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Software For Students

As a student at the University of Otago, you have access to a range of free or discounted software both on your own computer and on the Student Desktop.

On Your Own Computer

As a student at the University of Otago, you can get this software for your personal computer for free or at a discounted price. These licences are only valid while you are a current student.

Microsoft Office 365 – Download and use free of charge

Sophos Antivirus – Protect your Mac or Windows computer for free

Endnote – Manage bibliographies and references
Free for all University of Otago students and staff.
Endnote request (PDF)
Editable Endnote Application form

SPSS – Statistical software package
Available to postgraduate students for free, or to undergraduate students for a reduced price of $53.00 (plus GST) per year.
Download the request form here.

Stata – Statistical software for data science
Available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students with departmental approval.
Download the request form here.

GraphPad Prism – Analysis and scientific graphing
MATLAB – Programming and numeric computing platform
NVivo – Qualitative data analysis tool
Available to postgraduate students only.
Download the request form here.

Download a request form above, print it and fill it out, then scan it and send it to yourself. Forward it to us at We will send you or your supervisor the license alongside instructions on how to download it.

Student Desktop – Use it and all its software on your own computer 

Note: Office, Endnote and SPSS are also available for your use on the Student Desktop, which you can also use on your own device. NVivo may be available to you through your course or your department.

On the Student Desktop

There is also a variety of software available for you to use on the Student Desktop:

Introduction to the Student Desktop

Software on the Student Desktop

Software available by default

Software available on request