SURFdrive: store and share your files securely in the cloud

Store, synchronise and share your documents easily with SURFdrive. SURFdrive is a personal cloudservice for the Dutch education and research. Your documents are kept safe and sound in our communitycloud. 


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SURFdrive for institutions

SURFdrive is the personal cloud storage service for Dutch education and research. It allows your users to easily store, synchronise, and share files in our secure and reliable community cloud.

Secure and easy data sharing

Commercial cloud storage services are often free of charge. But where is the data stored and what happens to it? We offer a secure alternative: SURFdrive. We developed this service in close collaboration with the ICT directors of the research and other universities themselves. With SURFdrive, your users can easily share files with one another. All this takes place in our secure community cloud, with a large amount of storage space.

500 GB storage

All users get a virtual drive with 500 GB of storage space. Thanks to the good synchronization you can access your files at any time and from any location, even offline. You can also give others access to the files in your drive. The data is always sent encrypted over the networks.


Among other things, SURFdrive offers:

  • offline synchronization, so you always have your files at your fingertips
  • easy and secure file sharing within education and research
  • document sharing with external parties
  • optimization for use with a smartphone and/or tablet
  • backup & recovery of 30 days
  • availability of 99.5%

Privacy en security

Privacy en veiligheid

In order to guarantee you a safe and reliable service, the information security within SURFdrive meets high standards. These standards can be read in the SURF Legal Framework for Standards (Cloud) Services. This is the guideline for all agreements concerning services. With SURFdrive, we comply with Dutch and European privacy legislation. For example, SURFdrive has terms of use that guarantee safe use: you always remain the owner of your data. This data is stored securely in the Netherlands and is of course not passed on to third parties, not even by us.

Access to SURFdrive

If you purchase SURFdrive from us, you manage user access yourself. Logging in is easy via SURFconext. With SURFconext you can access your data via your settings account. You can use SURFdrive from a computer, tablet or smartphone based on Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS and Android.

Rates for 2020

SURFdrive is available to anyone connected to the SURF network. If you would like to purchase SURFdrive from us, you can choose between two packages. We have agreed with universities that they will always purchase the second package:

  • A package of 175 euros per month, or 2,100 euros per year. This package entitles you to a maximum of 50 accounts. Each additional account costs 3.40 euros per month.
  • A package of 2,190 euros per month, or 26,280 euros per year. This package entitles you to a maximum of 750 accounts. Each additional account costs 1,50 euro per month. (If your institution wants to buy more than 640 accounts, this variant is cheaper than the first one).

More information

Are you interested or would you like more information about SURFdrive?

Apply for SURFdrive