Computers

Location
London, ON
Undergrads
20,056
Tuition (in-state)
$20,141 ($4,727)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Senior

Computers: The biggest problem with computers at The University of Western Ontario is finding one that is free. Usually the library is packed and finding a school computer available is not easy. Most people carry around their laptops and then the biggest issue becomes finding plugs! Some classrooms will have only a couple of plugs so you have to hunt for them, but if you're in the library, each table and cubicle usually have a working plug so it's not a big issue. Another problem we had in past years was accessing wireless internet. There was actually a joke made for april fools day on the student newspaper that read "Mysterie of the day: Western Student connects to the school's wireless network succesfully!", but I think this year they have been working on that problem and it is much better.
Finally, printing is actually very simple on campus, there are special computers to open up the files you need to print which are always available and for less than 50 cents you can usually print an 8 page lecture. So that is pretty good :).

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There could be better network reliability and it's really slow.

3 College Junior

Computers: Most people at Western have their own computers. It's definitely the most convenient way to access technology, and with Wi-Fi in most buildings it's easy to access any information that you need online. Even when I don't bring my laptop to campus, I can always find an open computer in the library or a computer lab. Printing on campus, I have found, is not the most convenient or agreeable. The printers and writing programs on school computers aren't what I'm used to, and my margins and print job always ends up wrong. It's nice to own your own printer so that you don't need to go to the libraries to use one.

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4 College Senior

Computers: The labs are great. The only annoying thing if there's a class in one of the labs, you'll have to go somewhere else to print or do your work.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers in the campus libraries, and there seems to be enough for everyone who needs them as most students bring their own laptops. However, having taken a computer science course in first year, I felt that there should have been more computer labs with the specific programs needed to complete our assignments that could not be done on home computers. The labs were consistently crowded. The wireless access is also fairly undependable, and my computer often does not connect to the internet on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 275th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 495th
    Fastest Internet
  • 679th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 724th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren A. Moore
Hometown
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Major
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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Hands down, almost every student at UWO owns his or her own computer, and these computers are predominantly laptops. Wireless Internet can be accessed on all areas of campus and nearly every classroom, so online information can be obtained quickly. Most professors are tolerant of laptop use in the classroom, but there may be that one odd instructor who forbids such use. Unfortunately, the Internet is often inconsistent and will occasionally be down for hours at a time. Generally, the connection is relatively slow, unless you're in a main library like D.B. Weldon or Taylor. Western offers an Information Technology Services department that is very helpful and can be reached from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Computer labs can be found all over campus. The North Campus Building has a lab that requires card access for entry, and it's filled with brand-new Apple computers with specific video editing programs. Desktop computers are also found in libraries and in the social science and natural science buildings. In order to use printers in the library, the document must be printed from one of these computers. However, since the computers use Open Office instead of Microsoft Word for their document programs, the document usually needs to be reformatted before printing.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
D.B. Weldon Library during exams
Charged to Print?
Yes
With a preloaded copy card, printing is 9 cents per page. Without a card, it's 15 cents.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The Campus Computer Store at Western is located in the University Community Centre, room 36B. The store sells laptops, computers, software, and more, often at a discounted price for students.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 28 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 37 responses

  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 76% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 16% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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