Licenced software at the University of Waterloo

To be considered for a site licence, the software must meet the following criteria.

  • The software can be used by faculty, staff and grad students.
  • The software is integral for people to do their job.
  • The software will be used by a significant portion of campus users.

Submit a licencing recommendation

To request a site licence, please submit a business case and your request will be brought to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for presentation to UCIST. If UCIST supports the recommendation, the CIO will request funding for the site licence.  

Support for software

Please contact your Faculty service desk or IT Support Representative if you require assistance after purchasing a piece of software.

Available licenced software

Software company Available for Software information
Adobe Faculty, Staff

Please refer to the Campus Adobe Options for more detailed information on the discounts available.


For Acrobat Pro DC, instructions are available on using alternative software to accomplish many common tasks:

Autodesk Staff Contact laughlin@uwaterloo.ca to purchase
Autodesk Faculty
Autodesk Students Free for students on the Autodesk website
Corel Faculty, Staff CorelDraw, WordPerfect can be purchased through OnTheHub (authentication required)
Esri Faculty, Staff, Students

View the Accessing Esri ArcGIS software knowledge base article to get started for teaching, learning and research purpose

FileMaker Pro Faculty, Staff FileMaker Pro can be purchased through the IST Webstore
Labview Faculty, Staff Labview can be purchased through the IST Webstore
Maple Faculty, Staff
  • Maple for faculty/staff can be purchased through the IST Webstore
  • Maple for Students can be purchased through the UW Bookstore
MatLab Faculty, Staff, Students

Available for download or use online through a campus licence.

Microsoft 365 with Office 365 Pro Plus Faculty, Staff, Grad Students Microsoft 365 A3 with Office 365 Pro Plus

Read the University of Waterloo's Microsoft campus agreement FAQ

Microsoft Faculty, Staff Various products (see the complete list) can be purchased through the IST Webstore
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus (Desktop) Faculty, Staff, Grad Students Microsoft Office applications for up to 5 personally-owned computers/devices
NVivo Faculty, Staff, Grad Students Purchased through the IST Webstore

Note: If you are in AHS, contact AHS Computing
SAS Faculty, Staff Purchased through the IST Webstore

Learn more about SAS

Note: If you are in Arts, contact Arts Computing

SPSS Faculty, Staff SPSS, Amos can be purchased through the IST Webstore

Learn more about SPSS

SPSS Students and Grad Packs Please order your copy from the e-academy online store

Learn more about SPSS

Techsmith Faculty, Staff, Students

 Camtasia Studio, Snagit/Dubit can be purchased directly from the company with an educational discount

See a comparison table of other screen recording tools that may be a better fit depending on your requirements and technical skill level.

IST will not be purchasing bulk or site licences for Camtasia. 

WinEdt Faculty, Staff, Students WinEdt  - Latex Editor for Windows can be purchased directly from the company

Did you know?

Waterloo faculty and staff (and students) have access to OnTheHub, a third-party software reseller dedicated to providing free and discounted software from the world's leading publishers. Log in to view the software (and any related costs) available to the University of Waterloo.