Connecting Remotely

Internet access to the Brown Computer Science Department network is restricted by a firewall. The firewall protects our computers from outside attackers, but it also limits the ways legitimate users can access the department.

This page describes how to get at department computing resources from outside the department.

What does remote access let me do?

You can:

You cannot:

See the Remote Access page for information about connecting to the CS Department.

See Connecting in the CIT page for information about access from within the CIT building.


How to connect to the department and your home directory using VS Code:


  1. Have an active VPN connection.
  2. Open VS Code and select the "Remote Explorer" icon in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover your cursor over "SSH TARGETS" and select the + icon.
  4. Type: ssh <your_brown_username>


Awesome, you should be connected now! (congrats) Now, let's access your home folder as your default directory.


  1. Select the "Explorer" icon in the left sidebar.
  2. Select the blue button "Open Folder."
  3. Select your home folder from the modal window.