Frequently Asked Questions


How can I change my student email address to an alumni email address?

Your student email account will expire around a year after your graduation. To switch over to an alumni email address, get in touch with the IT helpdesk on You’ll need to do this before your student account expires, as the IT team won’t be able to reactivate it afterwards.


How do I get an alumni library card?

There are two types of alumni cards, a reference only card and a borrowing card. Both allow you to enter the SOAS buildings and library, but the borrowing library card also enables you to take out up to six books per month. The reference only card is free and the borrowing card is £60 per year.

To get your alumni card, visit our alumni office (Room 116, Main College Building) and we will make a card for you. Please bring some form of photo ID with you. The alumni office is open Monday - Friday 9:30 - 5:00pm. We are currently trialling opening later on Tuesdays, until 6:30pm.


Do I get JSTOR access?

Yes, you can find instructions here.


Can I use wifi and computers in the library?

Yes. When you go to the library, go to the IT helpdesk next to the reference desk and they will assist you.


Can I access the library’s online resources?

You can access the library’s online resources while inside SOAS. When outside SOAS, you have access to JSTOR and Project MUSE.


Can I get a copy of my transcript/degree certificate?

The Registry can provide transcripts for most undergraduate and modularised taught postgraduate programmes. For more information please visit the Registry page here.


I didn’t actually graduate, am I still an alumus/ alumna/ alumni?

Yes. You were still part of the SOAS family and we are happy to welcome you into our alumni community


​How do I get a discount at the SOAS Language Centre?

SOAS alumni get a 10% discount. You will need to speak to a language adminstrator when applying for your discount


​How do I become a member of the SOAS alumni network?

You automatically become a member of the SOAS alumni network when you complete your course at SOAS. After your graduation you could update your details with us to ensure the SOAS alumni team can keep in touch with you.


How do I stay in touch and update my details with the SOAS Alumni team?

It's simple, just fill out our update form and we'll send you regular updates. You can unsubscribe anytime.


Why do you need my contact details?

We hope you'll stay in touch with us. We want to let you know about events, benefits and discounts that are available to you as part of the SOAS alumni network.


How do I advertise a job to SOAS alumni and/or students?

Careers and professional development is a core element of the alumni relations programme at SOAS, providing opportunities for both SOAS alumni and current students. If you have a suitable job vacancy, send the details to the careers team at and we'll circulate the post in partnership with the SOAS Careers team. 


How do I make a donation to SOAS?

Visit our giving pages to learn how and why you should give to SOAS.


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