Office 365

Free Microsoft Office for all NorthTec students

NorthTec has made an agreement with Microsoft to provide Office 365 ProPlus to every one of our students for free. This automatically updatable, subscription-based software ensures our students always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more for as long as they’re a student here and the program continues. You'll also get 1TB of online storage through OneDrive.

  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets.
  • Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
  • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular document software

Getting Office 365

This offer is available to all students at Northtec. To get your complimentary Office, visit and login with your NorthTec username and network password.

  • Username - Your username for Office 365 is your NorthTec username followed by e.g. This is not your email address. It is merely a way for Microsoft to confirm that the account belongs to NorthTec. 
  • Password - Your password is your NorthTec network password. NorthTec Office 365 relies on your NorthTec network login credentials to give you access. If you have already have an existing NorthTec network password, you can enter it here. If you have not changed your password before, your default NorthTec network password will be your birthdate in such format: ddMmmyyyy example 1Jan1970.

You will need to login and be connected to the internet at least once a month to keep your subscriptions active.

DO NOT change your password inside the Office 365 account as this will not synchronise with your NorthTec network login and will cause access problems.

If you need to change your password this is best done by changing your NorthTec network login password via the NorthTec student portal at while logged into a campus student PC or the wireless networks available at campus.

Before you start installing Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus locally on your own computer, check  the following

Is Microsoft Office already installed on your computer? If so, you might not need Office 365 Pro Plus. For best results, uninstall older versions of Office before you install Office 365 Pro Plus.

You will need a reliable internet connection to download installation files.

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus license and managing your installations.

  • You manage installations through the Office 365 portal at or
  • Your Office 365 account ID, {student ID} (for example is only used to log in to the portal, where you install, activate and deactivate Office 365 Pro Plus.
  • If you use up all five installations and need more, you can deactivate any of your existing Office 365 Pro Plus installations through the Office 365 portal.
  • You do not need a product key to activate Office 365 Pro Plus. Activation happens automatically when you install Office through the portal.
  • If you ever need to re-authenticate your Office 365 Pro Plus subscription REMEMBER to use your Office 365 account which is {student ID} (For example

Need help?

For assistance, please contact NorthTec’s ICT Service Desk on 09 470 3777 or email
For help with installation and usage please contact NorthTec library staff.


Do I get anything else besides Office 365 ProPlus when I use the self-service process?

In addition to having access to the Office ProPlus client which has application like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, which work across your PCs and Macs, you can active the clients on your iPad, iPhone, and Android Phone, giving you access to edit and review your homework on the go.  You also get 1 TB of storage through OneDrive for Business to ensure you access to all of your documents whenever you need them.  If you using a computer that doesn’t have Office installed, don’t worry you can edit or review those assignments in Office Online in any browser.

What devices can I use Office 365 ProPlus on?

Office supports PCs and Windows tablets running Windows 7 or higher, and Macs with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Office for iPad can be installed on iPads running version 7.0 or higher. For information about mobile devices, visit

How long can I use Office 365?

Your Office 365 account will be active as long as you have active student or have a current enrolments with NorthTec. 

Your Office 365 account will become inactive 90 days after the class end date if there are no other active or current enrolments. Your NorthTec network account will then be disabled and your Office 365 account will be deactivated and all your data will be removed.

What should I do if I have finished studying and my Office 365 account is due to expire?

  • You will lose access to the free software (which is Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus) once you discontinue enrolment at NorthTec. 
  • Microsoft will give you the option to continue with your subscription by paying a subscription fee. 
  • If you do not wish to pay a subscription fee your account will become inactive and you will not be able to access it.
  • Important: Once your Office 365 account expires, your Office 365 account will be deactivated and all your data will be removed from Office 365. If you wish to keep any data you have saved you will need to copy it out of the account before it expires. It is your responsibility as a student to back up your own data at all times. 

What does Office 365 ProPlus include?

Office 365 ProPlus comes with a full version of Office and familiar Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and more. Office 365 ProPlus is a user-based service and allows each student to install on up to five PCs or Macs, and five tablets (iPad) and access Office mobile applications on iPhone and Android phones. (Office Mobile applications are included with all Windows phones). More information here.

Can students install Office for iPad through this Office 365 ProPlus benefit?

Yes, this would count towards the limit of installing it on 5 tablets. Just install the applications and sign in with your school ID.

I need help installing, where do I go?

If you are having issues installing Office, visit Install Office on your PC or Mac with Office 365 for business for installation instructions.