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Before you arrive, you should:

Open a Brandeis email account

You'll need a Brandeis email account to register for classes and set up your computer when you arrive. Sign up at http://identity.brandeis.edu. Your new Brandeis email address will be active within 24 hours of signing up.

If you buy a computer, we suggest a laptop -- either Dell, Toshiba, or Apple

 Residence halls are networked with fast wireless access, and the wireless network covers campus, so buy a laptop if your budget allows. (Desktops are also OK, but make sure to get an ABGN wireless card, available online or at the Brandeis Bookstore.) You can buy either a Mac or a PC -- if you prefer PC, we like Dell or Toshiba. You'll probably want to buy a copy of Microsoft Office, but we'll provide antivirus software when you arrive. Shop through Brandeis's Dell, Toshiba, and Apple portal to get free warranty repairs at the Brandeis computer repair shop.

If you purchase a personal printer 

Please make sure you have a USB connection to your computer. Brandeis does not support wireless printing for personal printers.

Bring a cell phone

Most Brandeis students use cell phones. Verizon and AT&T are the most common services used by students, but all major cell phone carriers are available on campus.

Pack a few key items to save headaches later: 
  • All the CD's that came with your computer, especially the operating system disks.
  • An external hard drive for backing up your data. Check out our backup recommendations
  • A 25 foot COAX cable to connect to the Cable TV system if you're bringing a TV. Make sure it is a cable-ready TV, too.
  • A USB printer cable, if you're bringing a printer. Public printing is also available in the library for a fee.