Concordia Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Concordia University's Virtual Private Network (VPN) service allows off-site Concordia University students access to services restricted to computers registered with Concordia IP addresses such as:

  • Library databases
  • Exchange/IMAP/POP access to Concordia University Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Special access to systems for computer system administrators

For example, if you want to access any of the above services from home and you have a subscription to an ISP such as Bell Sympatico or Videotron then you will need to use the Concordia University VPN service.

The Concordia University VPN service is solely for academic or work related use. While using the VPN service, your computer becomes part of the university network and is subject to Concordia University's Policy on Computing Facilities. It is important to note that file-sharing and peer-to-peer applications, such as Kazaa, Gnutella, and BitTorrent are forbidden on the Concordia network. Use of these types of programs may result in immediate suspension of your VPN account. Please ensure that these applications are not running prior to connecting to the Concordia VPN service.

Note: During an active VPN session, all of your internet traffic is routed through Concordia University's network. This will result in lower response times when accessing non-Concordia internet resources. Some internet resources will not be available at all because they are blocked at Concordia University's gateway. Please disconnect your VPN session if you are not using Concordia University services.

What you need in order to use the Concordia University VPN service: 

  • An active NetName account.
  • Cisco VPN Client software installed and configured on your computer.

VPN Software Client Downloads and Configuration

Click on the link which corresponds to your operating system to download and configure the installation software.


Please do not hesitate to contact the IITS Service Desk at 514-848-2424 ext. 7613 or by email at help@concordia.ca

The Service Desk will require the following information:

  • Netname
  • Description of the error. (If possible, include a screenshot.)
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