6. Enter your new password in both boxes.
  7. Click Reset Password.

After 15 January 2021, if it’s your first time signing into the new single sign-on page and you’ve forgotten your password, contact the Shared Services Centre on 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) or +61 2 8627 1444 (and select ICT) if you’re outside of Australia or email

If you have not entered either a secondary email or mobile number, you will need to continue to contact the Shared Service Centre for forgotten password assistance.


How do I change my course?

If you decide to change what you’re studying you may be able to transfer your course internally. You will always apply directly to the University but the application process can vary depending on what you’re studying and the new course you are considering.

Forgotten your Student Identification Number?

Your Student Identification Number (SID) is a unique nine-digit number that identifies you as a student at the University. If you’ve forgotten your SID, you can find it in Sydney Student. Go to ‘My details’ and then ‘Personal details’. Alternatively you will also find your SID on your student card.

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