Office 365 FAQ


What is Office 365?
  • Office365 is Microsoft's cloud-based Office suite which UNW has access to for all students, staff, and faculty.  Every user gains free access to Outlook on the Web, OneDrive, and the web versions of the Office apps.  Staff and Faculty can edit documents and collaborate using Office Online, OneDrive, OneNote and SharePoint sites.

Can I install Office 365 on my personally owned computer?
  • The standalone installable office apps are only available for active staff and active faculty (faculty who are currently teaching). This allows the installation of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and Office apps on other mobile devices including Android and Apple phones and tablets. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by the school. 

Where can I install this software if I am eligible?
  • You are free to install Office 365 on up to 5 compatible Mac and Windows computers. This is for personal use only and is not to be shared with any other individual.
  • You should NOT install this on your UNW workstation. IT will continue to manage and update the Office software on your Northwestern-issued workstation. New versions of Office will be coordinated by IT and installed on your workstation at a later date. 

How long can I use this plan for?
  • You can use the plan as long as you are actively working at Northwestern. Eligibility may be re-verified at any time. At expiration, the Office applications will either stop working altogether or enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means documents can be viewed but it isn’t possible to edit or create new documents. In addition, online services associated with your school email address, for example Office Online and OneDrive, may no longer work.

Who manages the OneDrive account provided with this offer?
  • This account is associated with the school and should be used for school-appropriate content. Permissions and access can be changed by the school’s IT administrator at any time.

What are the minimum system requirements for Office 365 Education on personal computers?

What if I need help installing Office 365?

  • Please visit the how-to documentation located here.