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Bring your own laptop (BYOL)

All Bond University students are required to have a laptop that meets the following minimum standards and has minimum software requirements installed.

Having a reliable laptop that meets the minimum specifications is crucial to ensure a smooth academic experience. Whether you're attending interactive forums, collaborating with classmates, completing digital assessments, or conducting research, your laptop must be capable of handling various software and applications commonly used in universities.

The estimated cost ranges from $800 AUD to $1600 AUD for a new device.

Section 2

General minimum specifications

Program-specific requirements

Please note that certain programs or applications may have additional system requirements. It is important to review the specifications provided on the Additional compulsory costs page to ensure compatibility with the software and tools you will be using throughout your studies. 

Apple and Windows minimum specifications

SpecificationApple MacBookWindows Laptop
ProcessorARM M1+Intel Core i5+ (Quad Core) [ML1] [LH2] [ML3] OR AMD Ryzen 3+
RAM8 GB or higher (16GB Recommended)8 GB or higher (16GB Recommended)
Storage256 GB SSD or higher (512 GB SSD recommended)256 GB SSD or higher (512 GB SSD recommended)
Operating SystemmacOS (latest version & updates)Windows 10 (latest version & updates)
Display13-inch or larger13-inch or larger with 1920x1080 pixels
Battery Life4 hours or longer4 hours or longer
Wi-fi802.11ac (wi-fi 5+)802.11ac (wi-fi 5+)
WebcamUser-facing, inbuilt microphone and speakersUser-facing, inbuilt microphone and speakers

The following devices cannot be used as the primary device for taking digital assessments:

  • Smartphones
  • Android tablets

The following are not recommended for digital exams due to limitations:

  • iPads
  • Chromebooks


Installing university software

Ensure that your laptop is capable of installing university software as required for your studies. It is essential to have administrative access to install and update software packages and tools provided by Bond University, and it’s important to ensure you have sufficient disk storage to accommodate the software and associated files.

Updates and maintenance

Over the course of your studies at Bond, technology advances will continue to be released. It is your responsibility to maintain compatibility with evolving technology standards.

To ensure your device will work with university technologies, enable automatic updates to your operating system, browser, and software whenever possible. Remember, maintaining up-to-date software and ensuring regular installation of security patches, amongst other adherence, is an ongoing responsibility you have as outlined in Bond’s Information Security Policy. By doing so, you can ensure a safer, more efficient, and productive computing experience throughout your academic journey.

Laptop issues and repairs

Having a laptop with a sufficient warranty would be beneficial. The Bond IT support team focuses on Bond-supplied software and on-campus connectivity troubleshooting. The team does not have the resources or expertise to handle hardware or other issues for personal devices. If you encounter hardware problems such as a malfunctioning keyboard or a broken screen, it is advisable to contact your device supplier or seek assistance from a professional technician. They will have the necessary expertise and resources to address hardware-related concerns effectively. For software-related troubleshooting, IT support can provide general guidance and assistance to resolve issues.

Regular review of specifications

Keep in mind that technology advances rapidly, and the requirements for software and applications may change over time. It is recommended that students who plan to study for several years review these minimum specifications every few years to ensure their device still meets the necessary standards.

Need a computer?

Determine your budget for getting access to a laptop. Consider whether you prefer to invest in a new device or explore more affordable options such as refurbished, second-hand, or borrowed laptops. Keep in mind that the specifications mentioned earlier should serve as a baseline for a reliable laptop.
If you don’t have access to a computer or your computer doesn’t meet the minimum specifications, there are a few things you can do:
•    Purchase a laptop: As a Bond student, you may be eligible for discounted pricing. Most computer suppliers offer student discounts, so be on the lookout for educational pricing (e.g. Dell, Apple, HP).
•    Borrow a laptop:  If purchasing a computer is not feasible, consider borrowing a laptop from friends, family, or classmates. You will need to make sure you have ready access throughout the semester and that you are allowed to install university software on it. 

The university does provide access to shared desktop computers around campus, which may provide for some of your study needs or as a backup in the event of a device failure. However, digital exams are bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and would require you to borrow or purchase a suitable device for any digital assessments if you do not have one of your own.

Note: The University does not have a loan service for laptops. Backup devices are only available as failure replacements for your primary laptop during exams,  and only on a first-come, first-served basis.  You are expected to bring a suitable laptop with you to the exam.

Need help accessing a laptop during your studies?

If you have trouble with access to a laptop over the course of your studies, it is essential that you communicate your situation to your subject lead educator or Faculty SASQ Officer. They may provide additional guidance or make accommodations to support your circumstances.