What to bring

If you’re a new student, find out what IT equipment you’ll need, what you need to bring yourself, and what is likely to be provided by the University.

Do I need a computer of my own?

Although the University doesn’t ask you to bring any digital device with you, most students have their own laptop. If you haven’t got one, check with your college about what they provide. Colleges, departments and libraries often provide computing facilities
of some kind but specifications and availability vary. Individual colleges may also lend laptops to students who can’t afford to buy their own.

What do most people bring?

Almost all students bring at least one digital device to Oxford, mainly a laptop and/or a smartphone. Some students use a tablet, but you might find the on-screen keyboard less convenient for writing essays. E-book readers such as Kindle are also a good
idea, especially if your course involves extensive reading, as many books are available in digital format free of charge.

There are no restrictions on the make, model, operating system or software of your digital devices, but individual departments may have specific recommendations and should let you know about these. For example, students reading science subjects are more
likely to use software that runs on Unix/Linux systems.

If your subject involves specialist applications that need a lot of computing power, your department is likely to have a computer suite where you can use them.


Don't forget to bring all your software CDs, warranty and licence documents to University with you.


Do I need a mobile device?

Email and other forms of digital communication are central to both academic and social life at Oxford. You’ll often be notified of changes to rooms or tutorial times by email, and many social events are organised through Facebook. So you will probably
want to have a smartphone or other digital device to hand during the day.

Some students take their laptops out and about with them, while others prefer to keep them in their rooms. Most libraries have plugs where mobile devices can be charged and used.

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