The School of Informatics has a subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA). This means that we can offer licensed copies of a range of Microsoft packages. These are for “development” rather than “productivity” tools: Windows 7 and Visual Studio rather than Word and Excel. You can make arbitrary non-commercial use of these while studying here.
In particular, if your chosen coursework topic requires setting up one or more virtual machines running Windows, this can help.
If you would like an MSDN account to download the software and licence keys, send me an email.