Software Licensing


UBC IT is able to provide a variety of software programs at a discounted rate for the University community by leveraging large volume purchases. Statistical products, Microsoft software, and UBC administrative system software are available through IT, with the advantage of lower prices and a convenient installation process.

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

Please note: eligibility for some products may be restricted based on your affiliation with the university (e.g. student, staff, or faculty). In most cases license agreements are for UBC-owned assets unless otherwise stated.


List of software available:

Click here for a full list of software available through UBC IT.


Important Information

  • Microsoft Products for Students - For more information, please see Office 365 for Students
  • Software repository location change - Due to aging software, the Saturn server was replaced by Teamshare-SLMS in June 2014.
  • Journal Voucher Examples - Here are two examples (example 1example 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 you contact the UBC IT Software Licensing team.


Licensing Renewals

Currently, the only license that expires fiscally on March 31 is SAS. To continue using these software titles, you must renew your license on or before April 1.

Further Information

Getting Started