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Free Office 365 for Students and Teachers @ Microsoft Office


It's been more than 12 months since this was posted so just a reminder for those who didn't know it was available.

Students and educators are eligible for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need is a valid school email address. It’s not a trial – so get started today.

Office 2019 also available for free to some students at https://onthehub.com

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  • All you need is a valid school email address.

    Can confirm it also works for Qld tafe and uni students

  • Eh, I feel this is sort of a given these days, as most staff/students that attend a school would already have access to Office, either directly via their school, or as part of their employment if they work for the Department of Education.

    • Why would most students have access? Neither the tafe or uni I attended gave students computers.

      • That's what I'm trying to say, they would either have an email address and already have access, or they don't and can't use Office.

        I should clarify that I'm referring specifically to early childhood education and development schools (primary/secondary).

      • Almost all students have some devices. The important thing is getting school and academic network access to sites and apps , Office 365 is one of such thing

  • Question peeps. How does primary kids get access when they do not have a school email? Thanks.

    • Huh. That's weird. I remember getting mind in year 1 O.O
      Its usually the kid's login detail to school computers with the organisation after the @ sign.

    • They should have a login, not sure what is in NSW but here in Qld it's first name initial, the first four letters of their last name and a number

      e.g. if my name is John Smith
      My ID would be jsmit1
      After that followed by the education domain
      e.g. in Qld it's
      (Where * is the ID)

      • Every public school (at least in Victoria) has access to a Department-owned Office 365 tenant, and the account naming scheme used will vary from state to state.

    • It depends on whether the school has opted to use any cloud tenant (Office 365/G-Suite), as it's becoming less common for schools to have their own in-house email server.

    • In NSW public schools, all students have an email address. If your child does not know their address, just ask their teacher.

  • Super helpful for us, the wife is a school teacher and going on maternity leave soon and we were just talking about having to pay for MS office on her personal PC since she will have to give the work one back. She will be able to access it through this! Thanks OP!

  • In Victorian Primary and Secondary government schools, school emails with O365 need to be activated.
    The Victorian school ones use @schools.vic.edu.au domain

  • Agree with previous commenter, most schools and university’s own 365 for every student anyway, signing into 365 allowed you to download 5 free copies of the office suite.

  • Bad luck they assign addresses in NSW using @education.nsw.gov.au instead of the standard .edu.au

    Miss out on all educational offers as a result.

  • I tried this a year or so ago on a alumni edu email accnt from QUT. It wouldn't accept the email accnt as eligible.

  • Is 1TB of Onedrive also included?

  • Dumb q: is this the cloud based or local drive version?

  • Your IT department has turned off signup for Office 365 Education. Contact them to complete signup.

  • Should be good for my new Lenovo's laptop, have a friend working at a school, so I presume the unlock code or link gets emailed?

    • You just login to Microsoft products with your registered email address and your chosen password

  • get an .edu email from fiverr for $5-$15 ;)

    • Could you elaborate on this?

    • Please shed light on this

    • Just search fiverr for "edu mail" "student email" "student mail" "education email" etc play on the words as fiverr ends up terminating a lot of these listings, especially the ones that say ".edu" in the title as thats the easiest to find.

      There's currently an active one listed here:

      I can verify it works.

      The sellers will create a edu email for you (with a random name) and send you the login details.
      Sometimes other sellers even customize it with your name for a few dollars extra. Unfortunately, this seller doesn't provide that option.

  • Pro-tip: also works for Department of Education public servants :)

  • About to start a course at TAFE so great timing, thanks!

  • does a ".edu" work? or does it need to have a .au as well?

  • The edu.au accounts also give you access to azure for students (which is a pain to find, and use), including local windows server licences (and some other server things) for those wanting such things.

  • Thanks alot Griffith… "Your IT department has turned off signup for Office 365 Education. Contact them to complete signup."

  • Now if only Adobe would do this too

    • They do offer an education rate: -70% for the first year, after which -50% applies.

    • If you work as a teacher in NSW for the department, you can access the creative cloud and all adobe products for $13.49 a year

  • Damn my alumni edu account does not work.

  • Think this is targeted, neither of my kids schools are on the list.

  • I'm confused, TAFE and Universities already give Office 365 with 1TB Cloud storage for free. Is this promotion for those who have finished their course and can obtain a free Office 365 account with their still active uni/TAFE email address? I tried this for both my newcastle university email address and my TAFE email address. The result for both was "you already have a Office 365 account with us "

  • As said on last time, go to outlook/hotmail using schools email. If you can get free office, it should alert you via a ad.

    Found that TAFESA only disable their emails after around 18months after completing, a lot of free MS stuff and can activate office on a few computers (parents or whoever)

  • Does this Office 365 version get installed onto the PC so that it can be accessed off line (without internet)? And will it override the existing old Office version (which is not 365)?

  • Check your Office 365 account. Depending on the license, on E3 you will have 5 licenses to use.

  • Confirm it to work with my alumni address with is an alias to my gmail address

  • Office 2019 also available for free to some students at https://onthehub.com

  • As office365 is subscription-based, wondering what will happen after 1 year (or at the end of the subscription period) if the person leaves the school?

    • Oh, got the answer

      "You can use the plan as long as you are working at a qualified school. Your eligibility may be re-verified at any time. When your Office 365 Education plan expires:

      The Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means that you can view documents, but you cannot edit or create new documents.
      Online services associated with the school email address—for example, Office Online and OneDrive—will no longer work.
      If your plan expires, you can extend your plan by re-verifying your status as an educator, or by moving to an Office 365 personal plan."

  • none for Central Queensland University