Software for personal use

Here are some of the computer software and cloud-based applications available from the University for installation on a personal device or accessed through a browser.

Staff wanting to install any software on a University-owned computer should first check the Software Center on a Windows computer or Self Service on a Mac. If the software you require is not there, please use the Software Portal or call the Staff Service Centre on ext 86000.

Relaxed licensing during campus closure

In response to COVID-19 a number of software vendors have temporarily relaxed their licensing to allow University of Auckland students and staff to be able to install and use software on their personally-owned computers. Information about which software this applies to and instructions on how to install them can be found here.

Note that this is a temporary offering and the software will stop working after the expiry date, but it will offer you the best application experience. 

Grammarly Premium

Grammarly Premium is free to all University of Auckland staff and students.

Grammarly Premium contains:

  • A grammar checker
  • A contextual spelling checker
  • A vocabulary enhancer (with suggested alternative vocabulary)
  • A plagiarism checker

To get your free Grammarly Premium subscription, sign up using your University of Auckland email address.

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FlexIT is an online service that gives students access to software applications from any device at any time. As long as you have a computer or supported device that has an internet connection, you will be able to access FlexIT. If you are a staff member you can request access through this form: Request Access to FlexIT

For a list of available software, please see the FlexIT Software Application List.

For help with FlexIT check the Troubleshooting guide.

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NVivo (Windows and Mac) is available free to University of Auckland staff and students. Software installation is to be undertaken by the user. The University does not provide support for software installation on personally owned computers.

Licence expiry

The NVivo licence is renewed on an annual basis. You will be required to update the licence key every January to continue using this software.

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RefWorks is a free web-based tool for storing and managing bibliographic references.

Visit the RefWorks webpage for more information.

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EndNote is a database programme for storing and managing bibliographic references.

It can be downloaded for Work at Home use by postgraduate students and staff for $7.

There is more information about EndNote and other reference management tools available to staff and students.

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A version of SAS is available free via the SAS website. To obtain the free download go to the SAS website for more information on how to install the University edition.

If you are currently enrolled in a Department of Statistics course and have issues with SAS download or have more complex SAS requirements please email for assistance.

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  • Staff and postgraduate students can purchase annual license codes of SPSS and AMOS from the University of Auckland Hearne Scientific portal. This is valid until the end of January of the next calendar year regardless of when it is purchased.
  • Undergraduate students can purchase a Grad Pack through Hearne Scientific. This is valid for one calendar year.

Software installation is undertaken by the student as the University does not provide support for software installation on personally owned computers. The software can be downloaded to Windows or Mac computers.

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Azure Notebooks

Azure Notebooks is a free service to develop and run Jupyter notebooks in the cloud with no installation. Jupyter allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualisations and narrative text.



If running computationally intensive codes, students and staff could consider Jupyter Notebook as an alternative (free, requires installation).

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Other software (OnTheHub)

Other software may be purchased or downloaded from OnTheHub. Purchase or download of some software is dependent on enrolment in specific courses.

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