Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus – Personal Use for Students

Students can get Office free from Microsoft

Office 365Microsoft has begun providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to UC Irvine students at no cost thanks to a staff campus agreement program (MCCA).

Note: Faculty and staff whose departments are enrolled in MCCA licensing (or individuals who have purchased licenses for Office 365 ProPlus) should visit this page for steps on how to download the software to their mobile devices and computers.

This agreement allows Microsoft to provide current students with the latest version of full Microsoft Office for their personally-owned computers, smartphones, and tablets and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

This program is an offering to individuals by Microsoft.  While these instructions and FAQs summarize key parts of Microsoft current terms governing the program, they are not a substitute for Microsoft’s own statements regarding the program.  Those statements and terms of use  govern the agreement.  Because Microsoft's rules and instructions are subject to change over time, please consult and follow them in preference to relying only on this summary.

How to Install Office ProPlus

You will create a special Microsoft account to obtain the software. OIT’s involvement in the process is merely to link the special Microsoft account to your UCI email. The software and the download mechanism are provided by Microsoft and may be changed at Microsoft’s discretion.

Note: You must uninstall previous versions of Office before installing.

Step 1: Sign up for Office ProPlus

By clicking this button, you assert that you are a currently enrolled UCI student. When you affiliation with the university ends, you may purchase Office to continue using the software.

Button to sign up for Office ProPlus

Step 2: Create your account

Step 2a: Click the following link and enter your email in the format UCInetID@personalmicrosoftsoftware.uci.edu.

Example of email with @personalmicrosoftsoftware.uci.edu

Step 2b: Select I'm a student

Options to select student or teacher for Office ProPlus

Step 2c: Fill out the form with your information.

Form to enter personal information

Step 2d: A verification code will be sent to your UCI email account. Make sure to enter this code into the form from Step 2c.

Example email of a verification code

The following step must be done on the computer you will install Office on.

Step 2e: Follow the instructions in the email to set up your Microsoft account with your date of birth and a unique password.

Step 3: Installing Office ProPlus

The following steps must be done on the computer you will install Office on.

Step 3a: Log out of any Microsoft accounts on your computer.

Step 3b: Log in to office.com with your UCInetID@personalmicrosoftsoftware.uci.edu Microsoft account.

Signing into Microsoft

Step 3c: Select Install Office and then click Office 365 apps.

Install Office Button

Step 3d: Follow Microsoft's instructions to complete the installation.

Frequently Asked Questions

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I forgot my password.

Visit https://portal.office.com and select the link 'Can’t access your account?' to use Microsoft's self-service password reset tool. Remember to enter your username in the correct format: UCInetID@personalmicrosoftsoftware.uci.edu.

Who is eligible?

Currently enrolled students are eligible.

How long can I use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus?

Students can use this plan until they graduate or are no longer enrolled at UC Irvine.

How does Microsoft know I'm still eligible for free Office Pro Plus?

Every year you will be asked to reauthorize your UCI status with your UCInetID@personalmicrosoftsoftware.uci.edu account.

What happens after I graduate?

After graduation you can purchase Office to continue using the software and have access to edit your files.

Are there other ways to get Microsoft Office?

Yes. Microsoft has a few options for home use.  If you are a full-time faculty or staff installing on a university-owned system, you should take advantage of your MCCA licensing.

How many computers and devices can I install Office on?

You may install the Office software on up to five computers, five tablets and five mobile phones.

Why do I have to create a UCInetID@personalmicrosoftsoftware.uci.edu Microsoft ID? Why not UCInetID@uci.edu?

The group of people entitled to @uci.edu addresses, and the group of people who are eligible for free Microsoft Office Pro Plus licensing are not the same, so we have developed a separate mechanism for those who want free Office Pro Plus.

What are the minimum system requirements?

To install Office 365 Education for Students, your PC or Mac must meet the minimum system requirements listed here.

I'm having trouble installing Office, where can I get help?

If you're experiencing issues trying to install Office on your PC or Mac, see Troubleshoot Office installation with Office 365 for business.

I'm receiving an error stating that there is a problem with my account and to contact my administrators.

UCI does not manage the Microsoft accounts that are used to obtain the Office software suite. Ultimately, Microsoft is responsible with helping you troubleshoot issues with the account.

With that said, if you receive this error, signing out and back into the Office program that you are and then restarting your computer may fix this specific issue. See this screenshot for where to sign-out and back in.

Is Microsoft Teams included?

No, Microsoft Teams is not included in Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students.

How does one transfer files between one’s own Microsoft OneDrive accounts? (high school account, UCI account, personal account) ?

At this point, this is a manual process.  Microsoft may provide additional tools of features in the future.

I'm having trouble with activation.

  • Microsoft's login page has a link to facilitate password resets.
  • If you mistype your birthdate when creating your Microsoft account, try the registration process again and follow the registration link in the email received either on another computer or using InPrivate Browsing (in IE) or Incognito Browsing (in Chrome) and you should be able to re-register with the correct birthdate.

Call Microsoft

If you are having problems please call Microsoft at: 1-800-642-7676
Select Home User and follow the prompts for Office Install help

Alternate Phone Support: 1-800-865-9408

  • Office 365
  • options, 4,1,5 for Office Pro Plus

Call or visit the closest Microsoft Store:

Microsoft Store at South Coast Plaza

3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714)338-2130

Find a Microsoft Store

Can I be certain that I'm on the right Microsoft page to login?

Microsoft has a variety of login points to Office 365.  The PersonalMicrosoftSoftware.uci.edu login pages should be for Work, School, or University. This is contrasted against for Home, which is used when one purchases a retail copy of Office 365.

  • The Work, School, or University login pages have URLs with microsoftonline.com.
  • The for Home login pages have URLs with live.com and are *not* for use with the PersonalMicrosoftSoftware.uci.edu IDs.