How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education? (Part 2)

In our last post, we looked at how an institution can associate Student Advantage licences with an existing Office 365 Education tenant. Today, we'll answer the question “how do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?” from a student perspective.

Once an institution has allocated the Office 365 ProPlus licences that underpin the Student Advantage benefit students will not necessarily see anything different in their experience of Office 365. So, in the spirit of sharing, here are a couple of ideas for how to spread the word:

  • Send an email to all students informing them of the new software available to them.
  • Promote a link to the software through your student portal.
  • Put posters up around school / campus advertising the new software.
  • Use social media to communicate the new benefit.

The direct link, if you want to include it in communication, is: but without the direct link, here’s what you need to know…

Students will need to sign into Office 365 with their credentials in the usual way, such as through your SSO portal, directly into OWA, etc. Once there, click on the little sprocket in the top right-hand corner, and select Office 365 settings from the menu.

Office 365 settingsThis will take you to your main settings page, where you can see all sorts of interesting things, but in the context of Student Advantage and Office 365 ProPlus we’re only interested in the software link.

Office 365 settings page

Clicking the software link will take you to the page, below, where you can access your Office 365 ProPlus software!


Simply select the appropriate language, and whether you want the 32-bit or 64-bit (click advanced to unlock that option) and then click install. Your Office 365 ProPlus experience will then begin.

If you’re running Mac OS X then this screen may look a little different to let you download Office for Mac 2011.

Office Mobile for iOS and Android

One of the additional benefits of Student Advantage is that Office 365 ProPlus enables the use of Office Mobile for iOS for iPhones and Office Mobile for Android for Android phones. I wrote about this a little while ago, with links to the various stores (iTunes and Google Play).

The apps themselves are free, but require an active subscription to use. Download the app to your device, and sign in with your Office 365 credentials to get started.

Comments (5)

  1. Lisa Caporale says:

    Ahhh! Thank you! Just what I was referring to in Part 1 using the comment.

  2. jamesbmarshall says:

    @Lisa glad you found this useful!

    Yes, part one covers how institutions get the licences to assign to users. This post is the key one to share with your students as it covers how they access the software. 🙂

  3. reza bardien says:

    Thanks for the clarity, James. Are there installation alternatives to each student downloading their own copy of Office (bandwidth costs/limitations)? In the context of Student BYOD device programmes, could the bits be made available for OEM's to include in their device image to pre-install for qualifying students/institutions with students only having to complete the authentication/registration process outlined above?

  4. jamesbmarshall says:

    @Reza great idea, but I don't think it would be possible for OEMs to do this.

    Certainly, institutions can deliver the bits locally rather than via Office 365 (although the licenses are still managed there).

    Office 365 ProPlus uses Click to Run to stream the apps down to the device, so hopefully it will be very simple and quick for students to get access and start using!

  5. Peter Whitehouse says:

    @Reza most windows 8 / 8.1 devices are pre-installed with the office click to run components now anyway and require either a product key from a PKC to start the redemption process or a login to an account that already has office associated, I presume this will work with student's office 365 logins.

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