How to buy

Universities in the UK and Ireland have access to Esri software through our Eduserv Chest agreement. This offers the education sector a significant discount on the cost of the software in comparison with commercial rates. 


Key Facts:

  • Access to Esri ArcGIS products for use across campus
  • Around a 95% discount on commercial software prices
  • 50% discount on Esri UK and Esri Ireland traditional classroom GIS training, and a discount of 30% on instructor-led virtual training
  • Unlimited access to Virtual Campus - Esri's online training offering
  • Use of the software for administrative purposes
  • Esri UK steering group which acts as a regular liaison between the academic community and Esri UK


Packages to suit your institution

There are three levels of site licence available through Eduserv, there are summarized in the table opposite. For more detailed information about what is available through each Chest option, please refer to the Eduserv Website

If you only want a handful of licenses rather than a site licence, please refer to the additional products table on the Chest Website and give us a call to discuss what best fits your needs.

If you want to discuss your current subscription, or are interested in subscribing please email and one of the education team will call you.

*Note - prices are per year and a one-off Eduserv handling fee of £375 is applicable.


If you are a student and are unsure if you have access to Esri software, please take a look at the interactive map on the InteractiveMap which shows all the institutions with site licences to use Esri software. You will need to request access from your local site representative.  Speak with your tutor or email us ( find out who can provide you with access.

If your Institution doesn't subscribe then you can purchase a 1 year student licence of ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced

What does a 1 year student licence include?

  • ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced)
  • All standard extensions (including Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst and many more)
  • A single named user ArcGIS Online account.  
The current price of a 1 year student licence is £102.50.  For more information, please contact our sales team -