Signing up for DreamSpark

Jimmy Wang
Aug 25, 2015 · 3 min read

There are 2 types of DreamSpark accounts.
The difference: https://www.dreamspark.com/Institution/Subscription.aspx
You should sign up for both to get the most free software and tools.

DreamSpark Standard

This is available to all students even if your school isn’t signed up for DreamSpark.

Navigate to https://www.dreamspark.com/Student/

You will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account (hotmail.com, live.com, outlook.com). If you don’t have one make one at outlook.com.

There are five ways to confirm your student status.
The easiest one is to use your school email address.

It took 1 minute for me to get the confirmation email
  1. Go back to https://www.dreamspark.com/Student/.
    Make sure you’re signed in on your outlook.com account you used for DreamSpark Standard.
  2. Click the Download Software tab
  3. Go to the student software catalog!

I would recommend getting Microsoft Azure
(You get free credits to host your web app)

DreamSpark Premium

This is only available if your school has signed up for this.
It provides extra free software on top of the regular DreamSpark Standard like windows 10.

DreamSpark Premium is only available to students in STEM departments.
If you’re in the faculty of engineering or you study computer science. You’re probably eligible.

  1. Navigate to https://www.dreamspark.com/Student/
  2. Click More Software Through your School
  3. If your school has a web store for your program/faculty this means you’re eligible
In McMaster University’s case. Students in either Engineering or Computer Science get access to DreamSpark Premium.

Click Request an Account

The McMaster University DreamSpark Premium gives you access to 223 free software/tools

You will receive an email with a link to create a DreamSpark Premium account.

It took 1 day for me to receive this email
Just some of the free software you get for DreamSpark Premium

Bonus: Office 365 Education

Office 365 is free for some university students.
Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) and other cloud tools.

Enter your school email address to check if you’re eligible.
https://products.office.com/en-CA/student

If you encounter difficulties signing up

Try opening an incognito window and doing the sign up process from there

  1. Go on outlook.com, make sure you are logined in on the correct email
  2. Disable pop up blocker
  3. Disable ad block
  4. Make sure flash is enabled

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