Software for students (August 2023)

Demand for department lab workstations can be quite high during certain times of the year. That’s why we recommend that students install the software they need on their own personal computers. A comprehensive list of free and discounted applications appropriate for use in architectural course work is provided below. The most frequently used applications are highlighted in grey.

Free and Paid through ancillary fee software



Where to acquire it


3D Studio Max,

Go to and create an account. Follow the instructions to download and install the software.


Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft offers Office 365 for free for students with email addresses:

1. Configure Microsoft MFA following this article

2. Download and install Microsoft Office 365 for education

Microsoft Project

Architectural Science students and faculty can install many Microsoft products on their computers, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Visual Studio and some other products. To see all the products and to download/install them, sign in to Microsoft Education Hub Store with your email address. Read this article for step-by-step instructions.

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft Windows


Adobe Creative Cloud including
Acrobat Professional

1st, 2nd, and 3rd year undergraduate students and first year Master of Architecture students receive an annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription through their ancillary fees. Students from other years/programs can participate in a group deal in September to get an annual subscription with a significant discount.

McNeel & Associates

Rhinoceros 3D

Rhinoceros 3D version 7.0 is included in the 1st year ancillary fee.


Enscape for Rhino,
Enscape for Revit,

Enscape license is free for DAS students in 2023/2024. A license will be assigned to your account in the beginning of Fall term.


Twinmotion for Rhino, 
Twinmotion for Revit,

Twinmotion is an alternative to Enscape recommended for DAS students. It is free for education. Follow this article to install it on your computer.
VRay VRay for Rhino,
VRay for Revit,
VRay license is free for DAS students in 2023/2024. A license will be assigned to your account in the beginning of Fall term.

Bluebeam Revu

Construction industry oriented
PDF editing software

Bluebeam Revu license is free for students and educators. Request your license at

Esri ArcGIS

Industry standard GIS (Geographic Information System) software

All Arch Science students can install ArcGIS on their personal computers. Please read this article for instructions.

ArcGIS will allow you to convert GIS files into CAD compatible formats, use ArcGIS online databases for site analysis, and to create/edit maps.

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