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Nearly-free software

The sites listed for free software (see lefthand navigation bar) are also good sources for shareware (which you can typically use free for a short period but are then asked to contribute towards costs).

Commercial purchase

University Information Services' Software Distribution handles a variety of commercial software for which special prices have been negotiated through CHEST or otherwise.

Software which is not available free or as shareware or through Software Distribution will have to be purchased from commercial retailers (including online retailers). Academic discounts are often available, so it is always worth asking dealers if there is an education price.

Online Sources

There are a number of online sources for academic priced software. Many software distributers and resellers also offer standalone versions for student use at a competitive price. Listed here are reputable sites carrying products that might interest university staff and students.


Our site licence does not at this time include student use. There is an academic version available for purchase at a reasonable price through Bilaney Consultants. You will need to select the University of Cambridge as your institution and click on link to continue to find the available products.

Microsoft Products

All University students, direct employees of the University, and staff from Colleges and institutions participating in the University's Microsoft EES Agreement can download Office 365 and OneDrive for Business for use on personal devices while they are members of the University.

On leaving the University, access to this software expires 30 days after your Cambridge IT account is deactivated, at which point your files become read-only, unless accessed by a licenced copy of Microsoft products. Files stored on the University of Cambridge Microsoft OneDrive filespace will no longer be accessible after your University login expires, and must therefore be copied to another backup device before leaving the University.


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