Information Services Division


Software for Students

Information about software available to students on campus, off campus and on personal devices.

Software on Desktop @ UCL computers

A variety of software is available on Desktop @ UCL computers (available on campus in student workrooms). For more information about this service, student workrooms and the software available see Computers in Student Workrooms.

Software on Desktop @ UCL Anywhere

Much of the software available on campus computers is also available remotely via Desktop @ UCL Anywhere. For more information about this service and the software available see Desktop @ UCL Anywhere.

Software for your own device

Software that is licensed for home use is available for you to download on your own devices. For more information see UCL Software Database.

Before you begin downloading...

Before you get going, there are a few things you need to be aware of:

  • Software versions
    For both consistency and compatibility you should download the software version you use at UCL, rather than the latest one. This applies to both staff and students.
  • Home use
    While home use is permitted under some of our agreements, this does not amount to a personal licence. Use of software is subject to personal educational development, studying and academic research. By using software that UCL has made available for home use, you agree to these terms and conditions.

How do I buy a personal license for an application?

There are many suppliers offering discounted rates for students:

Adobe products (Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, InDesign etc.)

Students get 65% off the retail directly from Adobe.


A suite consisting of a group of geographic information system (GIS) software products).

ArcGIS is available for download from the software database. Download and follow the instructions carefully.

Anti-Virus software

UCL has agreements with F-secure and Sophos to allow registered students to download virus protection for their home use. 

Download F-secure or Sophos from the software database.


CAD (Computer Aided Design or Computer Aided Drafting) software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. Now available on Mac and Windows. AutoCAD is available for free to UCL students .

Download AutoCAD from the software database.


Reference management software packages, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.

Personal licenses can be purchased from Bilaney Consultants or call: +44 (0) 1732 450002.

This software is also available on Desktop @ UCL machines and Desktop @ UCL Anywhere.


Processing and analysing geospatial imagery. ENVI is free to all students while studying at UCL.

Download ENVI from the software database.

Microsoft software

Free Microsoft Products

Want free copies of Microsoft products while studying at UCL? Find out what Microsoft software is available to you for free or at a discounted rate.

Office 365 - 5 free Installs

As a student you are entitled to 5 free installs of Office 365 while at UCL. You can find out how to access this software by visiting our Microsoft Office 365 web pages.


A computational software program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing. Mathematica is free to all students while studying at UCL.

Download Mathematica from the software database.


High-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran. Matlab free to all students while studying at UCL.

Download Matlab from the software database.


Software library of numerical analysis routines. It comprises a collection of 1500 mathematical and statistical algorithms. Areas covered include linear algebra, optimization, quadrature, differential equations, regression analysis. NAG is available as a free download to UCL students

Download NAG from the software database.


Origin is an easy-to-use software application that provides powerful data analysis and publication-quality graphing capabilities tailored to the needs of scientists and engineers. Origin is free to all students while studying at UCL.

Download Origin from the software database.


Software used for creating/editing PDF files. UCL recommends PDF SAM which can be found here - UCL Software Database.


An integrated system of software products that enables the programmer to perform: data entry, retrieval, management, and mining report writing and graphics statistical analysis business planning, forecasting, and decision support operations. SAS is free to all students while studying at UCL.

Download SAS from the software database.


A statistical Package, designed for analysing data. SPSS is free to all students while studying at UCL.

Download SPSS from the software database.


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