University of Westminster Printing

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University of Westminster Printing


You can print, photocopy or scan using a single device known as a Multi-Functional Device or MFD. These devices can be found in our libraries and in the computer rooms around the University.

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

How much do prints and photocopies cost?

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

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 54p £1.20

In order to print in colour, you need to set the printer within the Print Properties.

The print service offers smart printing so documents with colour and black/white pages will be charged at the relevant price automatically. The printer will only print in colour if the Print Properties for the printer is set to colour. If there are black and white pages within a document that is sent to print as colour, you will be charged for black and white for those pages.

Before you send jobs to print you can also choose printing options that will save paper and your printing costs. By default, printing is set to black and white double-sided.

How do I pay for my prints and photocopies?

We have a cashless payment system. 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 will be credited with some credit on their ID card dependent on their own circumstances. This will happen by week 3 of teaching.

You can also add funds to your account through online top-up if you want to pay by credit, debit card or PayPal (you can also check your balance here).

How do I check my print account?

The Print Portal allows you to access the following:

  • Current balance
  • Recent print jobs
  • Transaction history, including what you have printed and whether the print was released from the printer or not
  • Rates (printing and copying costs)
  • Online card top-up
  • Environmental impact of your print jobs

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, i.e. 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 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.