Getting started for students

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  • Last updated June 30, 2016

Welcome to UW-Madison. We can help you with all the technology services that you will need on campus. We're here to help you with technology so that you can get the most out of your time at UW-Madison. We offer complementary technology consulting, including advice on selecting the best computer for your major, support for learning the technology resources on campus, and free hands-on support when something goes wrong.

Before you get to campus

Follow these 4 easy steps to get ready for school before you get to campus.
Follow these 4 easy steps to get ready for school before you get to campus.

Find quick access to your courses, schedules and scholarships with your personalized MyUW campus portal.

UW-Madison students get discounts on computers, accessories and software. The DoIT Tech Store and Help Desk associates are there to give you personalized consultation on the best computer for your major and your needs. Review our campus laptop recommendations.

See our Student Computing Checklist for the list of essential technology you’ll need to have on campus. Get free software from the Campus Software Library, or purchase discounted software at the Tech Store.

Set up your campus email and calendar for your laptop and mobile devices with this easy instruction guide. Your campus email account includes unlimited storage and virus filtering.

Follow these 5 tips to keep your computer – and yourself – safe and make sure to install your free antivirus and VPN software. Create a backup plan. Consult our Backup Storage Guide to learn tips and tricks and get access to campus backup resources.

Once you arrive

Follow these 5 steps to prepare for the semester once you get to campus.


Connect to the campus wireless network for fast and easy network access. Or connect to the network in UW Housing Residence Halls (ResNet).

Get free tech support at the DoIT Tech Store 7 days a week for password resets, general troubleshooting and free virus detection and removal. Get free diagnosis and warranty service or fee-based computer repair on campus.

Find one of the 2,000 available computers around campus closet to you. Find out how to get printing with the color and black and white printer options available in all campus computer labs.

Get free training courses and one-on-one project support from Software Training for Students or free online tutorials by logging into with your NetID.

Contact the McBurney Center for a wide range of accessibility tools available to you.

DoIT Tech Store & Help Desk

The Tech Store & Help Desk are here to help. Contact us for free technology consulting at any of our 3 in-person locations or on the phone, email or chat.

DoIT Tech Store and Help Desk

DoIT Help Desk Contact

608-264-HELP (4357)

DoIT Tech Store & Help Desk Locations

Computer Sciences Location

1210 West Dayton Street
608-264-DOIT (3648)
M–F: 7:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.*

Health Sciences Location

750 Highland Avenue
608-264-DOIT (3648)
M–F: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.*

333 East Campus Mall Location

333 East Campus Mall
608-264-DOIT (3648)
M–F: 10 a.m.–7:00 p.m.*
Sat–Sun: Noon–4 p.m.*

*Hours may change depending on time of year. Please check website for current hours.