Core software

All student PCs on campus run Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2019, SPSS, Minitab, Write-n-cite, Mindview and Claro Suite as a minimum 'core' provision.

Specialist software

Depending on where a student PC is located on campus, specialist software may be installed. You can search for specific software in open access areas across all campuses, or you can look on computer locations by software. For details of availability in Frenchay Library see below.

Using Adobe 2019 software suite as a UWE Bristol student

Adobe has introduced a new way of managing its user licenses with the introduction of the 2019 versions. This means everyone needs to log in to an Adobe account to use their software.

When you start a session on a UWE Bristol computer and open an Adobe program you will be presented with a log in screen. You only need to enter your UWE Bristol email address and click 'Sign in'. If you are using a PC, this will take you straight through to the program. If you are using a Mac, you will be re-directed to a second log in screen where you need to enter your UWE Bristol email address and password.

Some users may have their own Adobe account. If you use this, you may see differences in the software features available, compared to the UWE Bristol Adobe Enterprise account. We are only able to support you with the UWE Bristol Enterprise version.

Software available in Frenchay Library

Some areas of Frenchay Library and open access/learning zones have PCs with specific groups of specialist software installed. Faculties may also provide a range of specialist hardware and software to support their teaching and learning.

Please see software groups and versions for more information on specific types of software available and which version we use.

Offers for students

Educational discounts for UWE Bristol students:

Microsoft Office 365 University

As part of the Office 365 agreement with Microsoft, students are allowed to install up to five copies of the latest version of Microsoft Office on their personal devices and online access. For further information, please see Office 365.

Software for home

Download and install software that UWE Bristol has licensed for students' personal devices.

This includes the Microsoft Azure Dev Tools, a suite of software development programs set up by Microsoft.

Software for home

IT equipment at discount prices

Please note: there is no obligation or responsibility on the University’s part for the schemes presented below. Please arrange delivery at your own address.

UK Apple Store

UWE Bristol primarily uses Windows-based computers (PCs) and not Macs. The Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education and the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies are the main users of Macs.

Consequently, these departments are best placed to advise you on the purchasing of Macs in these areas of study. Support information on Apple Macs can also be found on the Apple UK Store Support website. Shop with education pricing at Apple via Apple UK.


Adobe offers all students and teachers a 65% discount on Creative Cloud packages, which can be found via the Adobe website.

Anti-virus software

It is strongly recommended that you have an anti-virus software package installed, regardless of the operating system you are running on your computer.

Mobile devices normally include built-in protection.