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

Office 365 applications

A subscription to the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite of programs including:

Using Office 365

Online portal

  • 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.

Download to personal computer/device

  • Office 365 ProPlus is a user-based subscription that allows you to download a copy of Microsoft Office on up to five personally owned computers/devices.
  • This option allows you to use the Office suite of apps locally, on your personal machine.
  • Faculty, staff, and graduate students with an Office 365 account can log in to Office 365 to obtain and manage their copies.

See the Microsoft Office 365 Frequently Asked Questions for more information

Please do not download Office 365 ProPlus versions on University-owned machines. 

For university owned machines see the Microsoft Campus Agreement.