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4 College Junior

Technology: Though the library can be crowded midway through and towards the end of term (when essay deadlines abound), the opening of the new students center next year should fix that issue, and computers will be widespread across campus.

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3 College Senior

Technology: There are many computers in the library, but there are so many undergraduate and postgraduate students at LSE, that it's difficult to find an unoccupied one. There are not many other computer options, because the labs are usually occupied with class. Bringing your own laptop to school will save you a lot of time you'd otherwise spend trying to find an unoccupied computer.

2 College Senior

Technology: In the library and the other computer labs on campus it is often difficult to find an available computer. It is therefore necessary for students to have a personal computer if they wish to get work done consistently.

4 College Senior

Technology: No Complaints – Public computers are spread all over campus. Some computer rooms are solely used by particular departments which is useful during peak hours. Never had a problem with network speed while I've been here. A laptop though not vital is always useful.

3 College Junior

Technology: Printing and Wifi – The main complaints I have are with the printing and wifi services. Printing cost money, and most of the printers have poor quality. Furthermore, I cannot find a printer that does color jobs. Lastly, the wifi tends to be good, but I find several dead zones.


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In this day and age, you would be hard-pressed to find a student at any university who doesn't have a personal computer—and LSE is no different. This is a good thing because, while there are many desktop computers and laptops to take out at the library, you would be the luckiest person in the world to get one. However, it is easy to have a laptop, due to the presence of a large secondary market and the availability of an extensive staff of genius IT personnel.

While the LSE Library (also known as the British Library of Political and Economic Science) is one of the largest in the world devoted to the study of political and economic science, it is always jam-packed with students. The best way to do work is on your own computer, which can be done at any location on campus on the school's seamless wireless network. In fact, the school would not function nearly as effectively without this network. Most homework articles, class details, and essay submissions are carried out entirely online, and without a near-perfect wireless network, the school would fall apart. During Lent term (spring semester), the library is open 24 hours a day. This is essential because there are many students who fully utilize this surface.

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Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 9 responses

Very weak
  • 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 11 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 9% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 91% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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