Bring your own device
- The virtual desktop can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, both on campus and off.
- Greater flexibility and faster access to specialised software from your device.
- Creates a better user experience with more reliable upgrades to UWA’s systems.
- Lab spaces can be scaled up for a wider range of teaching and learning experiences.
To ensure equitable education, longer-term loan laptops are available for students who are in financial need and unable to access a device. If you require support, request a device by submitting an online form.
Frequently asked questions
What are the recommended laptop specifications?
The following laptop specifications are recommended:
- Operating System: Windows 10 or higher (Windows 11 is recommended if available). macOS is also suitable if you have specific programs related to your studies.
- Processor: A processor with four cores or higher. A multi-core processor will provide better performance for multitasking and running resource-intensive applications.
- RAM: 8GB RAM or higher. More RAM allows for smoother multitasking and better performance with applications like data analysis software, virtual machines, or image/video editing tools.
- Storage: 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or higher. An SSD provides faster data access and improves overall system responsiveness compared to traditional hard drives (HDDs).
- USB-C Port: Ensure your laptop has a USB-C port that supports both USB-C charging and DisplayPort over USB-C.
Do these specifications apply to all fields of study?
These specifications are a general guideline that will meet most of your study needs. However, some specific programs or courses may have unique software or hardware requirements. Speak with your School for any course-specific laptop recommendations or additional requirements.
Can I use a Mac laptop instead of a Windows laptop?
Yes, macOS is a suitable operating system for your studies. However, please be aware that some software applications used in specific fields of study may have better compatibility with Windows. If you prefer macOS, ensure that it can run any required software for your course.
What other factors should I consider when choosing a laptop?
When selecting a laptop, consider factors such as battery life, portability, and your budget. Your laptop is an investment in your education and should also meet your personal computing needs beyond coursework.
How do I connect my device to Unifi and the virtual desktop?
Follow these get tech-ready to study steps or visit any Library Information Desk for help connecting to Unifi. Once connected, you will automatically have access to the virtual desktop and its applications.
What if I use a specific program to complete my studies that isn’t available via the virtual desktop?
A limited number of computer labs will remain with specialised operating systems that can’t be virtualised. This includes labs running macOS or high-end hardware.
What should I do if I don't have access to a device?
UWA's SOS IT Equipment Scheme provides help to students who are in financial need. The Scheme offers either a loan laptop, available for the duration of a teaching semester, or a limited number of laptops for permanent ownership. To request a loan or permanent device, submit an online application form.
I forgot to bring my device to campus, what should I do?
Laptops will be available for short term loan from the Reid and Barry J Marshall Libraries. You will be able to loan a laptop for the duration of the day (same day return) by swiping your Campus Card to check out and return the device.
Will I still have access to the MS Windows applications?
Yes, all UWA students will still have access to a Microsoft Office 365 subscription for your device.
Are there any deals on devices I can access?
Where can I go if I have further questions about a device or the virtual desktop?
You can contact UWA Library for support in connecting your device and accessing applications or bring your device in to any Library Information Desk.
For specific laptop recommendations, reach out to your school office for guideance.
It’s easy to connect
UWA’s online environment makes it easy for you to connect with learning resources, other students and staff. You can also use UWA’s online platforms to revisit lessons, explore resources in depth and engage in deep learning.
Your key online learning platforms are:
Recordings for your lectures can also be found in Echo360 (UWA's Lecture Capture System). If this is the case, you’ll find links to view or download lecture recordings in your units’ LMS content folders or left-hand navigation menu, or via the Tools link from your LMS landing page.
Echo360 has a useful feature to help you take notes while you are listening.