Student Technology

Student Technology Help

Binghamton University students have access to technical assistance through the ITS Help Desk by contacting (607) 777-6420 or by visiting IT Self Service. Also, check out the helpful links on the Help Desk main page.


In addition, resident students have access to technical assistance through ResCons. ResCons are located in the Residence Halls and can help with network connectivity and software issues. Additional information about the ResCons is available at: ResCon Program. 


2 factor authentication (2FA) information

Binghamton University Computer Account 
Students are assigned a Binghamton University Computer Account automatically when they apply to Binghamton University. Your BU Computer Account is used to access University computers and applications. 

To claim your account, setup 2FA and/or reset your password visit:

Information Technology Services advises people to never send any passwords via an email message for any reason. You should change your passwords often and follow safe computing guidelines when creating new passwords.

Email (Bmail) Account
Each student is issued a email account, commonly called a Bmail account, when a student accepts admission and pays their deposit (or the deposit is waived). The BU Computer Account Username is used as the first part of your email address (ex.

ITS has partnered with Google to provide our users with robust email service as well as many collaborative and productivity focused applications known as Google Workspace for Education. Some of these applications include: Google Calendars, Drive, Sites and Groups. Before logging into Google Workspace for the first time, you must create a secure password. To do this, go to and follow the instructions.

Student Computer Hardware

First check with your department, as they will have proper recommendations for you (such as Apple/PC, laptop/desktop, etc.), then go from there.

Nursing, Pharmacy, and School of Management students are required to have a laptop. Other programs do not require a computer, but we recommend that students have a computer for their convenience. NOTE: Students tend to prefer laptops since they are mobile and allow the student to work anywhere, as needed.

We recommend checking with the school or program for specific requirements, such as:

Our General Recommended Specs for Student Computers

Minimum specs for a student computer are:

  Windows PC Mac
Operating System Windows 10 version 2004 64bit macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
Processor Intel i5 Intel i5
Memory 16GB 16GB
Hard Drive 256GB Hard-Drive 256GB Hard-Drive
Warranty 1-3 yr. Manufacturer’s Warranty 1-3 yr. AppleCare

  Recommended specs for a new student computer, to last 4 years:

  Windows 10 PC Mac
Operating System Windows 10 version 20H2 64bit macOS 11.2 (Big Sur)
Processor Intel i5 or i7 M1 (Apple Silicon)
Memory 16GB+ 16GB+
Hard Drive 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Warranty 3 yrs. on-site manufacturer’s warranty 3 yrs. AppleCare

NOTE: Chromebooks and iPads are not recommended as a primary computer due to limited software availability.

Apple and Dell both have discounts for students available at:

Need to borrow equipment? 

The COVID Student Laptop & Hotspot Loaner program has ended and has been replaced with a new program. The new program provides 3 types of laptop loans for students: short-term, long-term (student in need), and device repair. Hotspots are no longer available for loan. MORE INFORMATION...

Student Software Solutions

Binghamton University provides a variety of software for students to use for academic and research purposes. Below are links to software that students can access while a student at Binghamton University:

ITS Computer Labs

All computers in the public Computer Labs require your Binghamton University username and password to log in. Once you've logged in, you will be able to connect to your Bmail, Google Apps, etc.:

  • Check the Labs Directory - the list of available ITS Computing Labs; capacity, hardware, equipment, etc.
  • Use LiveMaps or check out the LabFind App for available computers.
    Check the schedule and see what is available in each lab before visiting a lab to make sure it is open.
  • And more...

Student Printing

To view quota balance, set up devices to print, printing history, print jobs pending release, or upload files and more....