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Queen's University

Computer Requirements for New Students

Do I need my own computer?


Although there are some computing sites and kiosks available across campus that provide students with access to networked computers, software, printing and Internet services, having your own computer is highly recommended.


Can I buy a computer from Queen's?


Yes! From computers to ink cartridges, all of your technology-related purchases can be made at the Campus Computer Store by visiting our on-campus location in Dupuis Hall. The Queen's Journal will have an insert in its July issue all about the Store and what you can get in it, so stay tuned!

When should I buy a computer?


With every year that passes, you can buy a higher quality computer for less money. Some manufacturers, such as Toshiba, turnover their retail laptop models as often as four times per year. This means that a computer you purchase in March could be less expensive by July, or for the same money, you could have purchased a higher quality computer had you waited just a little longer. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to delay purchasing a new computer until you've had the opportunity to review the purchase options available in the Campus Computer Store. Because the Campus Computer Store is an educational reseller, and because we negotiate high-volume pricing during back to school, we often feature pricing that can't be beat anywhere else in Canada.

Are financing options available?


Queen's tries to make it easy for students to acquire computers, by accepting debit cards and major credit cards to make their purchases.

What Software will I need?


As you might have heard, all Queen's students can download the full Office 365 suite for free!  All students will be able to use the tools within the Office 365 suite, but be sure to consult your own Faculty/School to see if your program has any specialized software requirements.

What if I want to use a Mac?


The Campus Computer Store is an educational reseller for Apple computers, and students at Queen's are eligible for educational pricing on the Apple online store. As well, our IT Support Centre offers software support for Apple computers, and our hardware repair shop is an authorized service provider for Apple computers. While Windows systems still monopolize the lion's share of the marketplace for personal computers, Queen's features a relatively large number of students and departments using Apple computers on campus. Now that it's possible to install the Windows operating system on newer Macs, Apple computers offer greater versatility than ever before, and most programs at Queen's will allow you to use either platform. Please consult your department or faculty to see if there are any limitations on the type of system they prefer you to use.

I have a disability that may affect my ability to use a computer. Can you help me if I encounter access barriers?


Queen's is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive to all for teaching and learning. ITServices supports students with disabilities in their use of computers and computer-related technologies to help them achieve their academic goals, and offers expertise and guidance in the use of adaptive technologies.


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