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    Not sure what forum I should post this on so I'll leave it here.

    I got access to Office 365 for free due to my uni email and myself being a student. However, I'm not sure if I keep this for free for life, or will my access be restricted once I graduate??
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    It's not a lifetime license (unless your university has some special arrangement with Microsoft which is pretty much unheard of).

    There's a few different things you may have been given, ranging from a 1 year license that you can renew each year as a student, to a 4 year license that you can use even if you finished University in 3 years.

    There's generally some sort of procedure to go through to validate yourself as a student each year, depending on the method used (Dreamspark, direct Microsoft download, etc.).

    Ultimately you will lose access at some point. However if it's purely tied to the email address (which is what many places do, a .ac.uk address is enough to get a download) then you may get to keep your license until your account is purged from the University. If they didn't immediately wipe your details when you graduate you could in theory validate yourself for another year. But on the whole don't expect to keep the license for more than 4 years and do expect to validate yourself as a student each year.
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    Not sure what forum I should post this on so I'll leave it here.

    I got access to Office 365 for free due to my uni email and myself being a student. However, I'm not sure if I keep this for free for life, or will my access be restricted once I graduate??
    I think it is the latter. You're lucky you have access to Office 365 for free. My university did not offer that to us.
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    It's not a lifetime license (unless your university has some special arrangement with Microsoft which is pretty much unheard of).

    There's a few different things you may have been given, ranging from a 1 year license that you can renew each year as a student, to a 4 year license that you can use even if you finished University in 3 years.

    There's generally some sort of procedure to go through to validate yourself as a student each year, depending on the method used (Dreamspark, direct Microsoft download, etc.).

    Ultimately you will lose access at some point. However if it's purely tied to the email address (which is what many places do, a .ac.uk address is enough to get a download) then you may get to keep your license until your account is purged from the University. If they didn't immediately wipe your details when you graduate you could in theory validate yourself for another year. But on the whole don't expect to keep the license for more than 4 years and do expect to validate yourself as a student each year.
    Ah, thank you very much for this information!

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    I think it is the latter. You're lucky you have access to Office 365 for free. My university did not offer that to us.
    Really? Technically my uni did not 'offer' it to me, it's just something I'm aware of so I took advantage of it since I gained access to my uni emails. Have you tried this?
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    I think it is the latter. You're lucky you have access to Office 365 for free. My university did not offer that to us.
    Check on your University website. Mine never offered it to me but there was an obscure link that allowed us to download it if we wanted it.

    Easier solution though:

    https://products.office.com/en-gb/st...e-in-education

    Failing all that you can buy cheaper 4 year licenses for students (£60) or get student discounts from places like software4students.
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    (Original post by RDKGames)

    Really? Technically my uni did not 'offer' it to me, it's just something I'm aware of so I took advantage of it since I gained access to my uni emails. Have you tried this?
    (Original post by Acsel)
    Check on your University website. Mine never offered it to me but there was an obscure link that allowed us to download it if we wanted it.

    Easier solution though:

    https://products.office.com/en-gb/st...e-in-education

    Failing all that you can buy cheaper 4 year licenses for students (£60) or get student discounts from places like software4students.
    I bought it with my HP laptop when I was studying. Now, I have graduated already. But, yeah I should have asked them or researched myself. I thought it would be offered but I was clearly wrong.
 
 
 
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