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Essential Computing Info for New Students

Consider These 5 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 just $15 from Cavalier Computers

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

Microsoft Office & Windows just $15!
Free antivirus software
Other software titles

#3 Plan Ahead for the Inevitable

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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 your 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

#6 Take Advantage of Free Tech Support

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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??

  • Optional: If desired, you can request cable TV in your residence hall room. (Note that some residence halls have cable TV included in the Housing fee.)
  • Signup: Available once you have received your Housing assignment in mid-July. Coordinate sign-up and payment with your roommate, if you have one.
  • Pricing: $18.25/month for the 2014-15 academic year.

  Page Updated: Monday 2015-10-05 08:40:51 EDT