Computer labs and software

If you need computer facilities, there are a number of computer labs across campus which are open to everyone.

Students have access to PCs located in IT Services labs and School Labs across campus, all running on Windows 10.

Computer labs

There are over 2,000 PCs in computer labs located across campus.

The Computer & Software Availability system provides real-time availability, location and full software listing.

Many of the IT Services computer labs offer 24/7 access with a student card.

IT Services provide a Remote Desktop connection service. This allows you to connect from your device to a University computer (Windows or macOS) when off-campus, to access the software you require.


As a student at Loughborough, you have access to free software for your personal devices which can be downloaded through Learn under the software downloads page. These include:

  • Free Microsoft Office 365 (available to install on up to five devices)
  • Specialist software
  • Software installed on campus PCs which can be searched via the Computer and Software Availability system

Key services to support you through your studies

Printers on campus

To register your laptop or desktop with Campus Printing and purchase print credits, here’s some guidance and instructions from Creative and Print Services.

Remote working

Students will be required to install and use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to access services from off-campus.

  • MFA: Install the University’s MFA Service, Duo Mobile app, to confirm your identity when logging in to services off-campus. 
  • VPN: Install the Cisco AnyConnect app to connect to the VPN service. This app connects your laptop or computer to the University’s network from anywhere, so long as you are connected to the internet. This provides you with access to campus-restricted services.

These applications will allow you secure access to services such as Learn, Library services, Student portal, and Microsoft Office 365 when off-campus.

You can back up your files and documents using OneDrive. This allows you to store, sync, share and collaborate files with other people across multiple devices.


The PC Clinic provides support for students and is based in the Library. The PC Clinic is by appointment only. Book online via our booking system, or alternatively, email IT.Services.

IT services