Clare College Cambridge

DS Facilities - Workstations, Print, Filestore and More

Information on all DS (Desktop Services) Facilities can be found here:



The Managed Cluster Service

The Managed Cluster Service (MCS) is for the use of all students and staff of Cambridge University, and provides networked PCs (ruuning Windows/Linux) and Macs running a wide range of software, together with printers and scanners. The MCS machines provide access to:

  • Desktop Services PCs and Macs (Managed Cluster Service)
  • Central printing facilities (DS-Print); also accessible from your own computer while connected to our network
  • Central Filestore (DS-Filestore)
  • Mobile App & Brouser accss to your files (DS-Files)
  • Access MCS Apps from your own Device (DS-Remote)

The following MCS facilities are available in Clare. Most PCs can boot to Linux except for those in the Turpin Law Reading Room (J Staircase). 

Memorial Court

Computer Facilities

Printing Facilities 

Upstairs FML computer room

5 x PCs

2 x Macs 

1 x scanner

1 x A4 colour laser printer

Downstairs FML computer room 5 x PCs

1 x scanner

1 x A3/A4 mono laser printer

In addition to these facilities, there is a quiet study room through the Neild Room with individual study carrels which have network sockets to allow you to connect your own laptop to the Internet.

Turpin Law Reading Room 2 x PCs 1 x A4 colour laser printer
K Staircase first floor 3 x PCs, 1 x Mac 1 x A4 laser printer
M Staircase Attic (next to M17) 3 x PCs, 1 x Mac 1 x A4 laser printer
X Staircase (X2) ground floor 6 x PCs

1 x scanner

1 x A4 colour laser printer

Old Court

Computer Facilities

Printing Facilities 

Hepple Room (D staircase)  

1 x PC, 1 x Mac 1 x A4 mono laser printer    


Computer Facilities

Printing Facilities 

Castle House (basement)  



Castle End (dining hall)   

7 x PCs 

3 x Macs  



1 x A4 colour laser printer

1 x A4 mono laser printer    

2 x scanners

1 x A4 mono laser printer

Clare Court (Garden Block A)

Computer Facilities

Printing Facilities 

 Communal Area


 1 x A4 mono laser printer


eCredit Pre-payment & My DS-Print

eCredit is a pre-payment scheme run by University Information Services (UIS) for Uni IT-related charges. You use your credit to pay for printing not just in Clare, but also in University Departments and for other MCS facilities that utilise the common balance scheme.

Before you can print, you must prepay a minimum of £1 by cash or credit/debit card into your eCredit account via the MyDS-Print portal.

All ways to pay are explained here.

Please be aware of the following caveats:

  • No credit = No printing
  • Plan ahead - the eCredit facility can several minutes to process and update your printing balance once you have sent your request - watch for the confirmation email
  • Any credit remaining at the end of your stay can be refunded by contacting  

More information about online payments can be found here:


Clare charges are 4p per A4 side for mono and 14p per A4 side for colour. You may find that other Colleges and Departments charge differently. All of Clare's DS printers are stocked with recylcled paper and default to double sided (duplex) printing.  List of Clare's printers with respective charges.

Changing to Colour - Decoding the Printer Names

If you wish to print in colour, you need to choose the colour printer queue from the printer list. See below for an example of the typical printer naming convention:





= Clare Forbes Mellon Library Upstairs Laser Printer

= Clare Forbes Mellon Library Upstairs Colour Laser Printer

Changing the printer options

As the printers are set to print double sided and use recycled paper as default, you need to change these options when you want to print single sided or from the non-recycled tray. To change the paper tray or duplex setting to single-sided, you must change the properties of the printer on your computer. This is done by selecting File/Print and changing the properties manually.


Print from your room: DS-Print


This service provides registered users of the Desktop Services at the University of Cambridge the ability to print to DS printers from their own computer. Information on how to set this up can be found here. There is currently support for Windows and Mac Operating Systems.

DS-Print for Linux has not been oficially launched, however those wanting to use this service should contact IT Support for advice.


Free Online File Storage: DS-Filestore


Your Desktop Services filespace can be used to store files which you create on your own computer system or at a DS Workstation, or which you transfer using any standard method of file transfer. You can see your filespace from any network-connected machine. Your filespace is allocated to you when you become a Desktop Services user, and cannot, by default, be read or written to by anybody else.

Among other things, your DS filespace can conveniently be used to store backup copies of your files, on a system which is itself centrally backed-up and therefore secure. You can also use it to store and publish personal web pages.

You can access your filestore in a number of ways: 

  • CIFS/SMB The easiest process is to mount your personal filespace directly on your desktop, so that it just looks like another device like a CD drive or USB flash memory. This is straightforward if your machine is inside the cam domain (but not using Eduroam)
  • DS-Files:If you are inside or outside the cam domain you can use a Web interface via DS-Files - This provides slightly more restricted facilities, depending on the capabilities and configuration of your web browser.  There is also a mobile app called 'DS-Files' available from the App Store and Google Play 
  • File transfer:You can always operate by transferring files using normal file transfer utilities. To do this, connect (using any file transfer program that supports SFTP) to using your standard Desktop Services username and password.
  • Remote login:From any system you can login remotely (using ssh or slogin) to MCS Linux (login to and manage your files directly using Unix commands. 
You can remotely check your quota at

Access MCS Apps from your own Device: DS-Remote

DS-Remote is a service primarily for the use of students to aid access to Windows applications outside of the MCS for use on your own device, having installed a remote desktop client. 

Information on all DS (Desktop Services) Facilities can be found here: