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Printing and photocopying

What printing and photocopying facilities are there?

You'll find printers and photocopiers in each of our libraries.

You can print from the computers in our computer rooms or from your own laptop or mobile device (see below).

How much do prints and photocopies cost?

The amount you are charged depends on the type of document you print or photocopy.

The print service offers smart printing so documents with colour and black/white pages will be charged at the relevant price automatically.

Before you send jobs to print you can also choose printing options that will save paper and your printing costs.

Prints and photocopies
A4 A3
Black and white single-sided 5p 10p
Black and white double-sided 8p 16p
Colour single-sided 30p 70p
Colour double-sided 55p £1.20

How do I pay for my prints and photocopies?

We have a cashless payment system (previously called UNIpurse, which is stored on your Student ID Card). Each time you swipe your University ID card to collect your prints or photocopies, payment is deducted from the account on your card.

Every student begins the academic year with some credit on their ID card.

You can also add funds to your account by:

  • credit or debit card via your the online top-up (you can also check your balance here)
  • cash (minimum 10p) at one of our Print Pay Stations found at each campus
    • Harrow Library
    • Little Titchfield Street
    • Marylebone – Outside the Cayley Lecture Theatre
    • Cavendish – next to the cash machine, outside the bookshop

How do I check my print account balance?

Log into the Print Portal to access:

  • transaction history
  • recent print jobs
  • rates (printing and copying costs)
  • online card top up

You can also view the environmental impact of your print jobs.

The Print Portal can also be accessed via our Print Pay Stations and online top-up.

Watch the Accessing and logging in to the Papercut Print Portal video.

Can I print from my laptop or mobile device?

You can print from your laptop, PC, Mac, tablet or mobile without the need to install any drivers or software and you do not have to be connected to the University network. You can send jobs to print from home or over a mobile connection, and collect your print jobs (within 24 hours) when you are next on campus.

You can print documents in the following formats: Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word), OpenOffice, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIF, TXT.

You can print non-secure web content, ie not behind a signed-in page. You cannot print from Google docs. Note that the formatting of web content may mean that some pages may not print.

For more information, download our Everyone Print service guide (PDF).

Printing and photocopying guides

For more details on printing and photocopying, read through our guides and watch the tutorials on our Guides and tutorials page.

Guides and tutorials

Guides and tutorials

Videos and guidance on printing, researching your assignments and more.

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