Computer requirements

Study at home, work, overseas, anywhere you like—when you study online, your campus is anywhere that you’ve set up your computer and internet access.

You’ll use your computer to access study materials, do research, prepare your assessments, make notes, and communicate with your lecturers, tutors, support staff, and other students.

Whether you're using a desktop, laptop, or tablet, check with your university that you’re meeting the minimum requirements for devices, software and connectivity. Start by checking your uni’s website, or take a look in your Student Hub for the list of contacts that can help. 

To make the most of your online learning experience, you’ll need basic computer skills, plus word processing, emailing, and web browsing skills. And here’s a handy hint: grab an external drive or use cloud storage to back up your work.

Some subjects might call for special computing requirements such as special software. Check your subject page to see if there are any additional requirements.

Community internet and computer access

Council and state libraries offer access to computers and the internet, often for free although you might need a membership card or have to pay a small charge. They can be very popular and you may have to book ahead. You’ll also be able to access printing and photocopying services on a pay per page basis.

Most libraries also provide wireless hotspots, recharging stations, and internet and email classes to get you started.