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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

Acquiring software and hardware

University of Washington students, faculty and staff have several options to get both software and hardware, sometimes at free or reduced cost.

Get software

get-softwareSoftware is available to UW students, faculty and staff as both software downloads or online, cloud-based software. The following options provide software to the UW, frequently at reduced or no cost.

Software downloads

  • UWare offers software downloads at reduced or no cost, thanks to various license agreements with software vendors. UWare software includes anti-virus software, the UW’s own VPN, and Microsoft Office 365 for free, as well as dozens of other software programs.
  • The University Bookstore Tech Center has software available for purchase at competitive prices.
  • If you are using a Managed Workstation, you can use the Managed Workstation Software Center to download software to your Managed Workstation.

Online and cloud-based software

Get hardware

There are many types of hardware available to UW students, faculty and staff. Computers and other technology equipment can be obtained through UW-IT services, is available to borrow or use, and can be purchased and competitive prices.

Last reviewed December 16, 2019