Do you need a laptop for uni?

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Hi,

I’m not really sure if this is the right forum but feel free to change it if it’s not, sorry.

I’m currently Year 12 and I hope to go to uni after sixth form and I’m thinking of studying either medicine or healthcare science and also had thoughts about biomedical science and biology.

However, I don’t really know if you need a laptop for those courses or for uni in general. I’m thinking about this because I’ve seen a lot of people with laptops in uni videos eg lectures and I’m not really sure if I need one or not. I know you can probably use computers at a library but it isn’t handy having your own laptop.

The laptop I have at the moment is quite slow and the internet is glitchy so I don’t think it’s reliable.

Any thoughts please? Thanks
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(Original post by ShibShabShob)
Hi,

I’m not really sure if this is the right forum but feel free to change it if it’s not, sorry.

I’m currently Year 12 and I hope to go to uni after sixth form and I’m thinking of studying either medicine or healthcare science and also had thoughts about biomedical science and biology.

However, I don’t really know if you need a laptop for those courses or for uni in general. I’m thinking about this because I’ve seen a lot of people with laptops in uni videos eg lectures and I’m not really sure if I need one or not. I know you can probably use computers at a library but it isn’t handy having your own laptop.

The laptop I have at the moment is quite slow and the internet is glitchy so I don’t think it’s reliable.

Any thoughts please? Thanks
Yep definitely recommend it. Relying on uni computers means you can't do any work in your room or house. Unless you have a desktop at uni.
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Hi ShibShabShob,

I wouldn't be able to comment on course specific requirements, but I would think work-wise it would be fairly easy to get around without a laptop - it might just mean spending more time in the library.

From my personal experience it depends how easy you find it to work at home or out and about. I have a laptop that I use at home, but I usually go and use uni PCs as a) it's a more work-y environment and b) they're more powerful than my laptop. The only work I really do at home is either report writing or isn't uni related. Ditto for lectures - if you find it easier to take notes by pen and paper, then use those!

These days we can get pretty much everything on our phone anyway, so I think it should be easy enough to work around - I would suggest brining the laptop in case of emergencies, though.

Hope that helps!

Theo
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Don't need one, but it makes life infinitely easier.
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