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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 University of Otago students and staff
Download the request form, print it, fill it out, scan it and send it to yourself, forward it to  They will send you instructions on how to download it.

NVivo – qualitative data analysis tool available to postgraduate students only; around $120

SPSS – statistical software package; yearly licence fee, see order page for costs

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