Second Life

Second Life Logo

Second Life (abbreviated as SL) is a virtual world developed by Linden Lab that launched on June 23, 2003 and is accessible via the Internet. A free client program called the Second Life Viewer enables its users, called Residents, to interact with each other through avatars. Residents can explore, meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another, or travel throughout the world, which residents refer to as the grid.


  • Windows Yes
  • Macintosh  Yes
  • Linux Yes 

Does NUI, Galway have a site licence for Second Life software?

Second Life is available free to download. There are no access restrictions from the NUI Galway wired or wireles (NUIGWiFi) campus network. 

How can I get Second Life software for my computer?

Can I install Second Life software on my home computer?

Second Life is available free to download

Where can I get technical support about Second Life?

Technical support is available from Second Life

Known Issues

Some Second Life users on-campus at NUI Galway may experience technical difficulties due to the particular network setting for some desktop computer connections. To resolve this issue, check that the following settings are configured in Second Life. Note that these settings apply to Windows and Macintosh users.

  1. Open Second Life 

  2. Click Me 

  3. Select Preferences 

  4. Select Setup
    Second Life Setup Image
  5. Click on Adjust Proxy Settings 

  6. Make sure all entries are blank as below, click OK
    Second Life Setup Image 2