Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise

The latest version of Microsoft Office is available to download for current students, free of charge. You can run Office on up to 5 desktop Mac or Windows workstations. You can also run Office Mobile on up to 5 mobile devices (on supported operating systems).

Important note: after you leave and your Portal access is withdrawn, the Office suite will enter a state of reduced 'read only' functionality. You can choose to continue read-only, to purchase a personal licence to regain full functionality or to remove the software entirely.

Further information and download instructions

Other free or discounted software

A range of free downloads and links to products at discount prices is available to all students at the University. Simply log into the Portal and refer to the "Digital Services Software Downloads" tile within the Student tab.

SPSS statistical software

Students can download SPSS which is a powerful statistical analysis program used for doing advanced statistical analysis of data for research and other projects.

You should note this software is already installed on University workstations and you are not permitted to install software on University workstations.


NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It lets you collect, organise and analyse content from interviews, focus group discussions, survey, audio - and social media data, YouTube videos and web pages.


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment. A proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran and Python.

Apple Educational Discount

Students qualify for special discounted pricing on Apple computers, software and select third party products. Quantity limits apply.


Information is available from Software4Students on purchasing Adobe products, Kaspersky Anti-Virus & other security software. Microsoft Operating Systems and other software is also available.


Laptops can be purchased under the University Colleges and Information Systems Association (UCISA) National Laptop Agreement.

Dell Products

Ulster University has signed up to the Dell Advantage Programme. This means Students can avail of exclusive discounts on consumer products, and special promotions on selected product lines.

Microsoft Azure for students

As a University student you can download professional Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software through Microsoft Azure for students at no charge. Please contact your faculty technical staff to arrange access.

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Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise is free for students

The latest version of Microsoft Office is available to download for current students, free of charge.