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Top IT tips for studying from home.

Student news

Top IT tips for studying from home.

We may have moved to a virtual campus, but you can still access many of your usual IT services from home. This includes email, Office applications, and for a limited period, even Adobe Creative Cloud. 

Office Online

To access your emails, and all of your OneDrive files from home, simply log in to Office365 using your and your usual University computing password. 

Once you’re in, you can select the app you’d like to use. You can also click on the dots icon in the top left to open other apps while browsing your emails. 

For the full Microsoft Office experience, you can also choose to install apps directly to your device for free. These apps will remain free for as long as you are a CCCU student. 

Free and Discounted Software

If your course uses software such as NVivo, SPSS, MatLab or AutoDesk, you can download free software to use at home. We also provide free Sophos anti-virus software, and discounted versions of other software such as Windows 10 available via our supplier OnTheHub

Productivity Tools

If you’re struggling for productivity, we can recommend a number of useful tools to help you with your studies, including text-to-speech tools, notetaking and time management. 

Adobe for Students 

Our colleagues at Adobe have recently opened up access to Creative Cloud for students working from home until the end of May. To get started, visit the Creative Cloud website, and then click ‘sign in’. You should then input your University login details: followed by your usual computing password. 

Once Adobe have authenticated your student status, you will be able to download and use Adobe Creative Cloud apps for free for a limited time – just as you would if you were working on campus. 

Staying Safe Online 

Of course, just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you should be any less concerned with your online security. Don’t forget to follow our guide to staying safe online, and never give your passwords to anyone, including other members of your family. 

Not got the right equipment?

The expert IT Hub are happy to provide advice on the right type of laptop or equipment you may need to engage with your course online.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and do not have suitable IT equipment at home to complete your assessments, please contact the Student Wellbeing team before your exam date via, 9-5pm (weekdays).

Your Questions Answered

Got a question? Need support? For IT-related help, you can email the IT team directly: For all other student help, you can contact the i-zone on or via Live Chat, which you can access via the student webpages.