Resources

Internet Access 

The University does not promote or endorse any specific vendor; if you need internet access, one of these options may be right for you.  

At the time of this posting, we know of these free Internet offers for low-income families: 

  • Comcast (Xfinity): Xfinity WiFi Network nationally for free for two months to low income families  

  • Cox: First two months free of Connect2Compete service to qualified low income families 

WiFi Hotspots

Please maintain proper precautions while accessing wifi outside your home. 

  • UAWiFi: There are locations where you can access the UAWiFi and eduroam networks on campus and around the state.
  • Public libraries: Contact your local public library to see what resources they may have. Pima County Public Library networks are available in drive-up hotspots 6:00am to 10:00pm. See Arizona's Public Library WiFi Availability for libraries throughout the state. A green pin means available 24/7;  yellow means business hours only; blue, extended hours; grey, no data.
  • Xfinity hotspots: Xfinity is allowing free access to any of their hotspots, usually only available to customers. Check the Xfinity hotspot map to see whether there is a location near you.

Connect securely. Be aware that when you are on a public wifi network your information is not secure. Use the UA VPN to securely connect to the campus network. 

Equipment Checkout 

Computer Labs 

Software 

  • Software licenses: Free and low-cost software you can install on your computer, including Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, and more.  

  • VCAT: VCAT offers specialized software that you may normally access in a OSCR computer lab on main campus. Numerous software applications you can use virtually through your internet connection.  

  • Online Software Support: OSCR consultants are available via Zoom session to assist and guide you on how to use software to finish your projects. Adobe Creative Cloud, SolidWorks, other multimedia software, Office 365 applications, and more.

Security 

  • Antivirus: Keep an antivirus/anti-malware subscription up to date on your computer. If you don’t currently have one, Sophos Home is an option.  

  • UA VPN: If you are working on an unsecured wireless network, use the campus VPN for a secure connection to the campus network.