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Queen's University

Computer Requirements for New Students

NOW AVAILABLE!!! The Queen's Campus Computer Store Back To School 2013 Flyer (PDF, 2 MB). It includes all the info and recommendations on the items you will need, and how to get ready for your first year at Queen's. We will also be mailing a copy to all first year Queen's students.

Here are some other FAQs, to help you get ready for life at Queen's.

Do I need my own computer?


Public computing sites and kiosks are available across campus, providing students with access to networked computers, software, printing and Internet services. However, as the cost of personal computers continues to drop, many students choose to invest in their own computer as a matter of convenience. Furthermore, some faculties, such as Law, Commerce and Applied Science, either require students to bring their laptops to class, or strongly encourage students to acquire their own computers as an essential tool for their education.


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, either by visiting our on-campus location in Dupuis Hall or by shopping online 24/7. Check out our Back to School flyer, which is also mailed to all incoming students in July and offers deeply discounted pricing on hardware and accessory bundle packages. Plus, we'll ship your purchase to you anywhere in Canada - free of charge!

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 this time of year, the Back to School flyer often features 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. As well as accepting cash, cheques, debit cards and major credit cards, the Queen's Campus Computer Store also offers a 6 month, no interest payment plan. Just pay a $25 admin fee, and your purchase can be spread over 6 months with no interest charges.

What Software will I need?


The various Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites are commonly used packages at Queen's. We have negotiated licensing agreements with both of these companies, allowing us to sell you full versions of these various suites, including the installation disks, at a fraction of the normal educational price. Please consult your department or faculty 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.


*PDF files can be read for free using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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