You have to log in to campus computers using your student ID, so your account is given 400 pages of free print per semester.
The library has "info commons" which is a big computer lab with both PCs and Macs, so you can do work from those computers and print from there, but it's usually packed during "peak" campus hours (probably 11am-6pm). There's also the Quickprint station in the library, which is a bunch of computers with a 5-minute time limit, just enough time to print off whatever you need. Since the library is pretty central on campus, it's usually convenient to print on the way to your classes.
My S had a printer when he first started but I don't think he used it very much (and not sure if he even has it any more). As an engineering student, I'm not sure he's ever used up his free printing quota. Colorado_mom, I think engineering students can also set up a separate account with COE which gives them an additional 400 free pages/term. The engineering dept has its own computer lab (S had a work study job there his first 2 yrs) and students can also print from there.
Thanks scansmom! I didn't know about the COE printing.
Even ten cents/page sounds pretty good compared to dorm printer logistics. We plan to go without a printer and mail order one if really needed. Or maybe swing a deal with roommate if he has a printer where son buys the supplies. Not sure how much engineering courses require printing, but he does a lot of composing too.
My son brought a printer and used it often. If you frequently have the need to print late at night or at the last minute I think it's good to have one in your room. I wasn't too interested in having my son walking around campus late at night just to print something. Also, it's possible to buy a printer for less than $100...money well spent, in my opinion. His roommate brought one also...not sure if that was the norm or not. Son was glad he had it and will be bringing it back for his sophomore year.
Most likely won't have to buy additional paper/ink until the next year...unless you print a lot...a real lot! Son didn't run out of either last year. But, it's definitely a personal decision either way.
I do not even think about a printer - 400 pages per semester is much more than I'll use and I think I'm not the only one. Thus I believe that if someone really printed alone he could ask some of his friends to print for him every once in a while. Unless you value printers for not having to run somewhere each time you need to print something.
Computer science majors get free unlimited printing so long as it's in the cs labs in WVH. Honors also gets free printing in WVF, but they are always out of toner so it's not that great.
I have a printer in my room. I rarely use it, but it's really nice for when I'm already 10 minutes late and have to print 20 pages, because the library can take a while. But I invested in a laser printer, and I know a lot of people who hate their ink printers because they always are buying ink.
Personally I'd advise NOT asking friends to print things unless it's absolutely an emergency. I know many many people who started to really anger their friends because a "oh sure you can print that 1 page paper" turned into twice a week at 9 am printing off the 15 page required reading. If you don't have a printer, get into the habit of using info commons. Don't become one of those jerks who act like because your friends let you print something once or twice, you can always use it.