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Computer Labs
UCSB’s Instructional Computing manages a number of on-campus computer labs that are free to students and offer both Windows and Macintosh machines and printing. Labs are located at Phelps Hall, Kerr Hall, Psychology East, Social Sciences and Media Studies, Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Student Resource Building. For assistance, consult with computer lab staff or stop by Phelps 1517 or HSSB 1203 to speak with help center staff. For hours and other information, visit

Davidson Library Laptop Loans
Enrolled students can check out laptops on a firstcome, first-served basis for four hours at a time at no cost from the Davidson Library circulation desk. Students must show a valid UCSB library card and must have no overdue library materials. For more information, visit, call (805) 893-3491, or email

Request for a Budget Increase for a Computer – Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
You may be able to finance the purchase of a computer through a student loan. Although the cost of a new computer is initially not factored into the cost of attending UCSB, you may request that such an expense be recognized as part of your cost of attending (i.e., as part of your budget) and apply unused federal loans towards its purchase. Requests should be made between the first week of October and the end of February and your computer should have been purchased no earlier than September 1 for funding for that academic year. The computer budget increase limit is $500 and any amount in excess is a cost assumed by the applicant. All purchases must be made from a recognized retailer and original receipts are required. UCSB’s Bookstore and many retailers offer educational discounts on computer purchases made by students. Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (2nd floor, SAASB building) between 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. for information and application materials.