Welland Campus

SA 205
100 Niagara College Boulevard
Welland, Ontario L3C 7L3
905-735-2211 ext. 7659

Daniel J Patterson Campus

N010 135 Taylor Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
905-641-2252 ext. 4225


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Finding the perfect laptop is...easy?

The last thing you want to be worrying about is finding the right laptop, or space on campus to use a computer! This page will help you decide which laptop is right for you, and the open computer labs at both Welland and NOTL campuses! 

If you forgot your laptop at home (it totally happens) or yours has stopped working there are a number of open-access computer labs at both campus libraries that are available for students to use while on campus. Regular teaching computer labs are available for open-access use when scheduled classes are not in session. Download the ‘Niagara College Mobile App’ on Android and iOS to check computer availability in the open access labs and in the library. While there are options on campus for computer use, NC recommends that all students provide their own laptop to be successful. 

This is one of the most debated topics in today's tech world. There are extremely strong arguments on both sides. Lets preface this section by saying that this was written by NCSAC's Marketing Communications Manager - Andy Hall, and is his opinion, and not that of NCSAC. 

To sum it up, if you need to pick up a couch, sure you might be able to use a car, but a truck will make your life a lot easier. That very argument holds true with laptops, too. Depending on what it is you're doing - one is better than the other. 


If you're doing graphic design work, audio or video editing, a mac is going to be your absolute best friend. 


PCs are absolutely the perfect all-around laptop. If you just need a laptop for homework, note taking, and creating power point presentations, look no further than a generic PC!

The following options are great places for students to buy a laptop! The Apple Student location is year round, but the others have great back to school deals! If you're looking to save some dollars on your purchase, these links will help you find your way! 

**The NCSAC is not receiving any monetary kickback for supplying the above links, simply providing options!**

Remember, laptops aren’t one-size-fits-all. Consider your needs and personal preferences, including size (is it going to fit in your backpack?) and weight of the laptop, screen quality, processing speeds and capabilities, RAM, and storage. Stores have people who speak this language and can help you make the correct decision if you're unsure. 

There are three Engineering programs at NC (Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technician, and Construction Engineering Technology) that have very specific requirements for which hardware you use, and require students to use a Laptop Leasing Program to acquire exactly the laptop you need. 

For full information on that, click here

Once you've decided on which hardware you need/ want, the next step is getting the software! It is best to consult your "School Of" for the full list of software that you might need!

The best part? You can get the vast majority of what you'll need by acquiring your free version of Office 365! It has everything you're going to need from Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to Outlook and so much more. 

To get yours, click here