Software Licensing


UBC IT provides a variety of software programs to the University community. Leveraging volume purchases, IT is able to provide discounts to the UBC community. Over one thousand UBC faculty and staff buy statistical products, Microsoft software and UBC administrative system software through IT, taking advantage of low prices and the convenience of being able to install software across the network onto their hard drives in a matter of minutes.

For more information or to purchase software for the Vancouver campus, please contact IT Software Licensing. Okanagan campus staff and faculty should contact the UBC Okanagan ITServices Helpdesk.

Eligibility for some products may be restricted based on your affiliation with the university, e.g., student, staff, or faculty.

Products by Vendors:


Microsoft Products - Students

The UBC Bookstore offers academic pricing to students for many software packages. Please contact the Bookstore for more information about their product offerings.

Software repository location change

Due to aging hardware, UBC IT is in the process of decommissioning the Saturn server, which houses the current software repository otherwise knowns as Saturns\Apps.  It will be replaced by a new service referred to as Teamshare-SLMS on June 12, 2014. IT administrators with access to the old Saturn service will be contacted in the near future regarding this change.

Connecting to Teamshare-SLMS

Details for the Teamshare-SLMS folders can be found here.

Journal Voucher Examples

Here are a couple of examples (example 1, example 2) of completed Journal Vouchers displaying the kind of information we may need.

Software Expectations

By purchasing a software license, you are only purchasing the right to use the software. You do not own the software and cannot redistribute it to others. Some other important policies surrounding our Software Licensing Service include:

  • Once software has been purchased, it CANNOT be returned . Thus, compatibility between your computer and the software should be thoroughly researched before a purchase is made.
  • Licenses are purchased per machine, so a single license cannot be used for multiple machines. NOTE: Depending on the software, Departments with at least ten machines in their lab may have the opportunity to purchase a Lab License.
  • Most licenses are based around a yearly maintenance fee.
  • The IT Service Centre offers very limited technical support for this software, so we suggest that you check the manual or the vendor's website before contacting us.


All mathematical and statistics software licenses expire annually on March 31. To continue the use of these software titles you must renew the license on or before April 1.

Further Information

Getting Started