Students—Shopping List | Office of Information Technology

Students—Shopping List

Last Updated: 05/17/2017

Basic Student Shopping List

The university recommends that all students have the following items at the start of their time at CU Boulder:

  • Computer with Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHZ and 5 GHz) 802.11n or 802.11ac for wireless networks
  • CAT 5/6 cable for wired internet
  • Coax cable for TV
  • Surge protector
  • Antivirus Software (free through university)
  • iclicker (if directed by professor)
  • Free discount software via campus site licensing

Computers

OIT has a set of minimum configuration recommendations for student computer ownership. Visit the Recommended Software and Hardware List to make sure your computer is properly equipped for your academic needs.

The CU Book Store has academic pricing available through many hardware manufacturers, including Dell, Lenovo, and Apple. Whether you buy a computer through the CU Book Store or another retailer, be sure to check OIT’s Supported Software and Hardware lists before making a purchase.

Connecting to the Internet

Wired network connection

A CAT5/6 cable is strongly recommended for easy connection to the ResNet Ethernet jack in residence hall rooms and family housing residences.

Students living in the residence halls and university apartments (family housing and Bear Creek) have access to the university's high-speed Wired Internet. To connect, you will need to bring or purchase an Ethernet cable.

Wireless network connection

Computers with Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 802.11n or 802.11ac are required for full compatibility with campus wireless networks.

CU Boulder students have access to eduroam Secure Wireless and UCB wireless networks to connect to the Internet. UCB Wireless is available in most university buildings on main campus and residence halls. Visit the Network and Internet Services page for information about connecting to wireless, using a secure connections and other network configuration information.

*Note: Students are prohibited from using their own wireless access points in the residence halls or university apartments. Contact the IT Service Center for questions and proper etiquette when using campus wireless.

Printing

Printing (in both black and white and color) is available in computer labs around campus to all students at CU Boulder with the Student Printing and Scanning service. You can also print to these labs remotely from your residence hall room or university apartment through wireless connections on campus.

If you are bringing a printer to the residence halls and university apartments, OIT recommends USB wired printers for the most consistent operation. Wireless printers are not recommended.

Antivirus

Protect yourself by keeping your computer's antivirus software up-to-date with any needed patches and disabling file sharing. OIT offers Antivirus protection at no charge for students.

Software Downloads

CU Boulder offers a variety of software to Students at low or no cost. Before purchasing software, check the Software Downloads and Licensing for available low cost offerings.

Surge protection

OIT recommends students use surge protectors to protect your technology from the consequences of a power surge. Surge protectors can be purchased at the CU Book Store or other retailers.

Connecting cable for cable TV

If you are bringing a TV to campus for your residence hall room or university apartment, make sure you bring or purchase a coax (TV) cable, because these are not provided for you. You can purchase coax cables at the CU Book Store, as well as other retailers.

Clickers

CUClicker or iclickers are handheld devices that allow students to respond to in-class concept questions. Clickers are becoming more commonly used, but it is highly recommended that you wait to buy a clicker until attending your classes and getting direction from your instructor.

On-Campus Resources 

CU Book Store

The CU Book Store offers computer hardware, software and accessories, a wide range of calculators, headphones, cables, adapters and other electronic goods at affordable prices. Located in the University Memorial Center (UMC), the CU Book Store Tech Department has computer and other product demos, rental laptops and a repair service partner, as well as staff to help with all your technology needs.  For location, hours of operation, and purchasing information, visit the CU Book Store's website.

IT Service Center

Contact the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone) for help with all OIT services, such as email and IdentiKey, Internet connectivity, telephone service and other technology-related questions or problems.

Walk-in Desktop Support

OIT’s Walk-in Desktop Support provides support to all campus affiliates for university and personally owned computing equipment on a first-come, first-served basis at our walk-in centers in the Technology Learning Center and in the Norlin Commons.

IT Security 

OIT’s IT Security Office provides security training, awareness and resources for keeping your data and devices secure.

Look for OIT during New Student Welcome

Representatives from OIT will be present at New Student Welcome Days to answer any questions you might have about purchasing computers, connecting to the Internet, telephones for on-campus residents, e-mail accounts, and getting support for everything technology related.