When you’re putting together a checklist for moving to University it’s quite easy to overlook your tech. No doubt you’ll have your pots and pans sorted but updating and backing up your files might not be on your list of priorities. Luckily, we’ve put together an IT checklist to help you remember some of the most crucial but often forgotten pieces of tech. So before you pack your boxes, make sure you’ve left room for the following…
Uhh this one kind of goes without saying. Let’s be honest, you aren’t going to forget your laptop, tablet or phone!
So you’ve remembered to bring all your devices, your TV and your games console, but now you don’t have anywhere to plug them in. Get yourself an extension lead with multiple ports and boom, problem solved. Make sure it’s surge protected to protect your electronics and if you are a student from overseas, don’t forget your UK plug adapters!
Chargers and USB Cables
Your phone charger is one of the things you remember you need to take but forget to actually pack. Then there are cables for your other devices as well as connecting cables to link them together. Think about what you’re going to be using your tech for, then make a list of all the cables and chargers you’re going to need.
Antivirus & Firewall Software
Some Universities require all student devices which connect to their network to have antivirus software installed. Rules aside, it’s just good practice to protect your devices. New types of malicious viruses and malware are discovered every day and the best way to protect your files and hardware is to have the latest version of antivirus installed. It’s also a good idea to have a firewall installed, enabled and updated. Firewalls check information coming from the Internet or a network, and then either blocks it or allows it to enter your device depending on your settings.
Drivers and Disks
Bring along your installation disks and driver software for your devices. You may have to reinstall your operating system if you do get a virus, which means that any devices you usually connect to your PC or laptop will need to be reinstalled. Simple. But not if you’ve left your installation disks back home on the other side of the country. Luckily, most drivers and software can be found online on the supplier’s website, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
USB Memory Stick/External Hard Drive
With more and more file transfers taking place over email or cloud storage, it’s quite easy to shove your USB sticks and external hard drives into a drawer and forget about them. They do still serve a purpose though. Just because you may not use them to transfer files, they are extremely important when backing up and storing files, especially assignments. When you’re 10,000 words deep into a 12,000 word dissertation, you don’t want to take any chances. Back up your data!
Picture the scene. You’re in the library, there’s 20 minutes left to print off your assignment and run over to the submissions desk before the deadline closes. There are countless things that could go wrong. You might be out of printer credit, you could be waiting for the technician to come and fix the printer, or you could be stuck in the queue behind the guy printing out his 500 page thesis! Save yourself the hassle and invest in a printer if possible.
Speakers and headphones
If you love your music, it’s doubtful that you’d forget either of these, but you should remember to bring speakers and headphones for your studies too. Lots of lectures and source material come in video format, which is pretty much useless unless you can hear what’s being said! If you’re going to be watching or listening to things in library, then a pair of headphones is essential.