Setting up a Bloomberg Account
For first time users, you will need to set up a login name and
To access the Bloomberg terminal, you will need to log into designated
On the Fairfax campus these are located in Enterprise 76. Room
access code: 0324108.
On the Arlington Campus the Bloomberg terminal is located in the
business suite on the fourth floor.
The following information is needed to access the computer:
Find the Bloomberg icon on the desktop to access Bloomberg.
Double-click the icon.
Press the enter () key or the blue text directly under
You will be prompted for a login and password. If this is the
first time that you have used Bloomberg, press "Create a New Login" to
create a login name and password (blue text towards the bottom of the
screen). In the first screen that returns to you, click "NO" to the
prompt, "Have you ever been a Bloomberg client" Press "continue".
In the next screen, (User Information) you will be prompted for
your personal information (name) and a password. Make sure that you
provide both a work and mobile number (they can be the same), and use
your Mason email address. Press "continue".
In order to proceed, Bloomberg will send you a validation code.
Choose how you would like receive the code (Bloomberg recommends using
SMS Text Message for speed). You will want to choose SMS Text next to
your mobile number. Press "send code".
Once you receive the validation code on your mobile, type the
validation code, and press "create login".
A screen will return to you with Bloomberg's selected Login Name.
You may change your login name at this point (some students want it to
match their userid for Mason). After typing in a new username, press
enter. The system will determine if it is a unique ID and will ask
you to confirm the new login name that you have chosen. Remember your
login name and password. You will use this in the future to access
Once your login name is established, press "2 to Login" at the
top of the screen.
Log in with your login name and password.
Congratulations! You are in Bloomberg.
The first time after logging in, you will have a default menu. I
recommend leaving the defaults (US and English) as is. Press "1
to Save" at the top of the screen. It will return to you with a
message at the top "Settings saved".
Several screens will be available to you.
In the prompt box (you will see that near the top left hand part
of your screen -- it is the BLUE blinking prompt), you want to type in
BU and select "Bloomberg University" in the drop down screen that
Choose "Online Training". This will take you to online videos (or
text) that you can watch (or read) to become more familiar with the
system. Press "View training videos"if you wish to view the videos;
press "Access training documents" to receive them as text. You can
save the text files as PDFs and read them later.
In addition, use the cheat sheet that you have been provided with
this set of instructions. It will help you navigate Bloomberg more
If you wish to save any information, make sure that you bring a
USB with you. You may also save it in the Download directory and
email the information to yourself.
When you are finished using Bloomberg, please log completely out
of Bloomberg and the computer.