Why Mac for University

The Mac is as easy to use as it is powerful. Here's why it's the best computer you can get for school.

Save on a Mac and more.

University students and higher education faculty are eligible for Apple education pricing.

Start shopping online

Designed to be a better computer.

Built to last and full of the latest technological innovations, a Mac is amazing right out of the box and long, long after.

Works well with Office and Windows.

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint work great on a Mac. And if your studies require you to run the occasional Windows app, a Mac can do that, too.1

A great new way to get new Mac apps.

The best place to discover and download apps for your Mac is right on your Mac. With the Mac App Store, all the apps you want are just a click away.2

Open and share PC files.

A Mac works with your PC files — Microsoft Office documents, photos, MP3s, videos, ZIP files and more. And you can access your email and favourite websites in a snap. Microsoft Office also works beautifully on the Mac, which means you can use Word, Excel and PowerPoint just as you always have. Working on a class project with someone who has a PC? Don’t worry. You can open a shared file, make changes and send it right back.

It runs Windows.

Have software that’s not available for the Mac? No problem. You can install Windows on your Mac and use those applications. Learn more about compatibility

Great apps for your Mac.
Right on your Mac.

The Mac App Store is full of apps for school and beyond. You can browse apps by category — from education to entertainment, productivity to games, news to social networking — or do a quick search for something specific. When you find an app you like, just click to buy it. Your new app will appear in your Dock automatically, all ready to go. The Mac App Store will notify you when free updates are available, so you’ll always have the latest version of every app.

Learn more about the Mac App Store

Long battery life.

Finding a place to power up on campus isn’t always easy. That’s why Mac notebooks feature breakthrough batteries that can get you through your classes on a single charge.3

OS X. It what makes a Mac a Mac.

The operating system for the Mac is both easy to use and incredibly powerful. And it’s engineered with built-in defences to help keep your Mac safe from viruses and other threats.

It’s compatible with your stuff.

A Mac easily finds Wi-Fi hotspots and connects to your school network.4 It also works with almost every printer, camera and Bluetooth-enabled device out there.

Keep your favourite devices.

Switching to a Mac doesn’t mean you have to stop using your photo printer or amazing speakers. The same goes for your digital camera, external hard drive, keyboard and two-button mouse. Plug in your devices, and Mac OS X finds the necessary drivers for you. So you can install them with a click and start using everything right away.

Learn more about device compatibility

Wi-Fi wherever.

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network on a Mac requires practically no work at all. That’s because a Mac instantly recognises wireless networks in the area. And joining one takes just a few clicks. There’s no need to reconfigure your settings or follow complicated instructions to log in at home, on campus, in the school library, or at your favourite coffee shop. Your Mac even remembers the Wi-Fi networks you’ve accessed before, and automatically connects you whenever you’re in range.

Documents, presentations and spreadsheets. The Mac way.

The iWork suite of applications makes it easy to create professional-looking term papers, projects and resumes.5 And you can open, save and share Microsoft Office files.

It comes with software you’ll love to use.

Every Mac includes built-in software that lets you do incredible things with your photos, turn videos into cinematic masterpieces and create great-sounding songs.

Everyday applications that work together.

The Mac makes everyday things — like doing research on the web, sending email, and managing your assignments and class schedules — amazing.


With advanced tools for writing and over 180 Apple-designed page layout templates, Pages makes it easy to create amazing-looking class projects and papers. You can even whip up flyers, complete with tear-off phone numbers to post on your dorm bulletin board.

Learn more about Pages


Transform reports and essays into dynamic, animated presentations featuring photos, movies and music. Whether you’re presenting a project in class or a budget to your French club, Keynote gives life to your data.

Learn more about Keynote


Numbers helps you easily organise and make sense of your data, and stunning graphics make it look great, too. Perfect for everything from science experiments to party planning, Numbers takes charts and spreadsheets to a whole new level.

Learn more about Numbers

iPhoto ’11

With iPhoto, it’s easy to organise, edit and email your photos — even share them on Facebook. Create multimedia slideshows or put together a spring break photo book, complete with text and maps. All right from iPhoto. Learn more about iPhoto

iMovie ’11

iMovie lets you quickly and easily make great-looking documentaries and short films. Export your movie to iTunes and watch it on your iPod, iPhone or iPad. And don’t forget to share your films with your Facebook friends or post them on YouTube. Learn more about iMovie

GarageBand ’11

GarageBand turns your Mac into a full-fledged studio for recording podcasts, songs and other audio. Not a virtuoso? Not to worry. GarageBand will teach you how to play guitar or piano with dozens of interactive video lessons. Learn more about GarageBand

Video chat right out of the box.

With FaceTime, you can talk with friends and family face-to-face anytime — whether they’re on a Mac, iPod touch or iPhone. You can also share presentations, photos and more with iChat Theater.6

Support when you need it.

Expert advice and award-winning support are just a phone call away. And a visit to your favourite Apple Store will help you learn how to get even more from your Mac.

Mac for all.

Every Mac comes equipped with assistive technologies to help students who have learning and physical disabilities — at no additional cost.


People with vision disabilities will benefit from VoiceOver — the world’s first gesture-based screen reader, built into every Mac.
Learn more


The Mac makes it easier for deaf and hard-of-hearing users by including support for playing back open- and closed-captioned content.
Learn more

Physical and Motor Skills

The Mac has built-in technologies to help people with difficulties using the keyboard, mouse and trackpad.
Learn more

Literacy and Learning

People with cognitive and learning disabilities can benefit from a simplified Finder, integrated information reference tools, spelling and grammar checking, and more.
Learn more

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Learn more

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

From £999

Learn more

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

From £1,249

Learn more



From £1,149

Learn more

Mac mini

Mac mini

From £499

Learn more



Compare all Mac models

Buy online

Take advantage of Apple education pricing on Mac computers and certain software and accessories at the Apple Online Store for Education.
Start shopping

Find a store

Take advantage of Apple education pricing on Mac computers and certain software and accessories at a local Apple Retail Store.
Find the nearest store

  1. Microsoft Office and Windows are sold separately.
  2. The Mac App Store is available only to persons aged 13 or older in the U.S. and many other countries; see for a list of countries. Requires compatible hardware and software, and Internet access; broadband recommended (fees may apply). Terms apply.
  3. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See for more information.
  4. Wireless Internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point and Internet access; fees may apply.
  5. iWork applications are sold separately.
  6. FaceTime video calling requires a FaceTime-enabled device and Wi-Fi connection for both caller and recipient. Not available in all areas. Messages video chatting requires a broadband Internet connection; fees may apply.

Content sold separately. Available on iTunes and iBooks. Some applications and titles are not available in all areas. Application and title availability is subject to change.