Licensed software at the University of Waterloo

To be considered for a site license, 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 licensing recommendation

To request a site license, 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 licensing recommendation, the CIO will request funding for the site license.  

Support for software

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

Available licensed software

Software company Available for Software information
Adobe Faculty, Staff

Adobe software can be purchased through your Faculty or Academic Support Department's Adobe VIP. The VIPs can purchase directly from the reseller Softchoice to receive VIP prices. (Contact your IT support staff if you are not sure who your Adobe VIP is.)


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
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

Until June 30, 2020, MatLab is available for download or use online through a site license.

After June 30, 2020, MatLab can be purchased through the IST Webstore

Learn more about MatLab (including training and support)

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
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.