Computing and software availability at the University

You'll find computers available to use in the Learning Resources Centres (LRCs) and computing labs across the campuses.

Lots of students choose to use their own laptops and other devices and you can plug your laptop into a datapoint or get on the wireless network.

Important updates and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Office 365

Office 365 is a powerful suite of tools which offers familiar applications like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus others which may be less familiar to you like Skype for Business (also known as Lync) for online meetings, and OneDrive for storing and sharing documents.

Office 365 is used by staff and students and will be available to you for the duration of your studies with us. *

Office 365 gives you:

  • Full, installed Office applications - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote on up to 5 PCs or Macs.
  • Office on tablets and phones - for the Office experience on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.
  • Online versions of Office - including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • File storage and sharing - with 1 TB storage.
  • Unlimited online meetings - via instant messaging, phone or video conferencing.

*Please note that Office 365 is not available for students on non-credit-bearing short courses.

Software available on University computers

UH provides a wide range of software applications for staff and students for general and specialised subject related use.   Where licences permit, we aim to make all software as widely available as possible across all labs and the LRCs so that you can use it both in your timetabled sessions as well as for independent study.

Specialist software in the LRCs

The University has created two specialist software spaces in each of the LRCs and you'll find high-spec PCs in each configured with additional specialist software and available during normal opening hours. All students can make use of the service on a drop-in basis.

Current LRC opening hours

Software to download to your personal computer

In some cases students and staff may use their own computers to freely access some of the same software you can find on University networked computers in the LRCs and teaching labs. Currently available to Windows users only.

For further information see Software Availability at Herts

Laptop loan service

As well as access to PCs and Macs you can also borrow a Chromebook to use in the Learning Resources Centres (LRC).

  • Please note that this service is currently unavailable but we will be re-introducing it as soon as possible.

Bring your own device

If you want to bring your own laptop you can make use of free WiFi, power and datapoints

  • Please ensure your computer has an up-to-date virus checker installed
  • We hold regular clinics throughout the year to get you up and running

I want to buy a computer for Uni. What should I look out for?

Desktop or laptop?  Which operating system is best and how much memory do I need? These are things you may be thinking about if you are looking to buy a computer for studying here at Herts.

Please see our ‘Buying a computer for Uni’ guide for more information.

Choosing a smartphone?

Smartphones are great for quick and easy access to your UH online services and using your Herts Mobile app (see below).

  • You can get special student discounts on phone contracts; shop around and choose the right one for you.
  • We highly recommend you choose a dual band device that supports both 5Ghz band frequency and 2.4Ghz.

Printing on campus

  • You can print documents yourself or your document can be printed for you on both College Lane and De Havilland campuses.
  • Find out more about printing on campus
  • If you are living in Halls of Residence and choose to bring a printer to Uni, make sure you have a usb cable to connect it to your personal computer.

Download the Herts Mobile app 

Containing many features to help you find information and your way around campus

  • Got a question? Just Ask Herts!
  • Use Wayfinding – to find a place on campus and get directions
  • Find a PC to use on campus
  • Get set up for free campus Wi-Fi using 'eduroam'
  • Get notifications including late changes to your timetable and library book reminders
  • View campus facilities (cafés, hairdressers etc) and opening times
  • See bus times
  • Check service status updates

To download this handy app onto your smartphone - just search for Herts Mobile in your app store

Wi-Fi and wired connections to the University network

(Including games consoles and smart TVs in student residences)

You will have free access to the internet at the University of Hertfordshire using a compatible device. When you arrive, we will help you get set up with University Wi-Fi. And we’re always here to help if you have any problems.

Find out more about how to get connected at Herts

Need help or advice?

We’re always here to help!

Contact the Library and Computing Services Helpdesk