Campus Adobe options

Where to find the software

W Store

  • W Store is the official retailer of Adobe Creative Cloud licenses for UWaterloo students, faculty and staff on behalf of the Arts Computing Office.

  • Your UWaterloo username is used to give you access to your CC license.

  • To ensure that you can access your license, please sign-up/log in before placing your order.


  • For students and teachers requiring the Creative Cloud software, please refer to OnTheHub -- Adobe Creative Cloud Student & Teacher Edition for discounted pricing. Purchase by credit card only. 

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (for full-time employees permanent and temporary employees)

The University now has a site license for Acrobat Pro which allows all full-time employees to use the software free of charge.

Adobe Canada Online Store

  • The Adobe online store also offers an educational discount. Individuals can purchase any of the products from the Adobe Canada Online Store. Purchase by credit card only. 

Adobe VIP 

  • The University of Waterloo has an agreement with  the reseller Softchoice  to allow staff and faculty to be a part of  an Adobe VIP consortium that receives discount  prices on Adobe software. Adobe software can be assigned to the end user or device through a Faculty or Academic Support Department's Adobe VIP. Purchase options are pcard or department account (i.e. Purchase Order). 

  • Each  Faculty/Academic Support  department  will be responsible for managing the Adobe  VIP  accounts associated with their area. 

Cost for software 

Pricing is similar but varies depending on which of the above programs you choose. Please refer to the websites for OnTheHub and the Adobe Canada Online Store. For the Adobe VIP prices, please contact the Adobe VIP in your department/faculty or refer to the list below.   

Staff and faculty that need to purchase Adobe VIP software should connect with their Adobe VIP contact. Please refer to the list of current VIPs for your area's contact. If your department is not listed, please contact your IT support rep.  

Cost comparison as of June 2022 (subject to change)

W Store

  • Adobe Creative Suite License $99 (term license), $230.00 (1 year subscription)


  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC not available at OnTheHub​

  • Adobe Creative Cloud ~ $28.38/month, $350.00 CAD/year ​

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (for full-time employees)

  • Available to full-time employees at no cost

  • Available to temporary full-time staff and faculty (e.g., contract employees and co-op students) at the University of Waterloo for a maximum of 1-year. To obtain a license, temporary full-time staff and faculty, can submit a request using Software & Applications Request Form and selecting ‘Adobe Acrobat Request’ for the topic you require assistance with. 

Adobe online store – individual and educational pricing​

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC ~$250 CAD/year (varies by US exchange rate)​

  • Adobe Creative Cloud ~$311.88 CAD/year (varies by US exchange rate) 

Adobe VIP prices - Level 4

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC $156.99 CAD/year​

  • Adobe Creative  Cloud $329 CAD/year​

Information for Waterloo Adobe VIPs 

How to request to be an Adobe VIP 

To request to be an Adobe VIP, please submit a request via Jira Help Portal with the following information: 

  • Account Name – “University of Waterloo – name of department”   

  • Name and UWaterloo email (preferably the IT contact) 

    • It is recommended to provide a second/backup name and email 

    • A generic account is permitted and recommended so that the requests can be monitored by more than one person 

Instructions for Adobe VIPs

Please see the Adobe VIP Instructions support article for more information, including how to add users and assign licenses.

List of University of Waterloo Adobe VIPs


Faculty or Academic Support department

Adobe VIP

Contact information


Faculty or Academic Support department

Adobe VIP

Contact information



Trevor Bain


Bill Baer


Chemical Engineering

Dennis Herman

Ravindra Singh

Dean of Engineering Office

Erin Gillespie

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Steven Utter

Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Mike Wilson


Systems Design Engineering

Mahindra Sangar

Zivojin Pantic


Mary Burden

Math (except Computer Science)

Lori Suess


Dean of Science Office

Kate Wood

Sarah Forgrave

Affiliated University Colleges

Conrad Grebel University College

Paul Penner

Mimi Browne

Renison University College

Greg Parks

St. Paul's University College

Peter Pillsworth

St. Jerome's University

Ashish Bhagat




Academic Support Department

Associate Vice-President Academic

Ruth Huard
Keith Peck


Athletics and Recreation

Steve Brooks

Campus Wellness

Lance Chase

Jeanette Gascho

Central Stores

Carmen Jaray

Joel Norris 

Centre for Extended Learning

Ishan Abeywardena


Corrine Krauss

Finance Admin

Food Services

Shujaat Ali

Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs

Laurie Larochelle

Housing and Residences

Mike Huynh

Human Resources

Trevor Ridgeway

Jim Howard

Raghda Sabry

Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Madisson McKeller

Institutional Analysis and Planning

George Choy


Jamie Shigeishi

Legal and Immigration Services

Terri Rau

Legal & Immigration Services


Adam Savage

Plant Operations

Plant Operations IT Support

Chris Watson

Registrar's Office

Kenley Liu

Retail Services

Sean Harris


Keith Peck

Kathy Winter

Student Success Office

Amanda Annarilli

Mike Huynh

University Relations

Keith Peck


Alicia Li

Jovana Blagojevic


Ben McDonald

Writing Centre

Meghan Ashdown

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