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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs around campus. However, sometimes they do get full. The wireless network of the school is pretty reliable although there are some spots on campus where you cannot connect to it. There are plenty of places to print your work if you do not own a printer. Some of these are free and others are not. A personal computer is definitely a bonus and a convenience but if something where to happen to it, I believe it would not be to hard to survive without it.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Great computers and internet but bring your own! You just never know

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There are a lot of computer labs available around campus that students do not know about. It is relatively cheap to print.

3 College Student

Technology: I enjoy the campus and the resources it provides. I think all people will be satisfied.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: I never use campus computers really because I have my own lap top. Almost everyone here has their own lap top.


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UCSB stays up-to-date with its technology, especially the computers. UCSB has several computer labs scattered around campus that have Macs and PCs available for student use as well as for printing. If you’re merely trying to check your email or print a paper, any of the labs will suffice, with Kerr and Phelps halls having the biggest labs. Davidson Library and the Student Resource Building (SRB) also offer computers to students for a limited time if you don’t own a computer or forgot one at home.

The labs are located throughout campus and can be a hassle for people not wanting to leave their dorm; however, the dorms offer Ethernet connections, and the several dorms and University buildings are equipped with Wi-Fi. While using the campus computer labs is a feasible option, many students agree that bringing your own laptop is the best option. Since the campus has Wi-Fi, you can connect online using your student ID number and study—or Facebook.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Print charges vary by location, but they are typically around 10 cents a page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The Software Depot (through the UCSB Bookstore) has educational or volume discounts for students. Free, open-source software for Windows is also available for students.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 330 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 211 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 21% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 72% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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