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 as you can access power and Wi-Fi across campus.

Office 365

Office 365 is a powerful suite of tools that offers familiar applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, OneDrive for storing and sharing documents, and Microsoft Teams for online meetings, chat, and online collaboration.

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 five PCs or Macs
  • Microsoft Teams for chat and online meetings
  • Office on tablets and phones - for the Office experience on up to five tablets and five phones
  • online versions of Office - including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • file storage and sharing - with 1 TB storage.

*Please note that Office 365 is not available for students on non-credit-bearing short courses unless required by the course.

Software available on University computers

The University of Hertfordshire 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 specialist software spaces in the College Lane Campus LRC with high-spec PCs, which are especially aligned with the programme needs of physics, engineering, computer science, and creative arts students but all students can make use of the services on a drop-in basis.

Access to specialist software is also available via our remote desktop service

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

Remote desktop service

Remotely connect to a range of University Windows 10 PCs to access specialist software wherever you are.

This service provides Herts students with access to specialist licenced software on University computers without the need to travel to campus.

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 for up to 24 hours from one of the Learning Resources Centres (LRC).

Bring your own device

If you want to bring your own laptop you can make use of free Wi-Fi and power across campus, and connect using a data point in our on-campus accommodation.

  • 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 University of Hertfordshire 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 using our self-service printers across both campuses. We also have a professional Document Services Team offering a wide variety of printing, binding, copying, and laminating services
  • 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.

The Herts Mobile app 

Download the Herts Mobile app to find your way around campus. Plus you can:

  • got a question? Just Ask Herts!
  • download a digital copy of your University ID card
  • 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.

New: use the HertsMobile app for Track and Trace at Herts

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.

The eduroam Wi-Fi service is the best choice for staff and students and saves you time by logging in automatically whenever you are on campus.

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