That’s FREE!? Tech Resources Available to You

The best things in life are free. Frank Sinatra said it, and I’m inclined to believe him. College is expensive, and any opportunity to defray that cost is welcome to most of us. With that in mind, Ohio State offers many free tech resources for students. Opportunities for free software, printing, and tech help are just the tip of the iceberg.

Check out some of our favorite free resources below;

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus

While Google Docs can be convenient for group projects, the ease of owning the Microsoft office suite can’t be beat. Normally $60, you can get Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free through Microsoft’s Student Advantage Program. It can be downloaded on up to five devices and includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. What’s more, you don’t need to leave your desk to install it, the software can be downloaded remotely. To get started click here(link is external).


Unlimited storage(link is external). Yes, you heard that correctly.  When using OSU’s file and folder sharing service you can store your ostensibly unlimited quantity of files in the cloud, and can access them from any device with an Internet connection. Similar to Dropbox, the service allows file sharing, commenting and remote access. Beyond this, BuckeyeBox also has unlimited storage for students, and easy OSU login, and the ability to designate tasks on documents. Get started here(link is external).


Computer sluggish or otherwise acting up? Drop by BuckeyeBar at either Tech Hub, or the ground floor of Thompson, and have it checked out for no charge. Often the staff can fix the issue on the spot, and if not they can point you to affordable resources to fix your problem. Drop by, or book an appointment here(link is external).

3D Printing

The Digital Union(link is external) recognizes that 3D printing can often be prohibitively expensive for individuals or departments. In an effort to support great ideas from all over campus, the Digital Union at Stillman Hall (room 145) offers free 3D printing(link is external). Every Friday ten submissions are selected to be printed the following week. Priority is given to ideas that demonstrate originality, academic need, and innovation. Let the Digital Union help bring your idea to life!

Ever thought about learning a new skill like Photoshop or Java? If you don’t have the time or money to take a course at OSU, the Lynda(link is external) subscription at the Digital Union(link is external) is a fantastic resource. This service features online video tutorials and guides to hundreds of software and business topics. To gain access to a seven-day account, email sends e-mail). Similar to checking out a library book, there is no limit to how many times you may request access, and the account can be renewed as long as there is no one else in line to borrow.

Ready to start a new project, or 3D print something? Let us know which of these resources you are most excited about!