Student software: the best free and paid-for student software in 2021

Along with a computer, student software can be the most expensive purchase you make before starting college or university. That’s especially the case if you’re pursuing a creative discipline like photography, design, art, illustration or marketing. But the good news is that most software providers are keen to lure you in, and so provide some sort of student deal. 

Note we say most, not all, though. Some tools are so established as the industry standard that its makers don’t need to. Conversely, even with a discount, some student software may still be more expensive than cheaper equivalents. Don’t miss our round up of the best student discounts, cheap school supplies and the best Apple Back to School deals available now for some really great savings.