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 tool.
Use the Student App Store to download or access software directly from your personal device.
This is the quickest way to access all the free 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 subjects.
There are two sections to the App Store: the Workspace, and the Catalogue. The Catalogue 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 Catalogue, 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.
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.