Most have a Gmail account or a UCSB Connect Account. Connect is the UCSB branding of Gmail Applications for Education. To access your email login to https://gmail.com and use your UCSBnetID@ucsb.edu as your username when you login.
The ways you can access your email are many:
- Web Browser - go to https://www.gmail.com
- Phone/Tablet - download the gmail application
- Thunderbird/Postbox/Outlook - these are windows or mac applications that you can configure to access your email via the IMAP protocol. Please see the information (about Google) at http://www.connect.ucsb.edu/usage/google-apps/generic-client for configuration.
If you are a student, you'll also have a U-Mail account, which is hosted via Microsoft Office 365. You can access that email via a web browser @ http://www.umail.ucsb.edu/