As a student you can access all the software you might need for your programme for free through our App Store or Virtual Campus PC.
Use the Student App Store to download or access software directly from your personal device.
This is the quickest and easiest way to access all the software you might need for your course, including Microsoft Office, SPSS, NVivo and more.
You can also find accessibility tools to help you with your productivity, as well as course-specific packages for engineering and other specialist subjects.
How to find software
There are two sections to the App Store: the Workspace, and the Catalog. The Catalog contains the full list of apps available to you, while the Workspace is a section where you will see all of the apps you have selected to work from.
To navigate the Catalog, you can filter software by category, or use the search function in the top right hand corner. Once you find the software you want to use, click 'Get', and the software will be moved to your Workspace.
If you can't find the app you're looking for in the App Store, you can connect to a Virtual Campus PC to access your key course software. You can use this tool from Macs, IOS, Android and Chromebooks as well as regular PCs and laptops. It can be run through a web browser, but for best performance we recommend you download and install the client onto your computer.
You must remain connected to the internet while using the Virtual Campus PC service. If you are working on a laptop and close the lid or the battery dies, your session will be closed due to inactivity, and you may lose work. You should close the program or log off the remote desktop session when you are finished using it. Virtual Campus PCs can also access University printers so you can print to a printer on campus.
Saving your work
We recommend saving you files in OneDrive wherever possible. However, not all applications are able to save directly to OneDrive.
You can save files to the Desktop or Documents folder from your Virtual Campus PC, and these files will be accessible the next time you access the service. Please be aware that you will not be able to access these files outside of the Virtual Campus PC.
Install the desktop client
The Virtual Campus PC can just be accessed in a browser here. This is ideal for most situations. However, for even better performance you can install the desktop client. This is recommended for using applications that use a lot of graphics, audio or video such as Sibelius and ArcMap.
Please download the install from one of the links below. If you are not sure which installer to use please see this guide on how to find out.
You do not need admin rights to install the app.
Note: Virtual Campus PC is accessible from iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android mobile devices. However, the experience on mobile devices is not the same as that on a desktop operating system.
As part of your registration, you’ll be given a computing account so you can access your canterbury.ac.uk email address, personalised calendar, tasks and contacts.
Microsoft OneDrive is the University's default storage option giving you free access to cloud storage during your studies.
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