Free Microsoft Office for staff and students


Microsoft365 logo on a purple background and the name Microsoft365 to the right

License Information

All home use licenses are subject to you being a current student or staff member.  By downloading and using the software you will be agreeing to the terms and conditions. Please note these are not personal licenses, they are for home use directly related to learning, teaching, training, research or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes. When you leave the institution you will be required to remove the software.

The University is now able to offer all staff and students, with an email account, Microsoft Office 365 to download for free. This can be installed on up to 5 devices, and on a number of different operating systems.

Microsoft Project isn't available with the free Microsoft Office download but can be accessed through myday.  You would first need to request permissions are granted to your account via Unidesk

Visio isn't available with the free Microsoft Office download. If you wish to use this programmes you will have to pay for it yourself.


Office 365 cannot be installed on a Chromebook.  Access to Office 365 will need to be done via

Guidance on this can be found on Microsoft's website


Microsoft have many online guides on using MS Office

See our short video tutorial on how to install Office 365:


Additional useful information


Only plugins approved by the University will be supported for Office 365 software package.
Unapproved plugins such as Mendeley cannot be supported.

Microsoft Guidance

Office 365 Download and install Office365.pdf
Office 365 quick start guides