Students and teachers in the UK can now check eligibility for free Office from their school

Last week, at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced free Office for all of their 1.1M students plus teachers. The room—filled with students and teachers—erupted with cheers.

But New York is not alone.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their institution and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.

This includes all eligible students in schools, colleges and universities across the UK.


This service was previously available only in the U.S., but beginning today it can be accessed by any eligible student or teacher where Office 365 is available. You’ll need a valid school email address to complete the sign up.

To check if you’re eligible for free Office from your school:

Students getting Office at no additional cost to schools is a benefit Microsoft provides to education institutions that buy Office for faculty and staff. That means teachers can also sign up and enjoy all the benefits of Office connected to a cloud service, like using the OneNote Class Notebook.

Once signed up for Office 365 you get:

  • The latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs and up to 5 mobile devices like iPad, Android and Windows tablets
  • 1TB of storage on OneDrive you can use to store and share all your documents across all your devices
  • Office Online for in-browser editing, collaboration and co-authoring

Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions.

Comments (4)

  1. Feyi Dougan says:

    Thank you so much. I've saved nearly £100

  2. Kim Delaney says:

    Hi, I'm a teacher.  Do schools / local authorities have to sign up for this to become eligible?  My school email address doesn't give me any success on the link above!  Thanks!

  3. Victoria says:

    Is this available to teachers on home equipment (using their school's email address)?

  4. sophie louise says:

    this is amazing my school loves it! thank you!

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