Free & Discounted IT Software / Hardware

Free & Discounted IT Software / Hardware

One of the best benefits of being a student is free or discounted IT software / hardware. There are many discounts to be had including computers, tablets, smartphones and useful software for your studies. Some of my favourite offers are:


Free IT Software / Hardware

1) Libre Office: If the student price of MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) still feels too expensive for you, then you can use the free open source Libre Office which allows you to open, edit and save MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents

2) MS Office 365 for Students: Qualifying students can download MS Office for free (just enter your school’s email address on the MS Office webpage to see if you qualify). 99% of UK universities, most colleges and some schools qualify.

3) Gimpshop: If you need photo editing software, then you can try out the free open source Gimpshop instead of the pricey Photoshop

4) Cloud Storage: Every student needs to backup their files for school, and major cloud players like Google Drive, Dropbox and MS OneDrive offer free cloud storage (15GB for Google Drive, Dropbox gives you 5GB free but you can earn additional free storage if you refer friends and family to the service). Microsoft OneDrive offers students 1TB free storage.

5) Video Calls: Skype and Google Hangouts can be used for free 1-2-1 or group video calls to collaborate with your school mates or to talk to family back home

6) Note Taking: Microsoft OneNote is free for all students however, Evernote (computer, mobile, tablet) is a popular note taking program that I swear by.


Discounted IT Software / Hardware

1) Apple: Apple are great at offering discounts for students for Mac computers, iPads and iPhones. Also, Apple offer seasonal incentives to buy their new hardware products such as offering a free pair of Beats Wireless headphones for purchases of a new Mac, iPad or iPhone

2) Microsoft Windows: Microsoft offer a discounted Student version of their Windows OS - £90 for Windows 10 Home or £171 for Windows 10 Pro.

3) Microsoft Office: Microsoft offer discounted MS Office packages (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) for students - £60 for Office 365 University or £120 for Office Home and Student 2016 (for Windows or Mac). Office 365 for Students is free for students enrolled at qualifying schools (see above).

4) Windows Computers and Surface: MS offer 10% off all MS Surface tablets and 10% or more off certain PC’s sold from their online store

5) Streaming Music Services: Spotify and Apple Music offer students 50% off ad-free subscriptions

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