Your Guide to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at MIT Manukau

As technology and wireless internet become more accessible, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is fast becoming a standard feature of secondary and tertiary education. MIT Manukau offers free wireless and has been designed to support BYOD.

So what does this mean for students at MIT Manukau?

The device you need

For all programmes at Level 4 or above, you will need a laptop to study

If you need to purchase a new laptop

If you do not currently own a laptop or are thinking of buying a new one, we recommend you purchase one with the following specifications, or better, to future proof your needs and ensure a great experience;

  • Windows 10 (or Mac OS 10.x Yosemite or higher)
  • i3 dual core or equivalent processor (i5 or equivalent if you are an IT student)
  • 4GB RAM (at least 8GB for all IT programmes)
  • 320GB or greater hard drive
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual band
  • At least a 13 inch screen
  • Up-to-date antivirus software
If you currently own a laptop

Be sure that it has these minimum specifications or above, to use at MIT Manukau. The minimum specifications are;

  • A 10 inch screen or larger
  • 4GB RAM (at least 8GB for all IT programmes)
  • 50GB free space minimum
  • Windows v7.0 or higher (XP will not work)
  • Apple Mac 10.6 (Leopard) or higher
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual band
  • CPU meets vendor OS minimum requirements. (Please note for IT students CPU must be i5 or equivalent)

What about software?

Most prescribed software required for your programme of study will be channeled via the BYOD portal called Citrix. This means you don’t have to purchase and install them onto your device provided you have access to the internet.

Whilst onsite, you will connect to MIT’s WiFi network. Once offsite, you will need to access your home network in order to access Citrix. Please note however, some software used in the specialist labs i.e. networking and multi-media labs are not available on Citrix. These applications are only available on the specialist lab computers.

Microsoft 365

In addition to Citrix, MIT provides Microsoft Office to every student free of charge. This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote is available for you to download onto your Windows or Mac device (allowing you to use these applications on or off line).

You can install Office on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad).

You can afford it

Most students will find they already own a laptop that is suitable for study at MIT Manukau. 

For those that need to purchase a new laptop, there are a number of ways to finance it.

  • Students can use the Studylink annual course materials allowance to purchase their device if they have an approved student loan. Please visit
  • A number of retailers PB Technologies and Noel Leeming offer special deals, discounts and financing options. Leading retailer PB Technologies operate an IT support store onsite.

Getting set up

As a new student you will be required to attend Orientation, full details will be provided with your enrolment confirmation.

During the Orientation, you will learn about the building, its spaces and how to use its technology. By the end of Orientation, you will be set up and ready to go for your first class.

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