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Living on campus is not only convenient, it offers an exceptional opportunity for finding friends and making important connections as you start college life. With more than 40 residence halls, including more than a dozen living-learning communities, we invite you to find a community where you live, learn, laugh, and launch your Virginia Tech experience. Click “Living Here” in the black navigation bar to explore all on-campus housing, as well as other tips and hints for life on campus and in Blacksburg. Welcome home, Hokies!

Remember those lengthy lists of school supplies you had to buy back in the day?

Those days are over…sort of. You’ll still need a few essentials, but nothing is more essential than your very own computer. Each year, Virginia Tech establishes basic computer requirements for incoming students, but check with your department in case they have additional specifications when it comes to choosing your computer.

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First things first: you need a PID. Everyone at Virginia Tech has a personal identifier called a PID—and you can’t change it, so steer clear of LAX4Lyfe98 or GirlieGirlXoXo. You’ll be using this to communicate with professors and apply for internships and jobs, so keep it simple and professional. Your PID serves as your email address and gives you access to most secure Virginia Tech websites, like Hokie SPA and MyVT.

Virginia Tech email runs through Google, and once you create your PID, you’ll have an account. You can check your email at http://start.google.vt.edu/—just use your PID@vt.edu.

4Help @ Virginia Tech provides a step-by-step guide for new students. The guide covers everything from creating your PID and purchasing necessary software to connecting to the internet and staying secure online, so spend some time exploring their website.

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