Free web conferencing for students with Zoom

November 26, 2019

IT Services (ITS) contracted with Zoom Video Communications as the web conferencing provider for the University of Chicago. As a student, you have access to a free Zoom account at

Zoom features and services include the following:

Join meetings easily from your desktop or mobile device.

Record meetings and classes locally or to the cloud. Recordings saved to the cloud can be transcribed and searchable using Zoom’s beta transcription feature.

Enjoy enhanced collaboration features: screen sharing, participant polling, chat, real-time annotation of documents, interactive whiteboards, and breakout rooms.

Add Zoom meetings to your classes on Canvas for virtual office hours and student study groups.

Exceptional video and audio quality for meetings and classes, in compliance with FERPA/HIPAA requirements.

Visit the Zoom page on the ITS website for resources to get started using your free Zoom account. If you have questions about your account, contact the ITS conferencing team at