Students & Parents

Buying Accessories

There are a number of accessories available for desktops and laptops.  Before you purchase any accessories for your computer, we suggest that you read our recommendations below:


  • Hard drive for backing up work
  • Carrying sleeve or bag to protect laptop
  • Surge protector/power strip
  • Computer lock
  • Flash drive
  • Portable battery backup/charger


  • Printer: It is not necessary to bring a printer to campus. All College House Computer Labs have fast-output, high quality black and white laser printers that can be used at a very low cost. Many labs also feature color printing.


  • Wireless Routers: All College Houses are equipped with AirPennNet wireless Internet. To maintain the integrity of our wireless network, personal wireless routers are not permitted on campus.

To see a list of devices that are compatible with our wired and wireless networks, please see our connectivity table.

Connectivity Options in Penn's Residences