Special Buying Information

New Students | Parents | Alumni | Retirees | Dearborn & Flint | Departments

New Students

Why Tech Shop?

There are many great things about being a Wolverine, and there are a lot of good reasons to gear up for school at Tech Shop. Here are a few:

  • We Know U-M
    Most of our employees are U-M students with in-depth knowledge about computing on campus. They can give you the inside scoop on what you'll really need. If you want to test-drive a computer before you buy, come on in to one of our stores for a hands-on demo.
  • We Have Academic Discounts
    Don't commit until you've done a price check!
  • We Service What We Sell
    We stay with you through the life of your device, servicing computers right on campus. No more sending computers away and waiting forever.

Choosing the Right Computer

These are some general recommendations for a computer system that will serve you well at U-M. Definitely check with your school to see if you need something more specific. If you'd like help exploring options, let us know and we'll be glad to give you custom advice.

See What Your School Needs

These schools require specific computer systems for students:

Check out these schools' recommendations on system specifications:


Contact us if you have any questions. We're here to help!


As you shop for your student, we look forward to partnering with you to ensure that they get the products they need! Our business rules (associated with the educational discounts and licenses provided by our vendor partners) dictate that we must match computer and software sales directly to a registered U-M student. Please note that your student will be required to show U-M ID and/or log in with a uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password.

You and your student may:

  • purchase in-store together.
  • order online.
    If you choose store pick-up and your student cannot be present at the sale, please have your student send a email naming you as an authorized purchaser from their U-M email account to [email protected].
  • purchase a Tech Shop gift card that your student can redeem for the supplies they need.

All communication regarding purchases (confirmations, back-orders, etc.) is directed to the student's U-M email.


We're proud to offer all University of Michigan alumni academic pricing that may not be available to you anywhere else.

Local alumni are welcome to shop any of our campus locations, take advantage of our trade-in program, and utilize our Tech Consulting and Tech Repair services.

Wolverines across the country can order online and have product shipped direct; you just need a uniqname to set up a customer account. Don't have a uniqname? No problem! You can create a uniqname online.

Some restrictions apply to software titles; please contact us for details.


Please continue to consider Tech Shop your computer store! While some of our computer and software vendors require active university affiliation to purchase from us, you are eligible to shop from a broad selection of products in our catalog.

Dearborn & Flint

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to purchase from Tech Shop. Order online, and we'll either ship your products direct to your door or have your product waiting in the store when you come in.


Tech Shop offers a wide range of standard and exclusive services for U-M Departments, including hardware purchase and repair service billed to shortcode.