Free software and apps for students

Access free software, apps and cloud storage for use in your studies.

RMIT students can access a wide range of free software and applications. Some software is only freely available to students in particular programs or courses, others are free for all students.

Full list of available software and apps

Click the link below for a full list of available software and access instructions. Login with your RMIT ID and password. Forgotten your password? Reset it.

Adobe Creative Cloud

RMIT is an Adobe Creative Campus, which means all RMIT students and staff have FREE access to the Adobe Creative Cloud – that’s over 20 Adobe apps you can download to your personal device, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Students and staff can also get help using Adobe software via the Adobe Hub at RMIT City campus, which offers one-on-one support from Adobe Coaches, training sessions and more.

Click the link below for information on how to download Creative Cloud to your device and get help using Adobe software.

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Microsoft 365 (Office 365)

All students can freely access Microsoft 365 software including Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams. 

To access the full Microsoft suite:

  1. Go to www.office.com and log in with your RMIT email address (s number followed by @student.rmit.edu.au) and password
  2. In the top right corner, click Install Office
  3. Select Office 365 apps
  4. If prompted, click the Save File button, to allow the download
  5. The install file will download to your computer. Open the file and follow the instructions to install the applications on your computer. When you launch the new applications, log in with your RMIT email address and password.

Resources, help and accessibility

Val GenAI Chatbot

Val is RMIT’s official, free-to-use generative AI tool. Val functions like ChatGPT, but any data you share with Val is kept private, secure and confidential – it’s not shared with OpenAI, or any other external organisations outside RMIT. 

Val can help you with your study and learning, planning and editing resumes or cover letters, drafting emails, summarising text and much more.

Generative AI for students at RMIT module

Learn more about how Val can support you in your studies with the self-paced Generative AI for students at RMIT module. It’s packed with tips and examples to help you use AI effectively. 

myDesktop

Students can access MYOB, AUTOCad and other devices via myDesktop. Go to myDesktop for more information.

Text help Read&Write

Read&Write is a literacy support tool that offers help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words and proofing written work.

How to access Read&Write

  1. Go to the TextHelp Read&Write website
  2. Click the ‘Try Read&Write’ button and select your preferred platform. You can download the software to your device and install it, or add it as an extension to your web browser 
  3. To access the RMIT licence, select the ‘Sign in with Microsoft’ button and enter your RMIT email address. You may also need to provide your RMIT login password and multi-factor authentication

For detailed install instructions with screenshots, download Installing Read&Write for Google Chrome (PDF) or Installing Read&Write for Windows (PDF)

Instructional videos 

The TextHelp YouTube channel has a number of videos to help you explore the features and functions available via Read&Write, including dictation, text to speech, spelling/grammar review and vocabulary lists. Watch the following to get started: 

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.