University of California, Riverside

Student Computing Services

Office 365 - Student Advantage

Microsoft Student Advantage - Office 365 Pro Plus


UCR provides Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for all students at no cost via the Microsoft Student Advantage program. This agreement between UCR and Microsoft allows us to provide current students with the latest full version of Office at school and at home.  Included is OneDrive, with unlimited storage, for file storage needs.

As a UCR student you can register yourself via the Office365 Portal provided by Microsoft, just follow the Steps below to get your free Microsoft Office Pro Plus Software.

Steps to Get your Free Microsoft Office Pro Plus Software

Office Apps

  1. GO TO
  2. CLICK  Eligible pic

    You MUST enter your school email address so we can check your eligibility!

    Verify your address by logging into R'Web and clicking on Student Profile in the Authorized Applications section.

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  4. CHECK YOUR R'Mail account

    Check email

  5. CLICK ON THE DOWNLOAD LINK in your email

    You will be prompted to create a unique alpha-numeric password and enter your birthdate. Please use a password different from your UCR password.  
       Password requirements: 8 - 16 characters and requires 3 out of 4 of the following:
          Lowercase characters
          Uppercase characters
          Numbers (0-9)

    If you are prompted to Run or Save the file, select Run*. Microsoft Office will install in the background and after a few minutes you will receive notice stating "Welcome to your new Office".  A this screen click Next.

    Follow the prompts through the installation, selecting the options you want.
    Once install is complete,  CLICK signin

    At the Sign In prompt enter your and password and click Next.

    Follow the remaining prompts to complete activation.

NOTE: Office installs the 32-bit version on your PC by default, even if your computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows.

Is My Subscription Activated?

Launch Microsoft Word.  If you see your in the upper right hand corner similar to this, YES YOU ARE ACTIVATED, Enjoy Microsoft Office Pro Plus!



*If you see this below, stating Sign in, click it and enter your and password to Activate your subscription.


Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

PC requirements for Office 365 ProPlus

Operating System
- Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10

Note: 32-bit Office can be installed on 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit Office can only be installed on 64-bit operating systems.

Computer and processor
- 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set.

- 2 GB RAM (64-bit) recommended for graphics features, Outlook Instant Search, and certain advanced functionality.

Disk space
- 3 gigabytes (GB)

Monitor resolution
- 1280 x 800

Mac requirements for Office 365 ProPlus

Computer and processor
- A Mac computer with an Intel processor.

Operating System
- Mac OS X version 10.11 or later.

- 4 GB of RAM recommended.

Disk space
- 6 GB of available hard disk space.
- HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus).

Monitor resolution
 1280 x 800 or higher resolution monitor

iPhone requirements for Office Mobile for iPhone

- Office for iPad and iPhone requires iOS 8.0 or higher
- Office for iPad Pro requires iOS 9.0 or higher

Android requirements for Office Mobile

- Android OS 4.4 or greater
- Android touch enabled smartphones only

What is included with Office 365 ProPlus subscription license?

  • Office 365 ProPlus for PC (Office 2016 ProPlus base applications)
  • Office 365 ProPlus for Mac (Office 2016 for Mac base applications)
  • Office Mobile for iPhone
  • Office Mobile for Android

How many machines/devices can I run this subscription on and what if I hit my maximum number?

Each subscription license allows you to run Office on up to five machines - Mac or PC. You can also run Office Mobile for Android or Office Mobile for iPhone on up to 5 mobile devices.  Once you have completed your installation, make sure to have Auto Updates turned ON.

If you've already installed the latest version of Office with Office 365 on five computers that you use and you want to install Office on a sixth computer, you can do that by first deactivating an installation on one of your current computers.

Go to Software > Office. Click Deactivate next to the computer you want to deactivate the installation from.

Is this a full version Office and available for offline use?

Yes, this is full Office on the PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android platform and all are available for offline use.

What applications come with Office 365?

Office 365 ProPlus for PC?
  • Word 2016
  • Excel 2016
  • PowerPoint 2016
  • Outlook 2016
  • OneNote 2016
  • Publisher 2016
  • Skype
  • Access 2016
Office 365 ProPlus for Mac
  • Word 2016
  • Excel 2016
  • PowerPoint 2016
  • Outlook 2016
  • OneNote 2016
  • Lync 2011
Office Mobile for iPhone
  • Word Mobile
  • Excel Mobile
  • PowerPoint Mobile
  • OneNote and Lync Mobile available as separate download.
Office Mobile for Android
  • Word Mobile
  • Excel Mobile
  • PowerPoint Mobile
  • OneNote and Lync Mobile available as separate download

Do students have to sign into Office 365 to use any of these applications with Office 365 ProPlus?

Yes, a valid Office 365 ProPlus license tied to a valid Office 365 login for students is required to enable any of the four Office 365 ProPlus features.

How long can a student leverage Office 365 ProPlus?

The guidelines are such they can leverage this program until they graduate or are no longer attending UC Riverside. At that point, we must disable their Office 365 ProPlus license.

What happens when I graduate?

Your Office 365 subscription through your instruction ends upon graduation.  You may enroll into other consumer or commercial offers available.  If you have Office 365, you should make sure to transfer all your files from your school OneDrive to your personal OneDrive prior to graduation.

How is this different from Office 2016 Professional Plus?

The Office 2016 applications are exactly the same however there are some differences including patching, license sign in for usage, and Click-to-run (C2R) technology for rapid installs (2 minutes for quick usage).

Where can I get training on Office 365 ProPlus?

There is some excellent end user training on Office 2016 here.There is some excellent end user training on Excel 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, and Word 2016.  An end user help guide on Office Mobile for iPhone is available here. Some end user help guides on Office Mobile for Android here and here.

Troubleshoot your Office installation

When you're installing, you may get a "Something went wrong..." error. Or, if you get some other error, see General troubleshooting for installing Office 2016 and Office 365.

After you have Office installed, try creating a few documents. If an Office program looks blurry, displays as all black or all white, the screen flickers, or looks different on different computers, see Office 365 doesn't look right.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Student Computing Services
2103 Watkins Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4848 (827-IT4U)