These may be two of the best words during your time here (second to maybe “Free Pizza”). You may not be aware, but Northeastern ITS is the source of a bunch of stuff you want or need – for less or for nothing.* Take full advantage of your student status with these offerings:
Microsoft Office – We’ve talked about this a lot recently, click on over here to learn how you can get the latest Mac or Windows Office version for FREE.
Software Downloads – If you haven’t looked at this section under the Self Service tab on myNEU, you should (the link is under the Study and Course Resources section). This is where you get the software for your computer to utilize the free printing on campus, SAS, EndNote and a free version of the Symantec Endpoint Protection antivirus software.
Free & Discounted Software – This section on myNEU is one of a few sources for software (Self-Service tab, under the Tech Marketplace section). ITS has negotiated a number of deals with vendors to get you software for use on your personal computer for free or for a serious discount (like Adobe Creative Cloud, the whole thing, for $20/month). Microsoft’s DreamSpark program is also available to get a lot of their more specialized software, and you can learn more about that here. Few tips: You may need to sign in again with your myNEU username and password. Mac users – be sure to access the site using Safari, the vendor site isn’t a fan of other browsers.
Direct-from-Vendor Software – In some cases you have direct access to some of the big players in specialized software – AutoDesk (AutoCAD, Maya, Revit), Wolfram Mathematica and Mathworks MATLAB. Check out the student instructions in each featured software package on the Software Overview page.
Northeastern Printing Plan – Every September, Northeastern provides a $120 credit on your Husky Card for printing. Currently there are a total of 40 black-and-white and color printers across the Boston campus that are part of the Northeastern Printing Plan. Learn more about how this works and find where exactly the printers are located here.
Need to add more money for printing? If you have a $0.00 balance on your printing credit, you can add funds on your Husky Card and use Husky Dollars to pay for printouts. The $120 printing credit refreshes at the start of every academic year.
Lynda.com Training – When you want to know how to do something with software or on the web – as new skills for co-op, or just for fun – you’ll likely find the answers here. Sign in with your myNEU username and password through the Northeastern portal at lynda.northeastern.edu, or use the web sign in option on the mobile app, and you’ve got free access to thousands of courses on everything from Maya to Drupal.
In-Person Training – Online courses are great, but sometimes it’s still good to be able to ask a question. ITS offers a range of classes every month that you can attend on campus, right in Snell Library. Go here, and sign in with your myNEU username and password, to browse the schedule and sign up.
VPN – Ok so this is more of a tool than a perk, but as of January 7, 2015, students have access to Northeastern’s VPN. This is helpful if you are working with a professor on research and need to access certain resources from off campus and need to be secure. Details can be found here.
Laptop STOPTheft Registration – So this is a perk brought to you by NUPD who, like us, don’t want you to end up in the Crime Log for having your stuff stolen. You can register your laptop for free. Details can be found on the NUPD website.
* Because we need to be official – all of this is tied to you being here at Northeastern. When you leave, it disappears. Most of it you can pick up on your own and transfer after graduation, but the big freebies are for active students only. In many cases, ITS pays for software licensing, making it possible to offer students software at no charge.