Information Services – IT Services



Software for students and staff

The University pays for software to support your work and studies.

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).

How long can I use it?

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.

Install Office 2016 on a Windows or Mac laptop / computer

  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.

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.

On your tablet/phone

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


Buy Microsoft Office at a reduced rate.


Study-related software you can download

Download study-related software including:

  • ArcGIS
  • Maple
  • Matlab
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Education (upgrade only)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Minitab
  • Nvivo

If you prefer a disc ask at the Welcome Desk in the Templeman Library.
If you need to renew your licence here are the licence codes.

Assistive technology: study your way

Free productivity tools to help you save time, write well and study in a variety of ways.

Reference management

Manage your references with Refworks: create, store and re-use bibliographical information in essays and dissertations.

Anti-virus protection

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

Ask about other software

If you need software that isn't on a student or staff PC, speak to your local IT staff or contact helpdesk.

Contact us

Email with any software-related issues.




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Last Updated: 26/02/2018