Software for Students
We offer a range of free software for students to help you with your studies. The following webpages highlight the most popuar software options and instructions on how to access them.
You can also stream software from the Imperial Software Hub, for more infomation on how to access this service view our Software Hub webpages.
Office 365, Mathworks, Nag
Nag, Vmware, National Instruments
Please register for the download at the software shop.
Autodesk offers online educational resources to inspire and engage students in problem-solving, collaboration and creative thinking.
Catia V5 Student Edition
Download Catia V5 Student Edition for free for a limited time period. Offer ends 26 November 2017.
For full details please view our Catia V5 Student Edition webpages.
CES enables systematic selection of materials for engineering.
CES is only available to students in Aeronautical, Civil, Design and Mechanical Engineering only.
Register to download.
ChemDoodle a chemical sketcher/drawing application.
ChemDoodle works on all operating systems, is available free of charge to all College members and can be downloaded onto both College-owned and personal computers. You will be required to renew your licence annually in November.
To download ChemDoodle, follow these steps:
- Go to: https://www.chemdoodle.com/download.
- Launch the program.
- Click the I have a Site Licence button and provide your College email address to request an Activation Code.
The ChemDoodle Activation Code will be emailed to you.
Alternatively, you can request the activation code: Request site code.
ChemDraw Professional is a powerful desktop modelling program that enables synthetic chemists and biologists to generate 3D models of small molecules and biochemical compounds and to perform a variety of calculations and actions on the models to explore properties and interactions.
ChemDraw Professional is available for free to all College account holders and can be downloaded onto your College-owned and personal computers. The College licence expires on 26 July 2018, you will need to update your licence annually.
To download ChemDraw 17, please follow these steps:
- First register with Perkin Elmer online (you can also access Perkin Elmer from the following link if the first link does not work for you)
- Once you have registered you will receive an email from email@example.com with the followimg subject: "Welcome to PerkinElmer Download Center" and you will be able to activate your account
- Once you have activated your account click on "Existing user sign in". You can also login in from the Perkin Elmer portal.
(Your Login ID is your Imperial College email)
- Follow the instructions online
- To find your activation code, select the "order history tab" on the left navigation pane then select the applicable order. Scroll down to the activation code on the right hand side
Cambridge Structural Database System from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Cetnre is a repository and curated resource for the three-dimensional structural data of molecules.
This licence covers all members of Imperial College London on College-owned machines only.
- Register for a download
EndNote is available to download on Imperial College London-owned machines only. We are legally required to provide a complete record of each download or transfer to the vendor. To download a copy you must register and receive instructions on how to download the software. Downloads can only be made while connected to the Imperial network, not via virtual private network (VPN) or hospital network.
Register for a download.
Personal copies can be ordered from Bilaney Consultants.
Exceed is available to all Students free of charge, please login to the ICT Software Store and register to download Exceed.
Purchase directly from National Instruments.
Maple is available to all Students free of charge, please login to the ICT Software Store and register to download Maple.
MATLAB and Simulink campus-wide TAH license includes analysis, design, modelling, simulation, code generation, and testing products for the engineering and science schools, plus computational finance for the business and economic schools. Imperial College is deploying these tools to students, educators, and researchers via a centralised license that increases the administrative efficiency of software management and distribution, and ensures that a common set of tools is readily available for all users.
Through the agreement you will have access to software and associated documentation as well as immediate access to new releases. The TAH license permits the installation of MATLAB and Simulink on campus-managed and user-owned computers.
The Department of Chemistry bought a College-wide permanent site licence for Mestrenova. The licence is available to all members of College including students and can be installed on private machines as well. Both Windows and Mac versions are available.
Microsoft Office 365
Install the latest version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and much more on up to five compatible PCs and Macs, plus five tablets, including iPad. All of your work can be saved in OneDrive for Business so it is accessible no matter which device you use. The same software and more is also available to you when you use a public PC on Imperial College London premises.
You can use this Office 365 subscription for as long as you are a student at Imperial. When you leave Imperial, your free subscription will end and you will need to subscribe to consumer or commercial offers from Microsoft to keep using Office or uninstall and use alternative software.
By using these Microsoft services and software packages, you are agreeing to abide by Microsoft's Product Use Rights.
For more information, including installation guides, go to Microsoft Office 365.
MSC Software student edition
Multidisciplinary computer-aided engineering (CAE) and simulation software is available free of charge to you, as an Imperial College London student. Download it directly from MSC Software.
Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) who provide expertise in numerical engineering, by delivering high-quality computational software (mostly used by FoNS, ICT and Chemical Engineering)is now centrally funded. Students and staff are entitled to use the software listed below on both personal and work machines.
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Origin is available to all Students free of charge, please login to the ICT Software Store and register to download Origin for use on a personal machine.
SAS is available to all Students free of charge, please login to the ICT Software Store and register to download SAS.
Silverfrost Fortran 95 - Personal edition
You can download Silverfrost Fortran 95 compiler - Personal edition directly from Silverfrost (formerly called the Salford Fortran compiler).
This product is not directly supported by us and is for personal use only. You must uninstall it when you leave Imperial College London.
Free licences for VMware are to be used for research and teaching purposes only.
- Go to the VMware website.
- Click Sign in.
- Select Imperial College London. You will be redirected to the Imperial College authentication page.
- Enter your College username and password. An email will be sent with a link to the download.
Licence usage terms can be found at on the VMware website.
- VMware vSphere Advanced
- VMware Fusion (for Mac)
- VMware Workstation (for Windows)
- VMware Workstation (for Linux 32 Bit)
- VMware Workstation (for Linux 64 Bit)
Software you can purchase
Below is a list of software which is not available from the Software Store but is popular with our students. Unfortunatley students are unable to purchase software through the College. This software can be purchased directly from the suppliers website. Don't forget to look out for educational discount.
Software you can purchase
Purchase directly from Adobe.
We do not offer GraphPad and related software in the Software Shop, but you can purchase it from the manufacturer directly: GraphPad.
Quotes provided on request: Contact the ICT Tech Store.
You can purchase Mathematica from Wolfram at a reduced rate. You will need to provide a scanned copy of your College ID card during the payment process to prove your status as a current student at Imperial College London.
We do not sell NVIVO, but you can buy it from Timberlake.
Please visit the Timberlake website to purchase student copies of STATA.