Vectorworks for College Students

Vectorworks software is rapidly becoming the industry standard for many design streams. Indeed, we are often able to help out recent graduates with instant training and a certificate, without which they are unable to get a job interview!

But, did you know that as a student, you are able to get access to the Vectorworks software free of charge? Students on recognised courses are able to use Vectorworks for their coursework and assignments, giving them a huge advantage when applying for work at the end of the course.

To apply for a student licence, please visit:

The Student Portal at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

You will be required to provide evidence of your student status on a valid course. Please note that here at Design Software Solutions, we have no control over this process or any decisions over eligibility. However, we would be delighted to talk to your course manager if you would like to learn more about Vectorworks and how it could benefit your studies and your future career. We regularly visit colleges to do this and would be happy to come to yours!

We've put together a document to guide you through the process. Click here to download a PDF copy.

Once your licence has expired, you will no longer have access to the software unless you purchase a commercial licence. If you are in any doubt as to the expiry time for your licence, choose Tools > Options > Vectorworks Preferences within Vectorworks, click on Sessions and click Serial Numbers. This will tell you the expiry date of your licence.

If you are still studying at the time of expiry, you are entitled to apply for an extension to your licence. Again, you will need to login to the student portal using the link above and show evidence of your continuing studies.



Training Options

There are many different ways we can train you to become an expert in Vectorworks. You can have one to one training, or we can assist with your own project or you could come to a public training course, where you can learn with other designers.

Please select a training option to suit your needs:


How can we help you to move your practice forward? Training is a great starting point, but sometimes, particularly with larger teams, there are other issues that need to be addressed - such as building a best practice model for working together.

Or call us to discuss your needs on 0845 003 7066


Too shy to learn Vectorworks face to face?

If you're too shy to learn face to face, or can't get to our office, or if you want to learn Vectorworks online, we are able to offer our standard classroom courses as online courses to take in your own time.