Getting started with Office 365 for undergraduate students

NOTE: Incoming (winter 2018) students

Before you access your Office 365 account for the first time you need to change your password in WatIAM (instructions below). Once that has been done you can access your account the usual way, as described below "Accessing your Office 365 account".

Accessing your Office 365 account

  1. Go to
  2. Enter email address as
  3. 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 – Email and apps

  1. Download Office to your computer/laptop
    • This option allows you to access your email and use the Office suite of apps locally, on your machine. Continue reading to learn how you can add a copy of Microsoft Office on up to 5 personally owned computers/devices.
  1. Access your email and Office suite of apps 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 mail configuration guides

Office 365 desktop setup

Office 365 mobile setup.


Office 365 applications

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. Students with an Office 365 account can log in to Office 365 to obtain and manage their copies.