Available software for students

Microsoft software for students

Microsoft Windows 10

The Windows 10 operating system and Windows 11 Education licence is available to students via the Microsoft Azure Education Hub at no cost. 

  • Students will be required to log in to the site using their username and password.

  • Click Software in the left-hand menu or search for the desired software.


Microsoft 365 applications 

A subscription to the latest version of the Microsoft suite of programs including: 

  • Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Access, Outlook, Visio and Skype for Business

  • OneDrive (includes 5 TB of storage)

  • Download the Microsoft Office suite of apps on up to five personally owned devices/computers. 

Log in to your Microsoft 365 account to obtain and manage your copies.


Academic software (discounted rates)


OnTheHub is a third-party software reseller that offers a wide selection of professional developer and designer tools, including Adobe Creative CloudSPSS, and Red Hat, to students (and faculty and staff) at significantly discounted rates -- some are even free!

  • Students will be required to register for an account.

    • Please check "Students" as your user group.

  • Available software may change without notice, so please visit the site to see current offerings and costs.


 Additional student software


Available from


Available from

Adobe Creative Suite


ArcGIS (Esri)

View the Accessing Esri ArcGIS software knowledge base article to get started for teaching, learning and research purposes

Autodesk (free download)

Free download from the company


Purchase from the W Store


Available for download or use online through a campus license.


View the NVivo knowledge base article (https://uwaterloo.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ISTKB/pages/43337058938 ) to get started for teaching, learning and research purposes


Free service from the company (student required to create an account)

S-Plus (free download)

Free download from the company

Additional licenced software

Some University licenced software is also available to students. Visit the service page to view available software (e.g., Techsmith, WinEdt).