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IT resources

Oxford students have their own web space, access to discounted software and more. Find out how you can benefit from each of these resources below.

Personal web space

Every student at the collegiate University has access to 15MB of personal web space. This free space can be used to house a website or as an online storage area. To find out how to activate your web space, visit the IT Services webpage.


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) provides scheduled weekly and on-demand backups of your files to safeguard against computer loss or damage. The service also offers an archiving facility for data of long-term value to the University.

Free and low cost software

The IT Services Online Shop offers students the opportunity to purchase software at a reduced cost. This offer includes special rates on Microsoft products via 'Student and Home' packs available from High Street retailers, or at further reduced rates via Official Microsoft Education Partners.

Free software available includes:

  • Open Office - a Microsoft Office replacement
  • Firefox - a fully featured and secure web browser
  • Thunderbird - a fully featured and secure email client
  • Sophos anti-virus software

All the above programs are available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux systems.

Online training videos: Lynda

Free access to 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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