During your time in Oxford you will be using computers a lot, whether it’s your own computer connected to Ethernet or a quick check of email in the computer rooms. Most students either buy a computer before they arrive or buy one when they get here, to help them with their studies. The College also has plenty of computers available in its student computer rooms, which are accessible 24 hours a day.
This section contains advice on student computing matters in Magdalen.
All students should get a email@example.com email address. This is called a Nexus account and is provided by the University IT Services department.
All new students get a Nexus account automatically and should receive a letter from IT Services giving the username and an activation code. You need to activate your account by following the instructions on the letter.
The Nexus username is also used as an identifier for access to the Computer Rooms and Ethernet, so don’t lose the piece of paper from IT Services.
You should check your Nexus email every day. You can do this in the computer rooms, or from your own computer using Ethernet. Further information on IT Services and how to use and access Nexus is available here.
You can connect your own computer to Ethernet in your room, and in the library. This gives you access to web and email, as well as other University facilities. All students need to apply for Ethernet separately.
The Magdalen Student Ethernet booklet contains everything you need to know about getting connected to Ethernet. The booklet contains the following information:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Introduction to Ethernet
- Hardware that you will need
- How to apply
- Things you can do after activation
- Security and malware
- Application form
The booklet is available in the post room, and you can also download it here.
There are three computer rooms in the College. These have web, email, Word, Excel, printing, scanning, CD writing, and other facilities.
Undergraduates - You may use the St Swithun’s Tower and the Cloisters computer rooms, sharing with the graduates.
Graduates - You may use the St Swithun’s Tower and the Cloisters computer rooms, sharing with the undergraduates, and the Holywell Ford computer room, exclusively for graduates.
Please ask the Porters for exact directions to these rooms. Access is via late-gate key and swipe card. If your swipe card does not enable you to access the room, please see the Deans Secretary.
You have been given computer room accounts automatically. Initial login details are:
- Username: your Oxford Nexus username
- Password: your University card barcode
You will have to change the password to one of your choosing as soon as you login.
Note that even though Computer Room usernames are the same as Nexus usernames, the passwords are not the same. Don’t get the two confused! Ask the Lodge if you need directions to the computer rooms.
Buying or bringing a computer
Whatever your course of study at Magdalen, you will be using computers a lot. The College has plenty of computers available in its student computer rooms, which are accessible 24 hours a day. However most students bring or buy their own computer.
We have put together a document that gives some advice on buying a bring a computer for use while studying at Magdalen which you can download here.