How to Get Free Microsoft Software - Students

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Free Microsoft Software for Students

Office 365 for Students

Thanks to Western's campus agreement with Microsoft, Western students can download and install, free:

  • Microsoft Office for Windows
  • Microsoft Office for Mac
  • Microsoft apps for mobile devices running iOS or Android

This software is available and licensed as long as you have a valid WWU student email. Note: To keep your free license activated, you need to launch at least one Office application (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) at least once every 30 days on each device.

To install Microsoft Office on up to five laptop or desktop computers:

  1. Sign into Office 365 through myWestern or by going directly to
  2. Sign in using your and your universal password.
  3. You should see the "Install Office" button in the upper right corner. If not, choose Settings (gear icon in the upper right) > Office 365 > Software
  4. Click Install to download and install the software

The software will be installed on your computer. Your copy of Office will remain active as long as you maintain your status as a student. Once you graduate or leave the university, you will have the opportunity to keep using the software by paying for a license directly from Microsoft.