Frequently Asked Questions


When will my Athens account expire?

Our answer:

Please note that all Athens accounts belonging to students on SOAS distance learning programmes expired on the 31st December 2023 and will not be renewed.

All University of London students' personal Athens usernames and passwords are set to expire on 31st December each year. The 31st December was chosen to ensure that any students who need to re-sit any examinations still have access to their Library resources. At the beginning of December, the Online Library Team will automatically renew the accounts of all eligible fully registered students to 31st December of the following year. You therefore have no need to worry about having a valid Athens account and have access to your Library resources for the whole duration of your programme of study.

Please note that almost all students do not need an Athens account and can log into the Online Library using their Portal username and password.