Getting started with Office 365 for faculty, staff, and graduate students

Accessing your Office 365 account

  1. To activate your account for the first time go to Please note that the activation process can take up to two hours to create your account. 
  2. Once your account is activated you can access your account the usual way, as described below.
  3. Go to
  4. Enter
  5. Tab or click out of that field 

You will then be redirected to the University of Waterloo organizational sign in page (or portal):

  1. Ensure your email address is entered as
  2. Enter your WatIAM password
  3. Click Sign in

Using Office 365 – Applications

  1. You can download Office to your personal computer/laptop
    • This option allows you to use the Office suite of apps locally, on your personal machine. You can add a copy of Microsoft Office on up to 5 personally owned computers/devices.
  2. Access your Office suite of applications via the online portal
    • Once signed in to the online portal you will have full access to these features – no download required.

See the Microsoft Office 365 Frequently Asked Questions for more information 

Office 365 ProPlus

Office 365 ProPlus is a subscription to the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite of programs including:

Office 365 ProPlus provides a copy of Microsoft Office applications for up to 5 personally owned computers/devices. Faculty, staff, and graduate students with an Office 365 account can log in to Office 365 to obtain and manage their copies.

Please do not install Office 365 ProPlus on University-owned machines.
For university owned machines see the Microsoft Campus Agreement.