InDesign Student Version for Windows/Mac (Free Download)

This article will guide you through the process of getting a free student version of the latest InDesign software from Adobe. We understand how important it is for students on a budget to obtain quality software to enhance their skills.

Adobe InDesign is a popular software application for creating print and digital media publications such as books, magazines, postcards, stickers, comics, flyers, newspapers and much more. With over 8 million, it is used by graphic designers, publishers, marketers and others across every industry.

The latest version comes with a 7-day free trial which includes all the features and updates. However, if you want to go beyond 7 days, then follow this guide.

Run InDesign on Mac with Parallels (50% OFF for students).

Student Version of InDesign

The software is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription, where you can access to over 20 applications from this company, such as Photoshop, Premier Pro, Lightroom, Illustrator and much more. You can view the full list here. Instead of paying $20.99/mo just for InDesign, with Creative Cloud, you could get your hands on many more apps. The regular cost of Creative Cloud is $54.99/mo, but as a student or teacher, you are eligible for a 60% discount, which calculates to $19.99/mo. This price is only for the first year of subscription, the renewal price is $19.99/mo.

System requirements

This is a lightweight application that doesn’t require an expensive device.


Windows 2008 R2, 7, 8, or 10; 64-bit processor. 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended). 3.75 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices). 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card.


InDesign for Mac requires an Intel processor and Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later.

Student Version Download Steps

  1. Head over to the official page of the Creative Cloud
  2. Click on the “Free Trial” button
  3. On the next page, select your billing cycle. Whether you select monthly or yearly, the monthly price will be the same for the first year of the subscription. Also, you will get a 7-day free trial, even with the student discount.
  4. Click on the “Continue” button
  5. On the next page, you can skip the upsells and click on the “No thanks” button
  6. If you don’t already have a CC account, enter your email address that is affiliated with your educational institution, preferably with the .edu extension
  7. Proceed with entering your billing details and credit card information
  8. Continue to verification
  9. Once the payment goes through, you will instantly gain access to the Creative Cloud platform with over 20 apps from the Adobe’s library, including InDesign
  10. Adobe ID will be automatically dedicated and email to you.
  11. You might need to login once again with your Adobe ID and password that you set during the registration process
  12. Once you are logged in, locate the InDesign app and click on Download or Install button. This will download the executable file to your device which you have to click to begin the process of installation
  13. The installation will be carried with the free Creative Cloud installation application
  14. The free trial will be begin once the payment is verified and they will automatically bill you unless you cancel within the 7-day timeframe

Creative Cloud Cancelation Steps

In case you just want to use a couple of apps for a few days, then you can cancel the Creative Cloud subscription and avoid getting billed. To do su, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your CC account with the credentials you setup during the registration
  2. Go to Plans and click on Manage plan
  3. Click on cancel plan under Plan and payment
  4. Enter the reason why you are canceling
  5. Click on Continue

This way you can also change the plan before canceling.

InDesign Free Alternatives

Scribus – Free and open-source desktop publishing application. It is used for creating layouts for newspapers, magazines, posters, and other print publications. It is a fairly popular application and a great alternative to InDesign since there have been over 1.4 million downloads of the software.

Inkscape is a vector drawing program. It is used for creating illustrations, logos, and web graphics. It’s used by a variety of people, ranging from students to professionals.

Ratna Sushila
Content writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in the publishing industry with an emphasis on information technology. When she's not working, she's writing.