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IT Support essentials

A range of Information and Communication Technology services are available to you. ICT help is available - on campus or by telephone or via email. You can also join one of our IT Fundamentals or Blackboard workshops during O Week to get general IT information.

How to register: Register at the Student IT Helpdesk on the first floor of the Library, Tel: +61 7 5459 4455 or email

Your USC Account

Use this account to access USC systems including student email, USC Central, Blackboard, wireless internet and computers on campus.

Visit Find A PC if you need to locate an available PC on campus.

Your account username and password is included in your offer letter. You can log into your online student services from the bottom left corner of any page on the USC website. Just click the Login button and choose from the Student services column.

Use your USC Account to access:


You are required to check your USC student email at least once a week. Your email address is (your login name), your password is your USC Account password.

USC Central

Manage your enrolment via USC Central. Use this system to enrol in classes, update your contact details, and see your grades.


Your one-stop-shop for study materials. Find course outlines, study resources, access student forums, and submit assessments. Through Blackboard you can also access the Train Station (link in right column on landing page) which connects you to free online training tools (including covering a range of topics.

Wireless internet

Connect to wireless in and around all buildings on campus. First, configure your device via the instruction PDFs'. Then, connect to the network eduroam using your USC email address and password.

Step 1 – Visit

Step 2 – Select your devices' Operating System.

Step 3 – Follow the step-by-step configuration and connection guide.

If you are on the Sippy Downs or Gympie campuses but do not have an internet connection, connect your device to the Connect to USC network and load your web browser. The list of Operating systems will display for you to choose from.


You can find answers to your ICT questions at askUSC or contact the student IT Help Desk or Tel: +61 7 5459 4455 is an online learning space (free to Students) where you can access courses taught by recognised industry experts in business, software, technology and creative skills. As a USC student you have free membership and can log in to via the Train Station on Blackboard.

Recommended personal computer specifications

Students may have different computer and software requirements depending on the program being studied.

We understand that every student has a different budget, however it may be wise to avoid unknown (cheaper) brands. Whichever device you look at buying, it's a good idea to do some research online to see what owners of the device actually say about it. This can help you avoid buying something that isn't the best option for you or of poor quality. A simple google search should help you find some information.

The below information provides general guidelines and minimum requirements if you are looking to buy a new device.

Type of device

It is an advantage to have access to a desktop computer, laptop or tablet while studying. Many students use a laptop as it is easily transferable so you can bring it to campus and use at home. You can connect a laptop or tablet to the free wi-fi on campus. If you have a desktop computer at home you can use one of the USC computers in the Library (Sippy Downs campus) or in the computer labs. Keep in mind there may not always be a USC computer available when you want to use one.

Operating system

It is recommended that all students have a device that is running either Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.8 or later, or a recent version of Linux.

Hardware minimums
  • An Intel I3 processor or above (or an AMD equivalent).
  • 8GB of RAM.
  • Mobile devices: an 802.11g (or 802.11ac) Wi-Fi adapter (for wireless access on campus).

All students get a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 included as part of their enrolment and it can be installed on many different types of devices. View instructions on how to download your student copy of Microsoft Office.

Any up to date web browser will be compatible for most IT systems at USC. We suggest you have two web browsers installed on your device just in case. View information on the different Web Browsers.