Microsoft Office free for personal use

All staff and students are entitled to use the Microsoft Office suite on personal computers and tablets for free.

You can download and install Office on up to 5 devices, whether that be PC, Mac, tablet or phone. Your licence will last for as long as you are a member of the University.

It is the full version of Office, just that you don't get it on a disc, you log in to a Microsoft website using your University credentials, to confirm that you are a member of the University. You will then be able to download and install the latest version of the Office suite, plus install Office for iPad, iPhone or Android.

You will get a prompt every now and then asking you to sign-in again, just to check that you are still a member of the University, so still eligible to use the software.

The version you get from Microsoft will be the latest version of Office.

We have put together answers to common questions you might have about getting Office on your personal devices..

How to install Office for home use

See below for information on the applications available and how to install Office on your personal computers, tablets and mobiles.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Lync, InfoPath

To download and install Office on your personal Windows PC or laptop:

  1. Visit portal.office.com
  2. Log in using your University credentials - enter your username in the format username@liverpool.ac.uk then enter your University MWS password
  3. Click Advanced to choose whether to install 32-bit or 64-bit version (Microsoft recommend the 32-bit version)
  4. Click Install

Mac applications

To download and install Office for home use on your Mac:

  1. Visit portal.office.com
  2. Log in using your University credentials - enter your username in the format username@liverpool.ac.uk then enter your University MWS password.
  3. Click Install.

OneNote is also available to install as an optional separate application.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

To set up Office on your iPad:

  1. Download the individual Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps from the App Store
  2. Open one of the apps and sign in with your University credentials - enter your email address in the format username@liverpool.ac.uk 
  3. Once you have entered your email address, select Work Account
  4. Enter your University MWS password and tap Sign in

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

To set up Office on your iPhone or iPod Touch:

  1. Download the individual Office apps - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps from the App Store.
  2. To sign in, enter your university email address in the format username@liverpool.ac.uk
  3. Select Work Account
  4. Enter your University MWS password and tap Sign in

Office, OneNote

To set up Office on your Android device:

  1. Download the free Office Mobile and OneNote apps from the Play Store.
  2. To sign in, enter your University email address in the format username@liverpool.ac.uk and your University MWS password.

Office, OneNote, Outlook

Office Mobile, OneNote and Outlook are already available on Windows phones.