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3 College Junior

Technology: Residential computing is a joke. The on-campus wifi is normally pretty reliable. It can be difficult to find a computer or printer when you don't already have your own, so be prepared.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers are always available to me, but then again, I am a computer science major...

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Most people have their own computers. There are plenty of computer labs to use though and it doesn't cost anything. I have my own PC.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The labs are pretty generic to me, and not many students use them, opting instead for their own laptops.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Get an OCF account and get free printing! I would bring my own laptop.

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Berkeley students are happy with their computing options, though wait lines and stressed students are common in most facilities. An overwhelming number of students suggest bringing a computer to school, preferably a laptop, if you want to stay in convenient contact with your family, friends, and instructors, as well as work on papers and reports at your own leisure. Berkeley has tried to make private and public computing painless by offering high-speed Internet throughout the dorms, labs, and library, and through wireless hubs all over campus. Plus, a lot of local cafes have free wireless.

Whether or not you own a personal computer, it is important to have daily computer access because many professors send out announcements via e-mail. The UC library has an extensive online database and several programs that let you store research on your computer. Furthermore, Berkeley recently began posting lectures online, and many are available on iTunes. As the campus becomes more technologically advanced, having a personal computer will become increasingly beneficial.



Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Most of campus is wireless
24-Hour Labs?
The computing facility in Heller Lounge
Charged to Print?
$12 for 200 single-sided, black-and-white pages
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
JMP, Mathematica, MatLab, Microsoft MCCA, SAS, SPSS
Did You Know?
Most electrical engineering, computer science, and some other physical, biological, and social science lectures are available to watch anytime on the Web.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 318 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 220 responses

  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 17% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 79% 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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