The University has licences under the Microsoft Campus Agreement and Microsoft Select Agreement for some Microsoft Software which permit the software to be used by staff on campus or for working at home on PCs owned by the University.
Staff may also install some software, including Microsoft Office, on one personally-owned machine to use for University business only.
There is a price list but contact the School's support team first if you want this software, do not go direct to the University IT Service who may inadvertently charge for items which the School already has.
Under Microsoft's Student Advantage scheme, Microsoft will provide students with a free subscription to Office 365 ProPlus through their Office 365 mail account.
For Windows, the subscription includes:
Applictions are also available for Macs, iOS and Android.
You can keep this subscription for the duration of your studies at the University. The scheme applies to all students who are registered for a qualification at Cardiff University.
For more details see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/it/software/msstudentadvantage.html and to read how to obtain the sotware through your the Office 365 Web Application see How to access and download the free Office suite.
If you want other Microsoft software for your personal machine, including Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, refer to the School's Microsoft Imagine Premium subscription.