Where is software available at SHU?


A full list of what software and the room it is available in can be found on MyHallam at:


Specialist software in learning centres

Specialist software is also available in the Adsetts and Collegiate learning centres. In addition to the standard student PC’s there are currently two categories of PC’s with specialist software.

Type-A – High specification PC’s that run resource-intensive applications.

Type-B – Standard PC’s with access to software in addition to that available with the standard student suite.

Find out more information about what specialist software is available in the learning centres and where it is located.


Campus computers and laptops have AppsAnywhere software, where you can find a large selection of licenced software that you could use free of charge. To access AppsAnywhere, click the start button, and start typing in ‘AppsAnywhere’ or click the AppsAnywhere logo if you have it on your start menu (see image below).

Find out more about AppsAnywhere

Free software

Some specialist software packages are also free to download as a student at Sheffield Hallam for use on your own devices and this includes:

SHU Software Portal at Academia
Access to NVIVO, SPSS and ArcGIS software packages.

SHU Microsoft Webstore
This provides access to a range of Microsoft development software.

When accessing software from either of the above sources you will need to register using your email address ending in ‘@student.shu.ac.uk’, its also recommended you use a password that is different from that used at SHU. Once registered a confirmation email will be sent with a link to make the account active.

Online software

A number of tools are also freely accessible for on-line use via a web browser:

Google Drive
Includes document viewers through Google Docs  (accessed via your student account)

Office Online
Provides browser based access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote

Purchasing software

Software packages can also be purchased by students at discounted rates. The following companies offer discounts on their software directly to students (proof of enrolment is often required):

Microsoft offer a 4 year subscription to Office 365 University

Adobe offer educational discounts to students on their Creative Cloud subscriptions.

Quark provide a discount on their QuarkXPress products.

Parallels offer a student edition of their desktop virtualization software for mac.

Corel offer student editions of several of their software packages.

Have we missed anything out? Leave a comment on this post!

One thought on “Where is software available at SHU?

  1. Can I just mention that students wanting to obtain free software from the SHU Software Portal at Academia (for NVIVO, SPSS and ArcGIS) or from the SHU Microsoft Webstore need to register at each site using their email address ending ‘@student.shu.ac.uk’, and should use a different password from the one used to log on at SHU. After registration a confirmation email will be sent with a link to click to make the account active. The SHU Microsoft Webstore provides a range of free Microsoft ‘developer software’ – the Microsoft Dreamspark Standard range. 🙂

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