Your student email account is considered a full google account. You will be able to login to various google services using this email address and password, just remember to use your full email address as your username.
You can also access your email on a mobile device by simply installing the Gmail application from whichever OS your device is running for example Google Play or Apple App Store.
When adding your email, use your full email address and password. Also, when going through add account configuration you can safely un-check most of the sync items like contacts, books, music, and movies. The main items you should have checked is Email and Calendar, the others are optional.
If you prefer to use a different application to manage your email, you can use the below guide to help with setting up your account.