Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about 123-reg student hosting

General information about student hosting

How to claim 123-reg student hosting

About the free domain name

About the web hosting

About the free Microsoft software



General information about student hosting

Who can get 123-reg student hosting?

Our student hosting deal is available to any current UK students with an email address ending in .ac.uk.

What do I get with student hosting?

Our student hosting package includes everything you need to get building a website, including:

  • The Windows version of our Business Package.
  • A free .biz domain name
  • Access to download the full versions of Microsoft software

How much does student hosting cost?

Student hosting is £1 per month, plus VAT. You have to sign up and pay for a year upfront, so the total cost (including the VAT) is £14.10 for a year. That's a saving of just under £50!

What can I do with student hosting?

You can use our student hosting for anything you like. Set up a hobby website, build a blog, create a site for a university club or society, use it for help in your academic work... whatever you like, basically!

What happens if I stop being a student after signing up?

It doesn't matter - with this deal you pay for a year upfront, so you can continue using the package for the rest of the year.

Who's behind this offer?

We're one of the UK's biggest web hosts, and we've joined forces with Microsoft - the world's biggest software company - to create this special offer, just for students in the UK.

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How to claim 123-reg student hosting

What do I need to sign up for student hosting?

You'll need an email address ending in .ac.uk (to prove you're a student) and a voucher code. We may have already given you a voucher code, but if not, you can get one now by signing up for the offer.

How do I sign up?

If you haven't got a voucher code yet, go here to claim one now.

If you've already got a voucher code, add our Business hosting package to your shopping basket. Then add a .biz domain name to your order and enter your voucher code when prompted. Our system will automatically offer you the special offer price.

Read our step-by-step guide to claiming student hosting.

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay for your hosting by common credit and debit cards, or by PayPal.

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About the free domain name

What kind of domain name can I get for free?

This offer entitles you to a free .biz domain name. You can claim any domain name ending in .biz, as long as it's available to register.

How long is the domain name free for?

The domain name is free for a year as part of this offer. After that, you can either renew the domain at its usual price (currently £9.99 for a year).

Who owns the domain name?

The .biz domain name will be registered in your name. You'll own it, unless you choose to let it expire.

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About the web hosting

What sort of hosting can I get as part of this offer?

This offer includes the Windows version of our standard Business Package. The package you get is the same package all our other customers get.

Please note, this offer only applies to Windows hosting. The Linux version of this hosting package is not available with this offer.

What can I use the web hosting package for?

You can use the hosting for whatever you like. Set up a hobby website, build a blog, create a site for a university club or society, use it for help in your academic work... whatever you like, basically!

Does the web hosting include support?

Yes, you'll qualify for the same level of support as all our other hosting customers. The best way to get support is through our support site. You can search for answers to common questions, or use the Ask a Question function to send us your queries.

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About the free Microsoft software

What software can I get for free?

The free Microsoft software is available through the Microsoft DreamSpark programme. This enables qualifying students to download professional Microsoft developer, designer and gaming software, totally free of charge.

Microsoft has set DreamSpark up to give students access to the same tools professional web developers and designers use. They can help you unlock your creative potential and make the most of your online abilities - no matter what you want to create on the internet.

The available software includes:

  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
  • Visual Studio 2008 and 2005 Professional Editions
  • SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2003
  • Expression Studio 3
  • Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition

...and more! The list of software changes every now any then, so head over to the DreamSpark website for the latest details.

You'll get the same, fully-loaded software that developers pay for. As a student, you can get it free to help you learn and build your web development and design skills. You must use the software in pursuit of increasing your education, skills, and knowledge in either science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or design, but that's the only restriction.

How do I get the free Microsoft software?

You can grab the free software from the Microsoft DreamSpark site. Follow the instructions there to prove your eligibility and register.

Once you've registered and signed in you can download the software you want.

Can I get the software on CDs or DVDs?

No. Microsoft won't ship you DVDs containing the software, so you'll need to download the packages over a broadband connection.

What's the difference between the software I download for free, and the Microsoft software I buy in a shop?

None at all. Ok, you won't get the snazzy packaging or DVDs, but in all other respects this software is the same software professionals pay goodmoney for!

What can I use the free Microsoft software for?

You can use it for anything you like as long as it's in pursuit of increasing your education, skills, and knowledge in either science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or design.

Will the software expire when I graduate?

You'll need to verify your student status with Microsoft once a year. If you don't do that, your software may expire.

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Contact Us

Having trouble?

If you've run into problems signing up, just fill in the contact form. We'll get back to you.

Why 123-reg?

Everything you need to build great things online

Includes thousands of pounds worth of software

Free .biz domain name - for £1 a month

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