Help! I'm Getting a New Computer

Rice departments usually purchase computers for their faculty and staff. Only a few departments provide computers for their graduate students; check with your department's graduate student coordinator for details.  Undergraduates are not required to bring a computer to Rice, but most of the students bring a laptop and a mobile device like a smart phone or a tablet. 

Purchasing Hardware

  • Rice faculty and staff, begin the purchasing process by contacting the IT Help Desk (713.348.4357 or  helpdesk@rice.edu) to determine which type of computer will meet your needs.
  • Graduate and Undergraduate students, see Laptop Purchase Guidelines for Students before you buy a personal computer to use at Rice.  
    • Faculty, staff and students may be eligible for Rice discounts on computers and software purchased with a personal credit card (not a Rice purchasing card or Rice fund/org).  Check with the approved vendors in the  Technology Marketplace web site; if you need a code to get the Rice discount, it will be listed by the vendor's name.

    Purchasing Software

    Rice departments purchase basic software for the computers they provide for their faculty and staff.  

    • Microsoft Windows is available on Rice-purchased computers through a site license.
    • Before purchasing software, review the KB web site for free or discounted software titles, some of which can be used on the personal computers of Rice community members. See Software Available for Faculty and Staff and Software Available for Students.
    • Faculty, staff and students may be eligible for Rice discounts on software and computers purchased with a personal credit card (not a Rice purchasing card or Rice fund/org).  Check with the approved vendors in the Technology Marketplace web site; if you need a code to get the Rice discount, it will be listed by the vendor's name.

    Other Items for Undergraduates

    • To connect to the network cable jacks in the dorm rooms, you will need an Ethernet cable (25 feet is an adequate length). You can also use the Rice wireless network, but your data will flow much faster over the wired network.
    • Undergraduates can bring a personal printer for the sake of convenience. Each college computer lab, plus the labs in Fondren Library and Mudd Lab, have printers. Printing costs 6¢ per page (black and white).