Students! Now you can get a complimentary copy of Office!

UPDATE - 09/04/2015

Staff and students can use their their academic institution email address to check eligibility and download Office at


At Microsoft, everyone is united behind a single goal – help prepare students to become the best they can be.


Now, there’s an exciting new benefit that aims to go a long way to achieve that goal. 99% of university students in the UK can now obtain complimentary access to Office. This automatically updatable, subscription-based software ensures students always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote, and more for as long as they’re a student within a qualifying institution and the program continues.

According to IDC, students with Office skills are better prepared for work in the professional world and this new benefit offers the following:

• Install Office on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (inc iPad)

• Use with OneDrive (1TB cloud storage) for automatic device syncing

• Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular document software

• Use the same programs as the faculty to ensure full file fidelity

This offer is available to all students at qualifying institutions. To get your complimentary Office, simply contact your institutions IT department and discuss the fact that they can offer the Office 365 ProPlus Benefit to students as part of their institutions Office 365 Education agreement.

Any questions, just drop us a note in the comments below.

Comments (10)

  1. venetia house says:

    hi i am with the open university do you know who  i contact to get this?  would an email suffice to th

  2. Mohammed says:

    Which are the 1% of universities that do not offer this service?

  3. David says:

    Hi there,

    I am a teacher at De Aston School, Market Rasen, England, UK. Is this available to my students and myself, aged between 12 – 18?

  4. Charlie says:

    Does this mean that your university has to have Office 365 in order for this offer to be available? Can you get a similar deal with Office 2013 if that is the version your university uses?


  5. MARK TAYLOR says:

    My son is currently at Sheffield university and their it department have no knowledge of this

  6. hannah says:

    Hi there,

    I'm attending college on a level three course, would I qualify to get the free office 365?

  7. Dawn says:

    Hi  Does the OU offer this please?

  8. Jat'z says:

    Just spoken to IT department at my University and they have confirmed that they do not provide any complimentary copies, by the way i study at University of East London.

  9. Peter says:

    I have ask at IT department in University of Sheffield and they said its fake… can someone confirm this

  10. Hi everyone,

    Just to confirm, Office Pro Plus Benefit is real:…/by-anthony-salcito-vice-president-of-worldwide-education-office-365-proplus-benefit-now-available-to-students-and-educators-worldwide.aspx

    Your university needs to have a licencing agreement in place with Microsoft in order to take advantage of Pro Plus Benefit, and this blog from one of our partners should shed some light on this:…/how-to-get-office-365-proplus-benefit-for-teacher-faq

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