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Buying for personal use

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There are a number of discounts available for members of the University wanting to buy computer equipment for personal use.

The main discounts can be obtained from:

  • Our preferred suppliers (see below)
  • Educational discounts from other companies (see below)
  • Companies offering student discount via NUS Extra or UNiDAYS
  • Advice sites such as Money Saving Expert, who recommend discounts, comparison sites and buying tips

Make sure you shop around, and get a range of quotes.

Preferred suppliers

When you visit the below websites, to prove you're a member of the University, you may need to:

  • access their website from a University of York IP address. To do this, either use a machine on campus, or connect from off campus using the VPN.
  • use your University email address when you place your order.

Laptops and PCs

Stone is the University's preferred supplier of laptops and PCs.

Ensure that a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and operating system are included in the price before you place your order.


Educational discounts from other companies


Staff - Academia are our preferred supplier for Apple products for staff. If you purchase an item from Academia, you will be asked to enter a PO number. This is just a reference for delivery.


Students - Student Superstore are our preferred supplier for Apple products for students.

Student Superstore

Devices that won't work on the Uni network

If you're thinking about buying equipment to use on campus, please check that it will work with our network before you buy.

As a general rule, any device designed for a domestic setting and controlled from a phone or tablet won't work. PCs and tablets should work fine

For more information, see:

Remember that the decision is yours alone. IT Services does not accept any responsibility with regard to privately purchased equipment. The contract is between you and the supplier.