If you’re planning on investing in a new laptop, or other device, there are a number of discounts and offers available to you as a BU student:
- BU has partnered with the StudentStore, an independent provider that works with universities all over the UK, to offer BU students up to 30% discount and enhanced warranty on a wide range of IT kit. This includes Lenovo computers, tablets, monitors and IT accessories, as well as Chromebooks. Simply visit https://www.studentstore.co.uk/bournemouth and register with your BU email address (you’ll need to confirm you’re not a robot each time you log in)
- Apple offers university students savings on Macs and iPad purchases
- Offers are frequently available through the TOTUM student discount card and the UNiDAYS websites.
If you do decide to invest in a device of your own, we recommend that your computer is less than four years old with up-to-date anti-virus software installed for security reasons. Screen size and laptop weight is down to personal preference, but in general you should consider a screen of at least 13-inches or more and a weight of no more than 1.6Kg to ease portability. To help you stay in touch with your peers and course leaders, a laptop with a webcam, microphone and speakers is also preferable.
For a computer experience like that on campus, you may wish to use a Windows 10 or Apple Mac computer. What you use your laptop for will determine which type and specification is most suitable for you - your course leaders will be able to advise if there are any recommended IT specifications for your course.
If you do not have your own laptop, or need financial support to buy one for your studies, please check our BU Laptop Support Fund page for information.