Welcome to the George Washington University! Please use the information below to get started with the technology at the University prior to coming to campus and beginning classes.
For additional technology related information visit the Getting Started webpage.
What to Do Before You Arrive
What Should You Bring?
Should I bring a laptop or a desktop?
Processor: Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5, or Apple M1RAM: 8GBStorage: 256GB SSDOS: Windows 10/11 Version 21H2 or macOS 12WiFi: WiFi 5 (802.11ac)Security:
- Encryption: Microsoft BitLocker or Apple FileVault
- Anti-malware: Microsoft Defender or other third-party anti-malware product
- Firewall: Built-in Firewall Enabled
We also recommend that you check with your school for any additional specifications that may be required for your discipline.
Desktop vs. laptop is largely a matter of personal preference. Consider the following questions: Will you need the portability of a laptop, or do you prefer the cost advantage of purchasing a desktop? Laptops are portable and can ease the trip between residence hall room, library, classroom and home over break. Desktop computers tend to be less expensive than laptops and allow for increased expansion and upgrades. Regardless of what you choose, you will need to take some common-sense precautions to protect your investment. Laptop locks can be purchased from most electronics stores. Whether you have a desktop or a laptop, you should ALWAYS lock your door when you leave your room, and never walk away from your computer in a public place. Ultimately, the physical security of your computer and the security of your files and documents are your responsibility.
Is there wireless in residence hall rooms?
GW offers two types of wireless network to GW students.
- GWireless is a secure wireless network that uses an authentication method that works with computers, Apple iOS mobile devices and a variety of Android devices. GW community members may log into GWireless using their GW NetIDs (the GW NetID is the part of a GW email address before the “@” symbol) and the passwords that correspond to their NetIDs.
- GW is also pleased to offer GW students the ability to connect certain models of gaming consoles and streaming devices to the GWConnect network. The GWConnect wireless network currently supports Roku, Apple TV, Playstation 4, XBox One, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Alexa Device, and Nintendo Switch. Use Martha Chat to connect your device(s). Access GW's knowledge base or GWConnect network webpage for more information.
- GW also offers GWired, a high speed wired network connection, to students living in the residence hall. The Walk-In Support Centers can provide equipment to connect devices with an ethernet port to our wired dorm network. Visit the Walk-In Support Centers webpage for contact information and office hours.
Is there network storage space for my documents?
GW offers GW Box, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive for file storage. Visit the Backup, Storage & Document Management webpage for more information.
Should I bring a cell phone?
Should I bring my TV, gaming console, or streaming device?
Can I set up a router?
Do I need a printer?
What are GW's policies regarding use of the network?
GW Network users agree to adhere to the GWired Code of Conduct as well as the Code of Conduct for Users of Computing Systems and Services at the George Washington University. Violation of either policy may result in judicial action and possible loss of your connection.
Other Items You May Want to Bring
What to Do When You Get Here
Connect your devices and watching TV
For more information on connecting your devices to the GW Network visit the Getting Started webpage.
Download free software
What to Do When You Need Help
Problem with your housing? Need routine and emergency maintenance, moving services, pest control, or HVAC repairs? Contact Campus Living and Residential Education (CLRE) for housing related questions. More information can be found on the CLRE webpage.
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