Office 365 for students

Students currently enrolled at the University are eligible for Office 365 ProPlus, which gives access to the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. With this subscription you can access Microsoft Office 365 applications on up to five personal devices.

How can I access Office 365?

Log in to your Sydney Mail account. Once you are logged in, click the Office 365 logo on the top left hand side of the screen. You will automatically see the collaboration tools available to you as an enrolled student of the University.

Please note: You will not be able to access Skype for Business and Yammer.

How do I download the Office 365 onto my PC/Mac?

Once you log into the email portal, click the settings icon on the right hand side of the screen and then click Office 365 settings.

Further instructions can be found through Office Support.

System requirements can be found here.

How do I install on my mobile devices?

Visit the Office Portal and select your device. This will give you information about which applications are available to you and how to access them.

You can also access information on setting up a mobile device for Office 365 through Office Support.

How long will I have access to Office 365?

Students currently enrolled at the University of Sydney are eligible for the Office 365 ProPlus Licence.

To keep the software activated, you must connect to the internet at least once every 30 days. Once you are no longer an enrolled student, your Office 365 ProPlus license will expire. You will also not have access to your OneDrive for Business folder so be sure to back up your documents before you finish your course.

What is OneDrive for Business?

OneDrive for Business is a place where you can store, sync and share your files. OneDrive for Business lets you update and share your files from anywhere and collaborate on documents at the same time as other students.

Note: In the header or elsewhere on your SharePoint or the Office 365 site, OneDrive for Business is abbreviated as ‘OneDrive’.

What is the difference between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business?

Microsoft offers another storage service called OneDrive. You may already be using OneDrive to store documents and other content in the cloud. This service is different from OneDrive for Business:

  • OneDrive is free online personal storage that you get with either a Microsoft account or
  • OneDrive for Business is online storage intended for business purposes. Your OneDrive for Business is managed by the University and lets you share and collaborate on work documents with other students. Site collection administrators in your organisation control what you can do in the library.

How do I manage who can view and edit my OneDrive for Business files?

As well as storing files privately, OneDrive for Business lets you share files publicly to group and with everyone. It’s important to be mindful when you share with everyone that all students will be able to see what you have shared.

Microsoft have provided information on organising, storing and sharing documents through Office Support.

What happens my OneDrive for Business when I leave the University?

The Microsoft Office 365 subscription will end when you leave the University. Please ensure any files you wish to keep are transferred to a personal OneDrive account or an alternative storage solution before the completion of your course.

For more information on how to use Office 365, please visit the Microsoft Learning Centre.