Free Microsoft Office for students next year

The College View has learned, Microsoft Office is to be rolled out to all students in DCU for their duration in college.

The software was originally intended to be made available to students for this academic year but it’s now believed it won’t be offered until after summer 2015.

DCU will be the first Irish third level institution to have Microsoft Office offered to students for free.

A spokesperson from DCU library said that they’re hoping to have the infrastructure in place for the next academic year. Students will have to subscribe to the service yet they will be able access it anywhere, not just on campus.

The service, in conjunction with ISS and DCU library will include Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, One Drive and Skype.

“I think it’d be brilliant for everyone across campus. Every student uses Office regularly, whether it’s Microsoft Word for assignments or Powerpoint for class presentations, it really will benefit each student in DCU,” said first year analytical science student Jason O’Dwyer.

“I can’t wait to get it. I can’t afford Office at the moment and I have to run down to an internet café or stay back late in college to do the simplest of things. Hopefully it’ll be here for years to come,” said Aisling Keogh, third year nursing student.

Microsoft Office is currently available to all students at a discounted price of €80 on


Finnian Curran





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