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Essential Computing Info for New Students

Consider These Things When Preparing to Come to UVA

#1 Bring Technology Supported at UVA

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When choosing what computer to bring with you to school, consider:

Your program’s recommendations
Laptop minimums for support
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UVA WiFi requirements
Smartphone & mobile considerations

#2 Save on Software

UVA students can get Microsoft Office and Windows software for free

Don’t waste money paying for software that you can get at very low or no cost as a UVA student!

Microsoft Office & Windows free!
Free antivirus software
Other software titles

#3 Plan Ahead for the Inevitable

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           another student unfamiliar with Macs

Don’t underestimate the importance of a good warranty & regular file backups—before disaster strikes. You’ll likely have a computing problem sometime while youre at UVA, so plan ahead.

Warranties & repairs
Back up files in the cloud free!

#4 Learn Your Password

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You won’t need your Temporary password long, but you’ll use your Permanent UVA password the whole time you’re at the University—and beyond!

Your accounts & passwords
UVA Gmail for life

#5 Take It or Leave It?

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WiFi in a University setting is different from wireless in a home or office. So:

Bring an Ethernet cable
Bring a USB printer cable
Leave routers & wireless access points behind

#6 Take Advantage of Free Tech Support Year-Round

IT Help at Move-In

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Free computing help is available to all UVA students, no matter where you purchased your technology.

Contact the 24/7 Help Desk
Connect with us on social media

Cable TV??

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ITS-managed IPTV service (Web browser-based access to local broadcast TV channels) funded by UVA Housing and Residence Life, is available via on-Grounds wired and wireless network connections in University Housing.

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