FREE Office 2013/2016 for PC and Office 2016 for Macintosh

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides students FREE access to Office 2013 & 2016 for personal computers (PC) and Office 2016 for Macs.

This complimentary access includes:

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, and Skype software
  • OneDrive for Business (up to 1 TB of usable disk space)
  • Additional Office365 features

If you do not have Office 2013 yet, you can choose between 2013 and 2016.


  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your school email address and your password (STAR ID password)
  2. On the top left side of the page, go to Office 365 (text)
  3. On the top right side of the page, choose the Install Office 2016
    (or the Other Installs link for more

More Information

Office 2013 for PCs: installation instructions (PDF)
Office 2016 for PCs: installation instructions (PDF)


Do I need to uninstall any previous versions of Office to install the latest version?

No.  If you need to, you can run different versions of Office products, like Excel 2013 and Excel 2010, side-by-side on the same computer.

Can I use Office 365 when I'm offline?

You don't need to be connected to the Internet all the time to use Office desktop programs like Word and Excel.  But you must connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days.  This is so that the status of your subscriptions can be checked.  If you don't connect within 30 days, Office goes into reduced functionality mode.  After you connect to the Internet and your subscription status is verified, all the features of Office are available again.

How do I install the latest version of Office on more than five computers?

You can install the latest version of Office with Office 365 on up to five computers that you use. To install Office on a sixth computer, you can do that by first deactivating an installation on one of your current computers.

Where do I find my product key?

If you install Office from Office 365 for business, you don't need one. The Office 365 user id you used during the installation will be linked to the product and will be needed if you need to reinstall. If you bought another version of Office 365, like Office 365 University, see Find your product key for Office 2013, Office 365 Home, or Office 365 Personal.

Why can't I install just the programs I need like Word, Powerpoint, or Excel?

The Office programs are packaged together for faster download and installation. Once you’ve installed Office, you can delete the short-cuts to the programs that you don’t need. If you need to, you can run different versions of Office products, like Excel 2013 and Excel 2010, side-by-side on the same computer.

I am having problems signing into Skype? What should I do?

Please sign into the web version of Outlook to establish a connection with the "cloud" at (the link is the same for both Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Tech). Enter your time zone and language. After doing this, please try signing into Skype on your desktop PC or laptop. 

How long can I use Office 2016? Do I have to renew yearly?

Office 2016 for students will be available for one year after you graduate or leave college.   You do not have to renew yearly.

Will Office 2016 work with an older operating system, such as Windows XP?

No, unfortunately, it will not function correctly with Windows XP.  Please see other system requirements for Office 365 at:

Where can I get discounted versions of software?

Visit "onthehub" for Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College at: or

If I bring in my laptop or wireless device, can you install Office 2013 for me?

Although we cannot install software or hardware for you on your personal device, we can show you how to proceed.


Please contact the OIT Help Desk at (763) 433-1510 or email or