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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Get Office 365 for free!

Good news! As a member of staff or a student at Durham University, you are eligible to download Microsoft Office 365 free of charge. All you need is your University email address, which you'll get once you've completed enrolment to begin studying at Durham, and it's a great opportunity to save yourself some money.

This particular offer is available to staff, undergraduates, taught postgraduates and distance learners at Durham University.

By signing up, you get:

  • The latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher installed on up to five PCs or Macs and up to five mobile devices e.g. iPads and Android 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

We have already activated this on your account, to download office simply login to https://portal.office.com and on the right of the page click 'Install Office'. There is a video guide here with more detail. Along with a text guide with screenshots here (please note that both links take you to Microsoft's web-pages).

Note that this is an extension of your University IT provision, the use of, and any data stored on Office 365 with this offer is done so under the University's 365 tenant, of which Durham has full control over. CIS are unable to provide support for this extension – if you need help, Microsoft provides extensive help and guidance, this is a good place to start: Microsoft's Office 365 quick start guides.

Note that you are eligible for this free product while you are working or studying here - when you leave or graduate and your University email account is closed, you'll no longer be able to take advantage of it - so make sure you do while you can!