Computers

Location
Vancouver, BC
Undergrads
22,908
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: I am often waiting for a computer at busy times of the day.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Printing prices are manageable but there a so few computers in the library.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I wish there were more computer labs available about campus, but what there is is very reliable and well-maintained. The campus wi-fi is strong and very fast as well.

4 College Freshman

Computers: THe printing system is very efficient, although I believe there should be a few more printing stations. It is very easy to connect your laptop to the wireless network the the internet speed is very high.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are readily available for engineering students in a variety of places

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 296th
    Fastest Internet
  • 666th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 918th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1165th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Hometown
Vancouver
Major
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
2015
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Most students have their own laptops, making computer labs almost obsolete most of the time. Computer labs can still get crowded near the end of the term for students that require high processing power and cannot afford a high-end computer for personal use. It is also important to realize that UBC provides a great amount of options in terms of IT services, such as wireless printing from your laptop. Most students are simply too ignorant to learn about these services, and as a result, hog public computers for a simple print job that can be done through their own computer. Service staffs are always around and eager to help students with questions or technical difficulties connecting their personal laptops to the UBC servers. The UBC Secure wireless network available in all university buildings is incredibly fast but also heavily monitored. While you can get up to 10 Mbps using UBC Secure, the IT office can pinpoint you and your location in a matter of minutes, as soon as they detect an illegal activity such as torrenting. If you are caught for more than one infraction, they can lock you out of the system for an entire academic year. As far as reliability goes, the network is generally very reliable. The service can black out for a few hours on average once a year, but generally it is always up and running and available when you need it.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
All University buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (during finals)
Charged to Print?
Yes
Black and white is 7 cents per page; color is 40 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
UBC is a registered education partner with Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Dell, and HP. Dell and HP computers are available at a discount in the UBC Bookstore. UBC students are eligible for discounts at Apple stores if a student ID is present. Microsoft and Adobe offer programs at a greatly reduced rate (up to 67 percent off) for UBC students via their websites. It may take a few days for Adobe and Microsoft to authenticate your UBC student status to provide discounts, though.
Did You Know?
  • Since students connect to UBC Secure using their student log-in, the IT office and RCMP can easily track illegal activity on the web usually related to torrenting.
  • Students have set up a Shakespeer server within the UBC network that has several terabits worth of movies, music, games, etc. Downloading from UBC's internal server cannot be tracked by local authorities and is 100 percent legal.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 24 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 66% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 17% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 14% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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