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Build in the cloud free with Azure for Students

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Start with $100 Azure credit
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Free services

Get popular services free while you have your credit.

Here's just some of what you can do with Azure

Start building apps

Develop with your favorite languages and create custom apps in Visual Studio.

Explore AI

Give your apps the ability to see, hear, speak, understand language, and do more with smart APIs and Azure Cognitive Services.

Work with big data sets

Build and train machine learning models faster with the latest open-source technologies.

After your credit, keep getting free services

Move to pay as you go for free monthly amounts of popular services for 12 months and 55+ other services always.

After your credit, keep getting free services

Move to pay as you go for free monthly amounts of popular services for 12 months and 55+ other services always.

Azure service Description Type Free monthly amount Free period
Get personalized recommendations and best practices for Azure. Management and governance Unlimited Always
Anomaly Detector
Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues. AI + machine learning 20,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
API Management
Manage APIs across all platforms with a hybrid, multicloud platform. Integration 1 million monthly calls free with Consumption tier Always
App Configuration
Store and manage configurations for all your Azure apps. Developer tools 1,000 requests per day with 10 MB storage Always
App Service
Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools including Node.js and PHP. Compute 10 web, mobile, or API apps with 1 GB storage 1 hour per day Always
Archive Storage
Store and manage rarely accessed data with locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS). Storage 10 GB LRS storage, 10 GB LRS or GRS write and retrieval, and 100 reads 12 months
Simplify cloud management with process automation. Management and governance 500 minutes of job runtime Always
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
Enable identity and access management in the cloud. Identity 50,000 stored objects with single sign-on (SSO) to all cloud apps Always
Azure AI Content Safety
Moderate text and images to provide a safer, more positive user experience. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions S0 tier to moderate or review 12 months
Azure Arc
Extend Azure management and services. Hybrid + multicloud Free Azure control plane functionality for resources outside Azure, search and indexing for Azure Arc-enabled resources Always
Azure Attestation
Verify the identity and security posture of trusted platform modules and trusted execution environments. Security Free Always
Azure Cosmos DB
Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 400 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage 12 months
Azure Cosmos DB
Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 1,000 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage Always
Azure Database for MySQL
Host a fully managed, scalable MySQL database in Azure. Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage 12 months
Azure Database for PostgreSQL
Build intelligent, scalable apps with fully managed database for PostgreSQL. Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage 12 months
Azure DevOps
Build apps in any language using Git repos, CI/CD, and build and release automation. Developer tools 5 users with unlimited private Git repos Always
Azure Files
Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code. Storage 100 GB of LRS transaction optimized, hot, and cool files. 2 million read, list, and other file operations 12 months
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose. Compute Free Always
Azure Lighthouse
Manage service providers with Zero Trust access controls. Management and governance Free Always
Azure Managed Applications, Service catalog
Make it easier to acquire services with a catalog of approved cloud offerings. Management and governance Free publishing Always
Azure Maps
Create location-aware web and mobile applications using geospatial services, APIs, and SDKs. Internet of Things 1,000 to 5,000 transactions for specific mapping and location insights features Always
Azure Migrate
Discover, assess, right-size, and migrate your on-premises virtual machines to Azure. Migration Free Always
Azure Policy
Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance. Management and governance Free access to configuration and change tracking features Always
Azure Resource Mover
Simplify how you move multiple resources between Azure regions. Management and governance Free (ingress and egress charges may apply) Always
Azure SignalR Service
Add real-time communications into your web applications. Web 20 concurrent connections per unit and 20,000 messages Always
Bandwidth (Data Transfer)
Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers. Networking 15 GB outbound 12 months
Bandwidth (Data Transfer)
Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers. Networking 100 GB outbound Always
Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications. Compute Free Always
Blob Storage
Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data. Storage 5 GB locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations 12 months
Bot Service
Develop intelligent, enterprise-grade bots that scale on demand. AI + machine learning 10,000 premium channel messages and unlimited standard channel messages Always
Cloud Shell
Manage Azure resources in a browser-based shell using popular command-line tools and programming languages. Management and governance 5 GB free storage in Azure Files for 12 months Always
Cognitive Search
Include a cloud search service in your web and mobile application. AI + machine learning 50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents and 3 indexes per service Always
Cognitive Service for Language
Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities, and language from your text. AI + machine learning 5,000 text records Always
Computer Vision
Extract rich information from images to categorize and process visual data. 5,000 transactions for each S1, S2, and S3 tier 12 months
Container Apps
Build and deploy modern apps and microservices using serverless containers. Containers 180,000 vCPU seconds, 360,000 GiB seconds, and 2 million requests Always
Container Registry
Store and manage container images across all types of Azure deployments. Containers 1 Standard tier registry with 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks 12 months
Cost Management
Monitor, allocate, and optimize cloud costs with transparency, accuracy, and efficiency. Management and governance Free Always
Custom Vision
Easily customize computer vision models for your unique use case. AI + machine learning 10,000 predictions S0 tier, one training hour, two projects with 5,000 training images each 12 months
Data Catalog
Get more value from your enterprise data assets. Analytics Unlimited users Always
Data Factory
Compose and manage data services at scale. Analytics 5 low-frequency activities Always
Database Migration Service
Simplify on-premises database migration to the cloud. Databases Free Standard Compute Always
DevTest Labs
Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments. Developer tools Free Always
Event Grid
Get reliable event delivery at massive scale. Integration 100,000 operations per month Always
Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images. 30,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images. 30,000 transactions of Free instance Always
Form Recognizer
Automate the extraction of text, key/value pairs, and tables from your documents. AI + machine learning 500 pages S0 tier 12 months
Process events with a serverless code architecture. Compute 1 million requests Always
Health Bot
Build and deploy AI-powered, compliant, conversational healthcare experiences at scale. AI + machine learning 3,000 messages (up to 10 messages per second) Always
Health Data Services
Unify and manage health data and protected health information (PHI) in the cloud. Integration 1 GB structured and blob storage, 50,000 API requests, .5 GB transformation operations, 100,000 events Always
Immersive Reader
Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into applications. AI + machine learning 3 million characters Always
IoT Edge
Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to IoT edge devices. Internet of Things Free, open-source edge runtime Always
IoT Hub
Connect, monitor, and manage IoT assets with a scalable platform. Internet of Things 8,000 messages per day and .5 KB message meter size of Free edition Always
Key Vault
Safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets. Security 10,000 transactions RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier 12 months
Language Understanding (LUIS)
Build natural language understanding into apps, bots, and IoT devices. AI + machine learning 10,000 text request transactions S0 tier 12 months
Load Balancer
Instantly add scale, availability, and network performance to your applications. Networking 750 hours, 15 GB of data processing, and up to five rules with Standard Load Balancer 12 months
Logic Apps
Build automated integration solutions across clouds and on-premises systems. Integration 4,000 built-in actions with the Consumption plan Always
Machine Learning
Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice. AI + machine learning Free Always
Managed Disks
Get high performance, durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management. Storage 2 64 GB (P6) solid state drives SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations 12 months
Media Services, Encoding feature
Index, package, protect, and stream video and audio at scale. Media 20 output minutes Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding 12 months
Media Services, Live and on-demand streaming
Deliver content to virtually any device at scale. Media 5 hours each of Standard Passthrough, Live Transcription, and Standard Streaming endpoint 12 months
Metrics Advisor
Embed AI-powered monitoring features to proactively diagnose issues. AI + machine learning 25 time series Always
Gain full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network. Management and governance See Azure Monitor pricing details for free amounts per feature Always
Network Watcher
Monitor, diagnose, and gain insights into your network performance and health. Networking 5 GB storage with 1,000 checks, 10 tests, and 10 connection metrics Always
Notification Hubs
Send push notifications to any platform from any back end. Mobile 1 million push notifications with free namespace Always
Open Datasets
Accelerate machine learning with curated datasets. AI + machine learning Free (egress charges may apply) Always
Deliver rich, personalized experiences for every user. AI + machine learning 50,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Private Link
Privately access services on Azure, keeping your data on the Microsoft network. Networking Free Always
Resource Manager
Simplify how you manage your app resources. Management and governance Free Always
Security Center
Prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources. Security Free policy assessment and recommendations Always
Service Bus
Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration. Integration 750 hours and 13 million operations Standard tier base unit 12 months
Service Fabric
Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps. Containers Free Always
Spatial Anchors
Build mixed reality apps that map, share, and persist 3D content. Mixed reality 10,000 anchors queried Always
Speaker Recognition
Accurately verify and identify speakers by their unique voice characteristics. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions each of speaker verification, speaker identification, and voice storage Always
Speech to Text
Transcribe spoken audio to text. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours each of Standard, Custom, and Conversation Transcription Multichannel Audio, 1 Custom endpoint hosting model Always
Speech Translation
Integrate real-time speech translation into your app. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours Standard Always
SQL Database
Create a SQL database that delivers intelligence built-in. Databases 250 GB S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months
SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition
Build, test, and demonstrate applications in a nonproduction environment. Developer tools Free Always
Static Web Apps
Streamline full-stack development from source code to global high availability. Compute 100 GB bandwidth per subscription, 2 custom domains and .5 GB storage per app Always
Text to Speech
Build apps that convert text to lifelike speech. AI + machine learning 5 million characters Standard, 500,000 characters Neural, and hosting model Always
Add real-time, multi-language text translation to your apps, websites, and tools. AI + machine learning 2 million characters S0 tier 12 months
Virtual Machines—Linux
Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Virtual Machines—Windows
Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Virtual Network
Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters. Networking 50 virtual networks Always
Visual Studio Code
Boost productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development. Developer tools Free Always
VPN Gateway
Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity. Networking 750 hours VpnGw1 Gateway Type 12 months
Web PubSub
Build real-time, two-way communication into your web and mobile apps. Web 20,000 messages per unit per day and 20 concurrent connections per unit (1 unit max) Always

Before you build in Azure, build your skills for free

Learn basic cloud concepts, get an overview of many Azure services, and deploy services for free with hands-on exercises.

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Find out the kinds of solutions that AI makes possible and learn considerations for responsible AI practices.

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Learn about the decisions you make before creating a virtual machine (VM). See ways to create and manage VMs.

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Learn how to build and host a website. Use the programming language of your choice with no need to manage infrastructure.

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Use Python, Flask, and Azure Cognitive Services to build a web app that incorporates AI to translate text.

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Start free with $100 credit to use in 12 months. While you have your credit, get free services too.

After you use your credit, wait until the 12 months are over and sign up again if you’re still a student. You'll get $100 credit and free services—just like before.

If you don't want to wait, move to pay as you go. You'll get 55+ services free always. Only pay if you use more than the free monthly amounts.

Frequently asked questions

What happens once I use all of my $100 free credit?

We'll send you an email so you can decide if you want to move to pay as you go. If you do, you'll keep getting free monthly amounts of popular services. If you don't, your subscription and products will be disabled.

Can I apply any of my $100 credit towards Azure Marketplace offers?

No, you can't use your credit for Azure Marketplace offers. However, many Azure Marketplace partners offer free trials of their solutions.

How many Azure for Students accounts am I allowed to sign up for?

There is a limit of one account per person.

How do I get my free developer tools?

After you create your Azure for Students account, download the tools from the Azure Education Hub.

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Azure for Students Starter

Available to high school or secondary students*

  • Develop web and mobile app scenarios.
  • Access and download professional developer software.
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Azure free account

Available to educators and faculty

  • Get popular services free for 12 months and 55+ services free always.
  • Start with $200 credit to use in your first 30 days.
  • After your credit, pay for only what you use beyond free amounts of services.

*Depending on the country in which you sign up for your Azure free account, you may receive this credit in a specified local currency.