What IT to bring to campus
Phones, tablets or laptops
Will all brands and models work at Kent?
Phones and tablets
To be able to connect to eduroam (University WiFi) your device needs to meet our security requirements and offer WPA2 Enterprise/AES encryption.
Most devices meet these standards. To make sure your does, bring a device that has one of these operating systems:
- iOS 9 or newer (Apple phones and tablets)
- Android 6 or newer (Google, Samsung, some HTC and other phone/tablet brands like Kindle Fire)
- Windows 10 (Nokia, and some HTC phones)
If your device isn't receiving security updates anymore, you're not allowed to use it on our network. You should also use a PIN or password.
Laptops, Macs and PCs
Only secure and supported operating systems are allowed on our network:
- Windows 7, 8 and 10
- Mac OS 10.10 and above
- Linux may work but we can't provide user support
Your PC/laptop needs current anti-virus software with regular system updates.
You can borrow a Windows laptop in the Templeman Library and Drill Hall Library.
Bring a network cable if you'll live in
Wired internet is essential for studying, watching TV or gaming (see our games consoles advice). It's fast and reliable as there's no risk of interference.
Do I need a printer?
You can use student print/copy/scanners on campus for a small charge. If you want to bring a printer for your room, you need one that can connect by USB cable to your laptop (and remember to bring the cable!).
Do I need special software?
Depending on your course you might be asked to use specialist software. Student PCs across campus offer the essential course-related software you'll need. In addition, as a Kent student you’re eligible for free or discounted software such as Microsoft Office.