Software for students

Adobe has changed how their products are licensed and you will now need to sign in to use them on university machines.  Please see the below documents for further information.  

Adobe Login (Student)

University Adobe Login Guide


London Met students are able to access some free and discounted software packages, as listed below, on Windows and IOS (Mac, iPad, iPhone).

Please note that software obtained via the links below is for use on personal machines not owned by the University.  If you need software installed on a laptop or tablet provided by the University please raise a request in the IT Self Service Portal.

IMPORTANT: Downloading the software from these links means you are agreeing to the Software Copyright Acknowledgement terms and conditions.

All current London Met students are entitled to an Office 365 account.  The software includes Word, PowerPoint and Excel and can be downloaded on up to five devices (including compatible Macs and tablets).  Please note that access to OneDrive cloud storage is not provided.  Software such as Microsoft OneNote that uses OneDrive may not behave as expected.

Students can access their Office 365 account via the link below, using their University email address and password.  (The previous method of self-registration no longer works and the link below should be used instead.)

Office 365 account 

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package produced by QSR International. Available to Students for use on personally-owned computers for academic use only (Learning/Research).

NVivo home use activation codes are only valid for use in the UK.  If you travel outside the UK you may be unable to use this software.

How to obtain:

Submit a request for a MyNVivo account in the IT Self Service Portal and include the following information:

  • your student ID
  • course name
  • a brief explanation of the purpose of use

Failure to provide this information may result in your request being rejected. Upon submission, a call will be logged and forwarded to the London Met Software Administrator. After that, a MyNVivo account will be created for you. You can then download NVivo from your account and use the online services. 

For further information regarding the download, installation and activation of NVivo, please consult NVivo's Help in the Resources section of your MyNVivo account.

Please note: NVivo for Mac doesn't contain all the same features as NVivo for Windows. 

IMPORTANT: It is mandatory to provide your student ID, course name and briefly explain the purpose of use when requesting activation code. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection of your request.

Support & Downloads

SPSS is a software package used for statistical analysis. It is now officially named "IBM SPSS Statistics".  Find out more.

Available to students for use on personally-owned computers for academic use only (Learning/Research). Click on the download button in Google Drive to access software packages.

Please ensure you are logged in to your university email account, otherwise the below links won't work.

To obtain your Authorisation Code please raise a request in the IT Self Service Portal

SPSS 28 Installation Instructions


  • ITS cannot provide any technical or installation support for SPSS. For assistance, please visit SPSS Student Resources

The Student Access Licence is designed for students and educators who currently use the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition at their school and is for academic use only.  To obtain and activate your copy please follow the steps below:

  1. a. Complete the form at SolidWorks 
  2. b. Please log a job in the IT Self Service Portal to request a serial key
  3. c. Make sure to choose the 2018-19 version unless you require an older version
  4. d. Submit a request for an activation code via the IT Self Service Portal.

Software licences and/or cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for learning, teaching, and training in relation to the instructional functions performed by a primary or secondary educational institution or another degree - or certificate-granting institution. Read the terms of use.

 How to obtain Autodesk Software:

Definition of educational use

Licence Agreement

It is recommended that all users install Anti-virus software on their personal devices.
The university does not provide any licences but there are many free and paid anti-virus products available.

Circuit Wizard is a revolutionary system that combines circuit design, PCB design, simulation and CAD/CAM in one complete package. 

Available to current students for use on personally-owned computers for academic use only (Learning/Research). 


A student copy of ChemDraw can be downloaded from Student Copy of ChemDraw

Go to the section for London Metropolitan University and follow the on-screen instructions. 

  • Grasshopper
  • Rhino
  • SketchUp
  • Vectorworks
  • Bentley
  • DesignSpark
  • Houdini
  • NUKE
  • Renderman
  • Unity


Graphical algorithm editor for use with Rhino. 

Note: you will need Rhino 7 in order to use Grasshopper.

A free Beta version of Grasshopper can be downloaded.


Students on qualifying courses can access a free licensed copy of Rhino. Contact you lecturer for details of how to access this.

All other students:

A 90 day trial of Rhino 7 can be downloaded for PC and Mac.

After 90 days saving and plugins will stop. If you wish to continue using Rhino with all features you will need to buy a licence. Student licences are available - select the "Students or faculty" tab.

Please note: proof of status will be required.


SketchUp Make: free to use for personal and educational use. It may not be used for commercial purposes. 

SketchUp Pro: discounted educational licence. Can be used as a trial version for 30 days then a licence will need to be purchased. It cannot be used for commercial purposes. 

Both versions can be downloaded from SketchUp.


Free educational licences have no technical restrictions but are for academic use only. All files created will be watermarked. 

Go to Vectorworks Student portal to create an account. Once you have created an account you will be sent instructions by email. 

Please note: proof of enrolment will be required. 


See Limited Availability Software below.


 A range of PCB, Electrical and Mechanical software can be downloaded.


Houdini Apprentice is available for free.


Obtain a free non-commercial licence for NUKE. Please note that this has some limitations on functionality. Apply for a free personal licence.


Apply for a free non-commercial licence. The licence needs to be renewed every 3 months.


Apply for a free personal licence.

The below software is not available to all students but is limited to students of specific courses/departments.

SDL Trados - A list of eligible students is provided to the licence administrator by the lead lecturer. If you think you are entitled to this and have not received an activation code please speak to your course leader.

If you have received an activation code but are having problems please log a job in the IT Self Service portal.

Bentley - Information on how to access this software is provided by lecturers. If you think you need access please speak to your course leader.

If you have been given access but are having problems please log a job in the IT Self Service portal.

Tina - Information on how to access this software is provided by lecturers. If you think you need access please speak to your course leader.

If you have been given access but are having problems please log a job in the IT Self Service portal.  

ArchiCAD - Architecture and Design students can apply for a home-use licence here ArchiCAD Home Use Licence

CogLab - Information on how to access this software is provided by lecturers. If you think you need access please speak to your course leader.

If you have been given access but are having problems please log a job in the IT Self Service portal.  

AzureDevToolsForTeaching - This is only available to students on computing courses. Please log a job in the IT Self Service portal to request access.

The below software is available to all students

Zotero - This is free on all devices.

Freemind - This is free on all devices.

ClaroRead - screen reading software. Students can apply for access for home use. Please submit a request for a ClaroRead account in the IT Self Service Portal.

Download a free lite version of EViews. A discounted copy of the full version can also be purchased from this page. 

MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. It also includes analysis, design, modelling, simulation, code generation, and testing products for the engineering and science schools, plus computational finance for the business and economic schools.

London Metropolitan University has a Campus-Wide License for MATLAB, Simulink, and add-on products. Faculty, researchers, and students may use these products for teaching, research, and learning. The license allows individuals to install the products on personally-owned computers.
Please use this link for access and to create an account:  Access MATLAB and create an account
You will currently need to login twice, once with your usual university login and details and once with your MATLAB details. We are working on changing this so that you only need to login once.

A range of discounted software for students is available at On the Hub. Use 'Find your School' to go to "London Metropolitan University - Campus Store". Please note that some software available on this site is also available via the other sites listed on this page at better prices or for free.

Terms and conditions

Please note, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions to download and use any software

IT Help and Support for Students

During the University building closure, online IT services are still available as per normal. 

For IT help and support, please use one of the support options listed below

IT Self Service Portal

IT Help Chat

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