Get Free Software

UBC IT and Applied Science are able to provide a variety of software programs at discounted rate or free of charge to its user community by leveraging large volume purchases and vendor offerings. Some of the selected software that are available to Applied Science students which are free are included below.

Other software available through UBC IT Software Licensing catalog can be found here

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Microsoft DreamSpark / Imagine

Microsoft Dreamspark is now called Microsoft Imagine.

Eligible Engineering students can get selected Microsoft operating system, server, and development tool software for your teaching and learning purposes (non-commercial). All active students in Applied Science, including Engineering, are eligible for this service. All you need to to be registered in a course section in a Faculty of Applied Science program for the current or upcoming semester, or have declared your specialization in the Faculty and be eligible to register for the current semester in either Vancouver or Okanagan campuses.

Please note that students that have no specialization or registered in any Faculty of Applied Science section will not be eligible. Students taking a course in the Faculty of Science may be able to access via a separate Dreamspark / Imagine portal. Please contact your department or school in this case.

Faculty members in the Faculty of Applied Science are also eligible and can follow the below instructions for students as well.

Logging In

  1. Go to the Dreamspark/Imagine web store.
  2. Click on “Sign In”
  3. You will be redirected to UBC’s CWL login page.
  4. If you are successful, you will be redirected back to Dreamspark and be ready to download software.

Please note that your student status will be verified when you check out software from the Dreamspark/Imagine web store. If you have valid CWL but you are not eligible for Dreamspark/Imagine because you are not an active student in the Faculty of Applied Science, you will not be able to check out software from Dreamspark/Imagine.

If you need any assistance, click on “Help” in the Dreamspark/Imagine webstore for more information and support contacts.

Logging in with CWL is a new feature as of August 2016. In the past, student ids were used to identify active students. Going forward, student ids will no longer be used for Dreamspark/Imagine.

Obtaining software

  • Some of the software available here has ties to Microsoft Azure virtual server platform. For more information about signing up for Microsoft Azure as part of the Microsoft Dreamspark / Imagine program, please our knowledge base article on the subject.
  • Information on obtaining software can be found in the Help section (click on Help in the top right corner of the window). Read this carefully as conditions concerning downloading and product keys may have changed.
  • Be aware that most of these products are very large in size and will require extended time to download. Please note the download times listed under Product Details, and schedule the download accordingly.
  • The homepage contains the current list of available Microsoft products (this may change periodically)

Note: Microsoft Office is not offered under the DreamSpark/Imagine Program, however students are eligible to get this software through the MSOffice365 student agreement.


Students can now download MATLAB for free as part of UBC’s campus license. MathWorks MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation. This is a powerful and popular software package with many cross-disciplinary uses.

For more information, such as what toolboxes are available, please see UBC IT MATLAB service catalog page.


SOLIDWORKS is a 3D CAD Design and analysis software, and a solid modeler that utilizes a parameteric feature based approach to create models and assemblies. The software is available in most Engineering computer labs and Student Engineering Kit (SEK) are available via our license agreement for your personal device. SOLIDWORKS is available for Windows operating systems only. All Applied Science students are eligible to obtain SEK at no cost. SOLIDWORKS SDK is also provided to UBC students as a whole without any connection to Applied Science. Both the SEK and SDK versions of SOLIDWORKS are for educational and classroom use only.

Questions and Support

Please direct general inquiries about software eligibility and access to our network licenses to the IT Help Desk. Instructions and general support related to student installation are provided directly on the vendor site at You can obtain installation instructions, submit a support request, check the knowledge base, any many other useful tasks.


For more information about what features are available in the SEK version of SOLIDWORKS, please see the following feature list provided by the vendor. The network version is available in most Engineering Computer labs and its features are identical to the SEK license. You may also compare the differences in the SDK version as well to decide between the SDK and SEK. If SOLIDWORKS is required for an assignment, ensure you are following the directions of your instructor.


  1. Elgibile Applied Science students should receive the SEK ID and license code information from their instructor(s).
    • If you have not received this code or your code is not working, please submit a ticket to IT Help Desk.
  2. Go to to register using the student information including providing UBC email address (e.g.
  3. Put in the SEK-ID into the field (provided by the IT Help Desk or via instructor(s))
  4. Choose the latest version of SOLIDWORKS that your key allows you.
  5. When installing the software, you will need to input the SEK license key

Microsoft Office 365

All active UBC students with a valid CWL account now qualify for a free Office 365 subscription, which includes free downloads of: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Students running Windows can also install Publisher and Access. The software lasts for one year after the initial download and can be installed on up to five devices including iPad/iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. To find out how to access the software, follow this link:


AutoDesk supports the student community at UBC by providing students and educators free access to 3D design software, learning tools, and programs. Student licenses incorporate all the software functionality but include a print banner or watermark on output. Visit to find out more information.

Sophos Anti-Virus

UBC also offers a free license in Sophos Anti-Virus software to all its active user community. To find out how to access it, follow this link: