Esri ArcGIS


Registered UBC students can purchase a one-year ArcGIS Online Account and ArcGIS software license on their personal computers (not owned by UBC) for courses and other learning activities. It should NOT be used for research or other non-teaching UBC business. This $20 license includes ArcGIS Pro desktop software and extensions.  Access to free Esri online courses or Esri Canada instructor-led training at a reduced cost is also available.


This is a non-refundable installation. The Student License is to be installed on personal computers only.  Contact Forestry IT for more information.


UBC staff, faculty, instructor, researcher and departmental purchases of Esri’s software are available through the Faculty of Forestry.

This is our non-student UBC business use (research and administrative use) campus pricing for various installations of ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online Accounts as of April, 2022. Pricing below reflect fiscal year costs; there are no pro-rated pricing if purchased late in the fiscal year hence make your purchases near the fiscal year start (April of each year).

$125. per member per fiscal year,
$500. for maximum 5 member research group per fiscal year,
$2000. for maximum 25 members in a teaching lab per fiscal year, or
$5000. for unlimited copies of all ESRI software at your UBC unit per fiscal year.

ArcGIS Pro includes Spatial, Geostatistical, Network, and 3D Analyst and other extensions. This is non-refundable. Our campus license is for UBC owned computers mostly, reasonable requests for personally owned devices will be granted. Class sets need to be ordered at least 2 weeks in advance. Expired (non-renewed) accounts are disabled, account deleted a year after expiration and data archived for a few more years, or until space is needed. Advisable to maintain a backup copy all your Online data on your localstorage device.

For more information:UBCV:  contact Forestry IT
UBCO:  contact UBCO Helpdesk


The Faculty of Forestry manages UBC licenses for Esri software, including ArcGIS Pro, CityEngine, and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) is not longer supported or licensed.

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s primary desktop GIS software and is available to UBC students, faculty, and staff at a number of computer labs on campus. For use on student personal computers (Windows OS) for courses and self-paced learning, 1-year license for Esri’s ArcGIS Student Edition software is also available to UBC students. See above for pricing.

UBC’s Esri ArcGIS Student Edition includes:

  • ArcGIS Pro
  • ArcCatalog
  • Spatial Analyst Extension
  • Network Analyst Extension
  • Geostatistical Analyst Extension
  • 3D Analyst Extension, and others



Windows 10 or 11 and Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 6 – Windows x64.

Macs, purchase Parallels 19 and install Windows using Parallels recommended OS. Windows license key, try what UBC provides to students from here, otherwise you’ll need to purchase a Windows license.


Windows: recommended 4 core CPU (minimum 2 cores), recommended 32 GB ram (minimum 8 GB), recommended dedicated graphics of 4 GB or more GPU Ram, minimum: DirectX 11, feature level 11.0, Shader Model 5.0, minimum: OpenGL 4.3 with the ARB_clip_control and EXT_texture_compression_s3tc extensions and a recommended 1080p or higher screen resolution.

Mac: MacBook Pros with 8 cores and 16 GB or more Ram. Avoid a MacBook Air, experience will not be great if it works at all.

ArcGIS Online Account

ArcGIS Online account gives access to Esri’s online mapping and the ability to share maps over the Internet.


MyEsri is available through the ArcGIS Online account and is a source for online learning available for free to all students at UBC.


QGIS is a free and open-source GIS software that runs on several operating systems including Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Android. This software is available to use in Koerner Library computer labs, or you can download the desired version from the QGIS website.


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