Microsoft Office 365

All staff and students are entitled to download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 on personal computers and mobile devices, for free. Your free subscriptions lasts for as long as you're a member of the University.


  • You get the latest version of Microsoft Office including popular apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams.
  • You can download and install Office on up to five devices or computers.
  • This is download only - you can't get it on a disc.

How to download

  1. Go to and enter your Essex email address.
  2. Sign in with your Essex email address and password.
  3. Click Install Office → Office 365 apps, and then follow the set up instructions shown on screen.

As part of our drive to improve security, we have disabled the installation of Microsoft Office 365 add-ins except for some approved applications.

On a mobile?

  • Go to your Play or App Store and download any Office app like Word. Open the app and then sign in with your Essex email address and password - that's it!

Help and training

Training courses

Your staff computer

We don't recommend installing Microsoft Office on your staff computer, as this will use up one of your licenses and potentially cause problems with your existing version of Office.

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Need help?
IT Helpdesk
Telephone: 2345 (Colchester) 8341 (Southend)