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IT resources

Oxford students have access to discounted software, including free antivirus software and more. Find out how you can benefit from each of these resources below.

If you’ve just joined the University, whether you’re a student or a new member of staff, we have guidance to help you get set up with all your basic IT needs, such as email and internet access. We’ll also introduce you to the other IT services we offer that can help you make your work or study easier. Please visit the IT Services Getting started page for further IT information.


OxFile is a web service that supports the exchange of large files (up to 25GB) with people inside and outside of Oxford University. It is simple and fast to use, and any member of the collegiate University can set up a file exchange for immediate use.

Please be aware:

  • this system is self-tidying with files automatically pruned after a (user-selected) fixed period
  • you can choose to automatically send a notification email when files have been uploaded/downloaded
  • basic security (encrypted file transfer, server verification, and user access control) is included by default.

Data backup and archiving (graduates only)

The central Hierarchical File Server (HFS) services provides large-scale central backup and archive services to postgraduate students.

Free and low cost software

IT Services offers a range of free and low cost software to members of the University. Sophos antivirus is available for free and Office365 apps are available to students as part of Nexus365. Check out the full list of what's available and how to obtain it.

Online IT learning resources

Free access to LinkedIn Learning via the IT Learning Centre. Use your Oxford Single Sign-on to register access to this vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognised industry experts, it is a resource for students looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, project management, social media, and a wide range of other topics topics including data analysis, programming and web development. There are new courses each week and the option to watch a complete course or bite-sized videos as you need them. 

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