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Open Access Centres

From the 21 September, the Open Access Centres will be available to all students to use and will be open 24/7 subject to booking via MyPC. The open access centres are both open 24/7, but you will need to book your space whatever time you want to use them. You will be able to book these computers up to seven days in advance to allow you to plan your studies. The facilities have been arranged to support the safe use of the computers and printers with physical distancing measures in place, so capacity is limited at this time. Check out out more about the IT facilities, tools, services and support available at BU. 

Our Open Access Centres (OACs) are large computer labs, which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. You will need your student ID card to access these rooms outside of usual working hours of 9am - 5pm.

There are two OAC’s, one at each campus, with the current capacity at each location as below:

  • Talbot Campus: Poole House, PG22 with 48 Windows PCs and 8 Apple Macs
  • Lansdowne Campus: Studland House, S115 with 20 Windows PCs.

Each machine has the core BU applications, including Microsoft Office, the Adobe CC suite and SPSS, and can be used with either staff or student credentials. You can also use the AppsAnywhere portal, giving you access to software relevant to your course. There are also colour and black and white printers with scanners available at both locations.


IT information

All the information you need in one place to help you make the most of the IT facilities, tools, services and support available at BU.



Accessing WiFi, find a computer on campus, discounts for buying your own and our laptop loans service.