Services (Printing, Email, Web, Software)

Now that you're set up and ready to begin working within the department, here is some useful information that you may want to know.

Each user account comes with a home directory for file storage. For communication, each user account has an e-mail account, and you can create a personal webpage within your account for public viewing. There are also printers available for department use, which you can find information about here.

See what facilities the department offers, and read the policies we have set up in the department for safe computing.

E-mail account

The email address for your CS account, which is provided to you along with your home directory, is "" or "".

For more info regarding email service, including how to set up your account, see our e-mail section.

We also have many mailing lists for department members, managed by majordomo. You'll be automatically subscribed to any lists pertaining to your roles in the department.

Home Directory and Disk Quota

Each account in the department is provided with a home directory, allowing users file server space. All file space is monitored by a disk quota. The default quota depends on your position within the department.

For research work requiring large amounts of storage, students should consider looking for space on the research file servers (if available).

Personal Webpage

You can choose to list your personal webpage under your user information. For details on how to set up your webpage for public viewing, go to the webpage section.

Printing, Photocopiers, etc.

General access printers are available to CS users, for a small fee per page. For grads, faculty, and staff, photocopying, fax machines and colour printing are also available.

Software, Working Remotely

To remotely access services provided by the department, you can SSH to our compute servers. For Windows users (non-undergraduate), you can use our Terminal Services Environment ("tse"), or you can use the Windows Remote Desktop Connection. See our Remote Access section for details on what servers are available and how to acess them.

Unix environment

The majority of our work is done in Unix. You can access the department Unix machines remotely, and run programs using our shared environment. The default shell is /bin/csh unless otherwise specified at account creation. (The available shells are /bin/csh, /bin/tcsh, /bin/sh, and /bin/bash. You may request to have your default shell changed by contacting

For more info on our environment, see:


We offer several pieces of software to members of our department for use on personal computers.

  1. Microsoft Imagine Premium (formerly MSDNAA) offers our community free copies of Microsoft operating systems, servers, and development platforms for academic use. (NOT AVAILABLE for visitors)
  2. NetSarang XManager brings Linux servers to Windows desktops, allowing you to connect via an integrated shell and run X applications over SSH. It also has key management, FTP functionality, and more.
  3. Virus Scanning Software is provided by UBC to all members of the UBC community.

Computing Facilities

Research & Staff Facilities: Supported platforms in our research facilities are Solaris, Linux (the current Open SuSE distribution), and Windows 7/XP/Vista. Users can access these platforms via a network terminal, a desk/office workstation, or one of two general computing labs (ICICS 106 and ICICS 306). Note that the UNIX and Windows environments are separate, and as such each user has two accounts (same ID), and in order to access your home directory (where your files will primarily be stored), the two passwords must remain the same.

Teaching Facilities: Supported platforms in our teaching/undergraduate facilities are Linux (the current Open SuSE distribution), and Windows. Undergrads can access linux machines remotely.

Also available is wireless networking, provided by UBC's IT Services.


An Acceptable Use Policy has been established concerning the facilities provided by the Computer Science Department. This policy is neither intended to restrict academic freedom nor act as a substitute for common sense and courtesy for others, but rather to set forth in specific ways how these principles can be expressed within the changing social and technological environment of the facilities administered by Computer Science. It applies to all users without exception. Any use of the facilities described above is deemed to constitute acceptance of this policy.

The Acceptable Use Policy can be found here.

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