Student Advantage = Free Microsoft Office

As announced over the summer, students can now get the entire Microsoft Office suite for FREE during their time here at Northeastern.

Under the Student Advantage program, Northeastern is offering all active students the chance to download the latest version of Microsoft Office – currently Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac. This program provides Office 365 ProPlus to students, and allows you to install the full suite of applications on up to five computers AND on up to five devices.

There’s more to come – by December 2014, Northeastern will roll out additional Office 365 features, including OneDrive for Business, an online file storage service with 1 TB of storage space, and the full mobile experience.

So how do you get it?
It is right on the myNEU portal. Just log in with your myNEU username and password, go to Self-Service, and look for the Microsoft Student Advantage section. That will have the link to the Office 365 portal where you can download the latest version of Microsoft Office for your computer (the Microsoft portal auto-detects your operating system).

Microsoft Office ProPlus - Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
Microsoft Office ProPlus – Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

As the name says, Office 365 ProPlus through the Student Advantage program is tied to your status as an active student. This means a couple things:

  1. When you install any copy of Office downloaded through the Student Advantage portal, you will be prompted to log in to Office 365. This requires a slightly different username than what you’re used to – you’ll still use your myNEU password, but your Office 365 username is [myNEU username]@northeastern.edu. For example, if your myNEU username is kinghusky, your Office 365 username is kinghusky@northeastern.edu.You only need to use this username for Office 365 applications and services.
  2. Free is not forever. Once installed, Office will prompt you every 30 days to authenticate that you are still an active student. Use that same Office 365 username and your myNEU password. When you are no longer in our system as an active student, whether you have graduated or withdrawn, Office 365 ProPlus will no longer work. Students are given a 30 day grace period before their Office 365 account no longer exists.

What do I get?

Office 2013 (Windows)

  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • OneNote 2013
  • Access 2013
  • Publisher 2013
  • Outlook 2013
  • Lync 2013
  • InfoPath 2013

Office 2011 (Mac)

  • Word 2011
  • Excel 2011
  • PowerPoint 2011
  • Outlook 2011

Now, many of you are probably thinking: Wait, I already paid for Office…

If you already own Office, that’s great! Again, Office 365 ProPlus is tied to your active student status versus any version you already own, which is yours to keep whether you are at Northeastern or not. While you are at the university, though, if you download the Student Advantage version, you’ll have the latest version of Office, and then in a few months you will also get OneDrive for Business and the mobile apps. Don’t worry, Office 365 ProPlus will not overwrite any previous versions.

For more information, check out the Microsoft Student Advantage – Office 365 ProPlus page. And the ITS Service Desk is always available, 24/7, and can be reached by either e-mail at help@neu.edu or by phone at 617.373.4357 (xHELP).