Computers and information technology play an important role in engineering education at the School of Engineering and Technology, Deakin University, Australia. Experience has shown that there are significant demographic differences between on- and off-campus engineering student groups. It was thought that the differences in the student groups might also lead to differences in computer usage patterns between the groups. A survey on computer usage was undertaken to determine the computer usage patterns of students at the commencement of their studies. The survey revealed differences between on- and off-campus students in whether students indicated they were regular computer users (on-campus = 77.2%, off-campus = 94.7%), the average reported hours per week usage of computers (on-campus = 6.0 h, off-campus = 23.3 h), the reported source of computer access, whether students indicated they were regular users of e-mail (on-campus = 29.8%, off-campus = 73.7%), whether students indicated they were regular users of the World Wide Web (on-campus = 38.6%, off-campus = 68.4%), and the reported source of World Wide Web access. It is proposed that the differing personal circumstances of the two student groups may contribute to the difference in survey responses.