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    Is there any need for your own computer for a Maths course at cambridge/imperial? Or would the university computer facilities suffice? How often do you use a computer?

    Does anyone know about whether you need computers at Manchester or Durham? The Durham Maths staff said colleges have enough computers but students I spoke to seemed to think university without a computer was a bit crazy?

    If you're lazy, going to a computer lab is going to require a lot of effort, especially if it's 3am and you're working on an assignment that's due next morning and want to use the internet to look something up or use Maple/Mathematica to help check your answers or to rid yourself of all the mechanical work. Those are two things I've found myself doing a lot. Plus the internet sometimes helps kill boredom - and you will be bored at times.

    On the other hand, computers are very good at being a distraction. But I guess you're gonna have to learn to restrain yourself after you realise that time management is a very necessary skill (of course this'll happen after your first term or two :p:).

    So I guess it's up to you, but, personally, I couldn't live without mine.

    hmm... put aside the use of computers for your degree, whatever it may be. Computers are becoming pretty necessary in general. Car insurance, banking, shopping, TSR, general research, job searching some of the things from the top of my head...maybe even recipes if you can be asked. Most of that you would want to do from the comfort of your own home (i'd be reluctant to shop or bank on a public terminal), at your convenience. Computers dont cost much nowadays, you're good mate could probably build a quality one for £600 and that would last your whole time at uni.
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