About Us

Software4Students was launched in 2005 as a pilot programme to provide software for students and parents in disadvantaged schools in Ireland. Due to its phenomenal success in helping bridge the digital divide Software4Students has been expanded to students and parents of 40,000 schools, 650 further education institutions and 160 universities in Ireland and the United Kingdom, covering nearly 19 million students. As a leading supplier of Microsoft software and solutions to the student and education community, Software4Students is the largest and original programme for supplying software to school and college students and their parents.

We supply home users with fully-functional Professional (not Student and Teacher or Home Edition versions) software. Because of our affiliations with Microsoft and with education institutions, we are able to supply these products at hugely discounted prices (typically discounted by 80% or more). Put simply this means you (the home user) get more software at a much lower price.

The main requirement in this programme is that the end user licensee is a student in one of our participating schools/colleges (there are over 1.2 million students who qualify in Ireland). It is very easy to register - all you need to do is give the student's name and school/college they are in, provide your address details and you're done!

For more information please see How it Works.

Our Partners

In order to be able to bring you these great offers, we have teamed up with three of the leading IT organizations in Irish Education. You can click on the company logos for more information.

Working closely with Irish and worldwide education communities, Microsoft has developed technology, tools, programmes and solutions to help address education challenges while improving teaching and learning opportunities.

The National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) was established under the auspices of the Department of Education and Science in 1998. As the Government's agency on the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education, it plays a central role in helping to maximise the benefits for learners and teachers in using ICT.

CHEST IRELAND is an initiative of the Higher Education Authority. CHEST IRELAND'S objectives are to obtain good quality commercial software and datasets and to facilitate access to premier data services, for the Higher Education Community at low prices and attractive license terms.
Notion Music: Software4Students have teamed up with Notion Music to give you PROTÉGÉ 2.0 and Progression Guitar software, audio software that allows anyone to create, perform with, and explore music. It's fun, it's inexpensive and you will be amazed at how you can fulfil your creative potential! Notion Music Software is now affordable and works on a Mac or PC.
Kaspersky: the essential antivirus and Internet security choice for parents and students alike. There are alternatives out there but we think you'll find the prices that we've negotiated offer you unprecedented value that makes your money go that bit further. You will also enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have vastly reduced the risk of unknowingly infecting your PC through email, instant messaging, or other means.

How it works

All you have to do in order to get the best software at the best price is follow these 4 simple steps:

1. Register as a Member

All you have to do is select the school or college you are associated with, then enter your name and contact details. You are now registered.

2. Select Software

Browse through the categories on the left hand side of the page. Once you've found your product, click on the 'Buy Now' button to add it to your cart. You can then either select "Continue Shopping" to purchase additional products or "Check Out" to proceed to the next stage: Make Payment.

3. Make Payment

You can make a payment either by using a credit or debit card. For your safety, we require the full name and address of the cardholder for verification. We will send you an email confirming your purchase which serves as your receipt. Shopping is 100% secure. Guaranteed.

4. Install Software

Your media will then be mailed to you. It is usually delivered within three working days, but may take up to ten days depending on delays and other factors. Once you have received your media, you can install it using the product activation key. Product Keys for installation are located on the back of the disc sleeve.