Office 365 University for Higher-Education Students

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Office 365 University for Higher-Education StudentsToday, we’re introducing a new offering for university and college students called Office 365 University. Available in the first quarter of 2013, Office 365 University will be offered online, at retail locations and at Microsoft Stores in 52 markets worldwide.

Starting today, eligible students can buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 and receive a free subscription to Office 365 University when it becomes available.

10 Reasons Higher-Education Students Will Love Office 365 University

  1. The best of Office: Includes the new Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.
  2. The best price: At US$1.67 per month, it’s a great deal. (Estimated retail price of US$79.99 for a four-year subscription; non-U.S. pricing available.)
  3. Four years: If school takes more than four years, renew once for a total of eight years of Office 365 University.
  4. Digital note-taking: Take notes with touch, pen or keyboard in OneNote and keep them handy in the cloud and across multiple devices.
  5. Save to SkyDrive: Office 365 University saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so content is always available across devices.
  6. More storage: Additional 20 GB Premium SkyDrive Storage for a total of 27 GB.
  7. Skype: 60 Skype world minutes per month included.
  8. New upgrades: Get future upgrades and enhancements.
  9. Two installations: Install Office 365 University on up to two computers (PC or Mac) for one user.
  10. Office on Demand: Use it even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured Office to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.


the new Office


Because you shouldn’t take our word for it, we gave higher-education students an early look at Office 365 University and here are some of their reactions:


  • “Office 365 University costs a fraction of what I spend on textbooks for a semester, and, unlike a textbook, it never becomes out of date, and I can use it the entire time I’m in school. That’s a steal.” – Grant Gumina, Purdue University
  • “Microsoft Office is easily the most important product I use on a daily basis, and, with touch capabilities and cloud integration in the new Office, there is no competition at this price. College students can’t afford not to get it.” – Mike Riess, Baylor University
  • “I was already happy with the Office 365 Home Premium prices, so when I heard the education pricing my jaw hit the floor.” – Devin Pastoor, University of Maryland

Who can get Office 365 University?

Full- and part-time enrolled university and college students, faculty and staff in accredited institutions are eligible to purchase Office 365 University.

Higher-education students, faculty and staff must verify their eligibility online as part of the Office 365 University product activation process. (Note: Verification is post-purchase for all channels except directly from Microsoft Store, where we offer a pre-purchase verification.)

Related blog post: The new Office 365 subscriptions for consumers and small business

Jevon Fark, Office Team

OneNote, Publisher and Access available on PC only.

OneNote available on PC only.

Skype account required. Excludes special, premium and non-geographic numbers. Calls to mobiles are for select countries only. Skype available only in select countries.


  1. ChristianFierro

    To whom it concerns… is this offer available to students in Mexican Universities?

    • Jevon Fark User">


      • How do I apply? The education site seems to imply that I must be a admin at the University… and the prices don’t line up.

  2. How long is the free subscription? 1 month? Couldn’t find confirmation when trying to buy it.

  3. rednaxela

    Is this available to students in Germany? Where can it be purchased?

    • The article says:
      "Available in the first quarter of 2013, Office 365 University will be offered online, at retail locations and at Microsoft Stores in 52 markets worldwide."

    • Jevon Fark User">

      It will be available in Germany. You can get it online or at retail.

  4. Whats the international pricing?

  5. What about those that subscribe and then graduate after 4 years?

    Do you have to then purchase a full license? Do you just keep the suite, but lose the Office 365 component?

    • Jevon Fark User">

      Eligible students, faculty or staff members can renew their subscription to Office 365 University once at full cost. They will still be required to provide proof of eligibility.

  6. agards1011

    I would like to know if there plans to do something similar for k-12 teachers. We could really use the break in price.

  7. andrewtechhelp

    Can you please list the 52 markets where Office 365 for University will be made available?

  8. I work at a major university with a site license and we are transitioning from live@edu to office 365 soon. What, if any, impact does this announcement have on us? I’m particularly interested in the Sky Drive since our accounts are supposedly not going to have a Sky Drive once we transition (they are federated accounts, so logins go through us, not Microsoft). I find it somewhat disjointed that students are using Microsoft-based email accounts, but they won’t be able to log into Microsoft Services like SkyDrive through those accounts, especially on Windows 8 since so much of Win 8 is built around account integration.

  9. "Four years: If school takes more than four years, renew once for a total of eight years of Office 365 University."

    Would this renewal be free, discounted, or full cost?

    • Jevon Fark User">

      It would be full cost – $79.99 US, and you need to be enrolled in a university or college at renewal.

  10. bohdan4ik13

    And what about Eastern Europe counties like Ukraine and Russia, how exacly does it work with local Universities? Thanks!

  11. yuki sato

    Would you please breakdown ’52 markets’? Is this avaiable in Japan? Many users out of US read this blog.Thank you.

    • What about Singapore too?

  12. andrewtechhelp

    Surface Pro WILL be counted in that limit, because it’s just running a regular copy of Windows 8 that you will install Office 2013 onto. Surface RT and Windows Phone 8 won’t count though, because Office is included on those.

  13. Like you said. I would assume the Surface Pro is gonnabe counted asa computer on its own.

    Waiting for Surface Pro too!!!! Can’t wait.

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  15. douglasac10

    So, I take it this will be available in Australia? And if so, any word on pricing? :3

  16. If I already have 25 gb of Skydrive storage, would signing up for this get me an additional 25 gb?

  17. Will this service be available for college students in Peru?

  18. Sounds like a fair offer.
    I find it interesting that Office 365 University will be licensed for two devices. Should we understand this as a hint that Office 2013 Home&Student can be installed on two devices as well (a single users stationary and mobile PC), as was the case with previous Office versions?

    • A Hylian Human

      I’m not sure about the standalone version, but the Home Premium subscription for Office 2013 allows for installation on up to five PCs/Macs, as well as streaming to any PC with an Internet connection.

  19. Will there be an Office 2013 University version, i.e. similar to Office 2010 University that you buy and can use forever?
    Or is the subscription service now going to be the only option for student? I really hope this is not the case as I hate subscription services for software.

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