Software for students and staff

The University pays for software that you can download and use for free, or buy at a reduced rate. Your school or department may offer other software applications, so make sure to check with them.

Microsoft Office

Undergraduates / taught postgraduates: Office 365 is free for you

You can use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and the rest of the Office 2016 suite on:

  • up to 5 laptops/computers (Windows or Mac).
  • up to 5 tablets and phones (Windows, Android or iOS).

As long as you're a member of the University. Your eligibility may be re-verified at any time; when it expires you can view files but can't edit or create new documents.

To install Office 2016 on a PC or Mac:

  1. Visit from your laptop or computer and click Sign in.
  2. Enter your Kent email address. If prompted, enter your Kent IT account username and password.
  3. Click Install Office apps and then Office 2016.

To install Office 2016 on a tablet or phone:

  1. Open the App Store or Google Play
  2. Search for Office 365. The apps are by Microsoft Corporation.
  3. Install the app that you want
  4. Open the app and swipe through the introduction screens until you reach Sign in now
  5. Sign in with your Kent IT account username, in the format, and password

Research postgraduates

If you teach, you can buy Microsoft Office for a reduced price. You need a staff IT Account: log in to download Office

If you don't teach, Microsoft Office is not available at a reduced price. Check Office 365 University for Microsoft software available to you.

You can download Office 365 apps (by Microsoft Corporation) on your tablet or phone for free, but you can't connect them to your Kent IT Account.


Buy Microsoft Office at a reduced rate.  

Free software for study

Download study-related software including:

  • ArcGIS
  • Maple
  • Matlab
  • Minitab
  • Nvivo

We recommend these free productivity tools to help with accessibility and help you save time, write well and study your way.

Staff: ask about other software

If you need software for your staff PC, speak to your local IT staff or contact helpdesk

If you need software to work from home, contact us to discuss your needs.

Anti-virus protection

Anti-virus and malware software: free software and advice.  

Library and reference management

Access your files and work off campus

Install the Kent VPN to get off campus access to the Kent network  


Find out all the ways you can get in touch.

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