Tech Resources for EOP Students

Device Discounts & Lending Programs

For On and Off Campus Students

Free & Low-Cost Tech Resources

For On and Off Campus Students

Student Discounts on Device Purchases

Don’t pay the full price on new devices! Make sure to take advantage of student discounts from major retailers like Microsoft, Apple, and Dell when making device purchases.

Laptop Lending at Campus Libraries (currently on pause)

All UC Berkeley students with a valid Cal ID can borrow a laptop for up to 14 days at a time from selected libraries. Learn more about the lending guidelines and available locations here.

General Student Resources

For On and Off Campus Students

Academic Advising

Professional academic advisors are available in each college and most departments to help you navigate your academic options and opportunities. Many counseling appointments, services, and resources are available to both on and off campus students. Learn more here.

Career Center

The Career Center assists undergrad students, graduate students, and alumni with career exploration, internship and job searching, and the graduate or professional school application process. Many counseling appointments, services, and resources are available to both on and off campus students. Learn more here.

University Health Services

University Health Services, located at the Tang Center, provides medical, mental health, insurance, and health promotion services to all Berkeley students. Medical appointments, mental health counseling, and some health services and resources are available to both on and off campus students. Learn more about their services during COVID-19 here.

Laptop, Wi-Fi Hotspot, & Other Hardware Lending

The Student Technology Equity Program (STEP) lends laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other hardware to students in need. Learn more about the program and apply here.

EOP STEM's iClicker Rental Program (currently on pause)

EOP students can borrow an iClicker for a semester through EOP STEM's iClicker rental program. Learn more about what iClickers are here and apply to the rental program here.

Strategies for Remote Learning

Staying Organized

  •  bCal: use Google Calendar to organize your class schedule and extracurricular activities by scheduling reoccuring events. You can also add the locations of your classes or links to Zoom meetings to the calendar events for easy access and reference.
  • bDrive: create Google docs, sheets, slides, and more and keep them organized in folders on bDrive. Keep your notes backed up and synced with bDrive so you can access them on any device at any time.

Staying Motivated

  •  Set a Routine: maintain a daily schedule by waking up, eating, attending classes, and working at the same times if possible. 
  • Make a Study Space: set up the area where you plan to work and study so that it is comfortable and free of distractions. Try adjusting the height of your chair and/or elevating your screen or desktop so that you are sitting in an upright position. If applicable, consider coordinating with others in your living space to ensure that you maintain social distancing and have periods of quiet and study time.
  • Connect With a Study Group: create a study group with your classmates or check out the study groups offered by the Student Learning Center. Study groups can help you stay motivated, build peer relationships, consolidate concepts through teaching your peers and learning from them, and solve problems collaboratively.
  • Take Breaks: remember to take breaks from your work and screen during this time of remote learning! Refrain from spending all your breaks on social media. Going for a walk, eating a snack, or looking out the window can help you rest your eyes. It's also helpful to schedule breaks so you don't forget to rest or take too long of a break. The Pomodoro Technique is one way to stagger study and break times to maintain your productivity.

Staying Well

  • If you're social distancing, set aside time regularly to call and connect with your support group.
  • Receive free counseling and mental health services from University Health Services regardless of your insurance plan.  
  • In this time of remote learning and working, we're spending a lot of time on our screens. Remember to take breaks, rest your eyes, and exercise regularly. Walks are a great way to do all three simultaneously! 
  • Remember to be kind to yourself. Remote learning involves adapting to new situations and overcoming new challenges. Take some time to identify ways to rest, relax, and recharge that work for you.

Printing & Scanning

On & Off Campus Students

  • Check to see if your local public library offers free printing services. You can also scan documents with your phone by using the Notes app for iOS or with the CamScanner app for iOS and Android.

On Campus Only

  • Print at over 20 locations on campus for a low-cost fee.
  • Print and scan for free at the Open Computing Facility in the MLK Student Union building, which also offers a drop-in computer lab, web and email hosting, and more for students! Learn more about their services here(link is external).

Free Software

Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and many other popular software programs are free for students to download through Software Central. Check your eligibility and download software here.

Free Student Apps

The following student apps are helpful to have on your phone or tablet!

  • Canvas Student: access your course documents, grades, and other bCourses materials easily. Download for iOS and Android.
  • UC Berkeley Mobile: access campus maps, directories, news, the Arts Passport and more! Download for iOS and Android.

Explore Your Professional & Creative Interests 

On and Off Campus

  • LinkedIn Learning: access thousands of online business, creative, and technology courses for free as a UC Berkeley student, through the Student Technology Fund. Log in to LinkedIn Learning with your CalNet ID.

On Campus Only

  • Moffitt Makerspace: a free, open access, student-run makerspace on the first floor of Moffitt library giving students the opportunity to work with new technologies like 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and more (including educational workshops for beginners!) 
  • Check out the other makerspaces on campus here by clicking on the 'Makerspaces' tab.
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