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3 College Freshman

Technology: There are computer labs scattered around campus in various buildings as well as computer stations in all the libraries. Printing on campus can be hectic when students are printing papers the last minute. Campus wi-fi wireless access is pretty good and can be accessed throughout campus.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The wireless internet on campus is pretty fast, however I heard that there were some issues before. Other than that, it's pretty good!

3 College Freshman

Technology: Although I do not know the internet availability, UBC's wireless connection is pretty good most of the time. However, there were sometimes when internet didn't work which was a big problem for students who lived on campus. Other than that it is pretty good!

4 College Sophomore

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

3 College Freshman

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


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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
All University buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (during finals)
Charged to Print?
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 39 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 38 responses

  • 13% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 18% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 66% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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