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Buying a computer or software

Discounts on computer hardware

Apple, Dell and Microsoft offer discounts on selected products to current ECU staff and students through our vendors. To take advantage of the available offers or for further information visit our knowledge base.

Access to discounted software

ECU Software Portal

Not on campus, unable to access the labs? No problem! Thanks to, use your personal devices and access over 40 applications from the ECU Software Portal anytime and anywhere - internet access required. Supports computers running Windows or Mac and mobile devices on iOS and Android.

View our range of applications from the ECU Software Portal using your ECU email credentials. To learn more about the ECU Software Portal and, visit our knowledge base on What is the ECU Software Portal and how do I access it.

ECU's Free Software Download Service

Through our licensing agreements, home use software is available for use on personal devices.

Visit the Software Download Service to view and download a range of free software available for ECU staff and students. Please log in with your ECU email credentials to gain access. You will be required to register as a first-time user.

Software available through this service includes:

  • EndNote 20
  • SPSS Statistics 28
  • SPSS AMOS 28
  • NVivo 1.6
  • NVivo 12

Microsoft Office 365 and Collaboration Tools

In addition to your email, ECU staff and students are provided with a subscription to Office 365 for free to install on personal devices (Windows, Mac and mobile devices) which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams, plus additional collaboration tools.

Sign in to the Student Office 365 Portal using your ECU email credentials to get started today. For Android or iOS devices, visit the Google Play or App Store respectively to download and install the Microsoft Office Mobile app.

The software is fully licensed while you are studying at ECU and you may install on up to 5 computers (Windows/Mac) + 5 tablets + 5 smartphones (total of 15).

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools

Azure Dev Tools for Teaching is a Microsoft initiative to support technical education, allowing students and teaching staff in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to download a range of fully licenced development tools and software for free and install them onto personally owned devices for teaching and learning purposes.

For more information visit the Education Hub Software section using your ECU email credentials to view the available software and learning tools you need.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Under the terms of the negotiated license agreement between ECU and Adobe, enrolled students can apply for access to Adobe CC products to use during their studies on a per yearly basis. Students who have been authorised access will be able to download and install Creative Cloud products on personally owned devices and accessible on up to 2 devices simultaneously.

To request access to Adobe CC, students will need to contact the IT Service Desk via email or by calling +61 8 6304 6000.


Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Students and educators can get one-year free educational access to Autodesk products and services, and is renewable as long as you remain eligible for home use. The software must be used solely for educational purposes and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes. You can download the Autodesk Free Education Software by registering as an individual using your ECU email address.

To access the Autodesk Education Plan

  1. Click on the link to Create an Autodesk account
  2. Confirm eligibility
    Note: you may be asked to provide documentation (Learn more)
  3. Download and install software


MATLAB is a programming and numeric computing platform used by millions of engineers and scientists to analyse data, develop algorithms, and create models.

ECU has a campus-wide license for MATLAB, which allows staff and students access to Matlab and available toolboxes for download on their personally own devices. Please note that this software is only allowed for learning, teaching and research purposes – commercial use is not permitted.

To get started with MATLAB see our detailed instructions that can be found on our knowledgebase on how to download and install MATLAB for home use.

SPSS Grad Packs - Hearne Software

Students can purchase discounted IBM SPSS Grad Pack licenses through Hearne Software, who also offer live support 24/7. Use the coupon code 'ECU2019' or ‘ECUStudent’ to get 10% off any SPSS Grad Pack.

Online access to brainstorming software - Mindmeister

MindMeister is a brainstorming software available for all ECU staff and students. It allows you to easily plan out your thoughts as a mindmap and is very handy for essay writing, brainstorming and really any task where organising information is important.

Visit MindMeister and click on the link to sign up with your ECU staff or student email address.

OnTheHub - Discounted Software

OnTheHub by Kivuto, is a program dedicated to removing the barriers to education by providing staff and students with a wide range of software available at discounted prices. Visit the Web Store and use your ECU email credentials to gain access

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