The University provides many public computers for student use, but with such a large amount of people on campus, there aren't enough for everybody. This especially affects students who commute to campus every day—they face the daily struggle of grabbing a computer in one of the labs, and many have to wait at least 10 to 15 minutes for a public computer. So, if you're planning on living on campus or will be driving to campus daily, it would be wise to bring a computer. Without your own, there is no guarantee that you will have access to a computer when you need it.
When using the public computers, there are some things you need to know. The computers themselves are easy to use, but printing can be another story. It’s not free, so in order to print, you must have money on your Cardinal Card (student ID). And, sometimes the machines malfunction and won't take your card, so if you need to print something at the last minute and your card won’t work, you're up the creek without a paddle. However, there are a few places where students can print for free, such as the student lounge in Davidson Hall and Vogt Building.