It's pretty convenient to bring your own computer to Carleton but not a necessity. The majority of students do bring them, and it's a safe bet that at least one roommate would bring one to school. The network is well maintained, and they usually do service on it on Friday nights when the least amount of students need to use them. Most professors take advantage of the interconnected network and place coursework and reading material in class folders on the Internet. E-mail is the preferred method of communication, so make sure to check your inbox on a regular basis.
Public computer labs are generally crowded, especially during finals. It's best to get there early and claim it by leaving your work open at the computer with notes, books, pillow, and sleeping bag. The biggest problem with printers is the frequent toner shortage due to the amount of printing that's done. However, the computing staff fixes printer and computer difficulties in no time. For those with laptops, the library and a couple of other buildings have Ethernet ports that are easily accessible. Laptops are the best bet as far as having your own computer goes-it is more convenient to carry your computer around campus than to have a large PC bolted to your desk.