What is often forgotten or most people are unaware of is that there are many discounts available to students. One for instance is around software. Right now, if you are a student at a post-secondary institution within the United States or Canada you can get all of Microsoft Office Ultimate for $64 which normally goes for $680 in stores.
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Plus, your university may also have software available to you for a discounted price. Ask your IT department if this is the case and how they are obtainable. Often universities have a website which require your student number to login and provide you with software to download such as antivirus protection and course-specific applications.