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    Hi,

    I'm applying to do Computing at Uni, do I need to bring a laptop to lectures all the time? Or will the lecture halls for Computer science department provide students with computers, since they have the specific software for e.g. programming.

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    Lecture halls won't provide you with computers because as the name suggests, lecture halls are for lectures, not practical work. I'm yet to see a university that offers a Computer Science class and doesn't have computers for students to use, you are never expected to bring your own device to work on. Odds are your course will contain a mix of lectures and practical classes, sometimes referred to as seminars. Lectures will usually take place in a lecture theatre or classroom and consist of a lecturer giving a presentation on some topic while your practical classes will contain a smaller number of students in a room, usually with computers for you to work on.

    As far as lectures go, you never need to take a laptop. If you want to take a laptop to write notes on that is fine but there's no need to do so. I personally prefer pen and paper, it's much more efficient for note taking. As for practical subjects, it's entirely up to you. In some cases you may have to use specialist software that is only available on machines at your uni but in most, if not all cases, you will find that software is free to download, there are alternatives available or you get access to download it as a student. So if you want to bring your own laptop to classes to work on that is fine as you will likely be able to get all the software you need (providing your laptop has the hardware to cope of course).

    At the extreme, a student can go to university with no computer and still study computer intensive subjects like CS. Lecture notes can be made on paper, class work will often be completed in rooms with computers available and for outside classes you will have access to libraries or other rooms with computers available. Some unis even have laptops that you can rent out. A laptop or desktop makes life a lot easier but you certainly don't need to have your own machine and you definitely won't need to take it to class regularly. As a result, many people end up opting for small desktops over laptops.
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    (Original post by ℓove)
    Hi,

    I'm applying to do Computing at Uni, do I need to bring a laptop to lectures all the time? Or will the lecture halls for Computer science department provide students with computers, since they have the specific software for e.g. programming.

    Thanks.
    Labs are where the computers are. Not lecture theatres which are probably spaces shared across different disciplines.

    My laptop is an awful distraction sometimes. I just open the Financial Times whenever I'm bored... I'm a terrible undergraduate, I know.

    Also, you won't be programming IN lectures. Lecturers fly through the code and you should listen and try to understand what's going on rather than frantically replicating the program on the slides.
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    It depends on which computer science classes you're taking. I'd say for the theoretical classes you can get by with a pen and paper. E.g. for machine learning, automata theory and algorithms. For the practical classes that involve programming it might be beneficial to buy a small laptop and bring it to lectures. E.g. for computer architecture, software engineering, networking etc.
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    Lecture halls won't provide you with computers because as the name suggests, lecture halls are for lectures, not practical work. I'm yet to see a university that offers a Computer Science class and doesn't have computers for students to use, you are never expected to bring your own device to work on. Odds are your course will contain a mix of lectures and practical classes, sometimes referred to as seminars. Lectures will usually take place in a lecture theatre or classroom and consist of a lecturer giving a presentation on some topic while your practical classes will contain a smaller number of students in a room, usually with computers for you to work on.

    As far as lectures go, you never need to take a laptop. If you want to take a laptop to write notes on that is fine but there's no need to do so. I personally prefer pen and paper, it's much more efficient for note taking. As for practical subjects, it's entirely up to you. In some cases you may have to use specialist software that is only available on machines at your uni but in most, if not all cases, you will find that software is free to download, there are alternatives available or you get access to download it as a student. So if you want to bring your own laptop to classes to work on that is fine as you will likely be able to get all the software you need (providing your laptop has the hardware to cope of course).

    At the extreme, a student can go to university with no computer and still study computer intensive subjects like CS. Lecture notes can be made on paper, class work will often be completed in rooms with computers available and for outside classes you will have access to libraries or other rooms with computers available. Some unis even have laptops that you can rent out. A laptop or desktop makes life a lot easier but you certainly don't need to have your own machine and you definitely won't need to take it to class regularly. As a result, many people end up opting for small desktops over laptops.
    Oooooohh OK I understand now. It's a relief to know that I wouldn't have to carry a 1.8kg laptop everyday.
 
 
 
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