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MATLAB: Student Licenses

IS&T is pleased to offer Student MATLAB free of charge to all registered MIT undergraduate and graduate students for use on their personal machines.

Students may not install the Matlab Student License on MIT-owned machines, or machines on which Matlab is to be used by faculty and staff for educational purposes.


While Student MATLAB can be used offline, an internet connection is required for installation and activation. Installation is possible over any Internet connection (the VPN is not required), however the download size of a full MATLAB installation is large (up to 5GB on some platforms). For this reason, we recommend a direct connection to MITnet, or another network connection capable of at least 10Mbit download speeds.

Before installing Student MATLAB, you will need to the obtain license number and activation code, and then follow the instructions in the IS&T Knowledge Base:

Toolboxes included in your MIT license
  • Simulink
  • Aerospace Blockset
  • Aerospace Toolbox
  • Bioinformatics Toolbox
  • Communication Systems Toolbox
  • Computer Vision System Toolbox
  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox
  • Database Toolbox
  • Datafeed Toolbox
  • DSP System Toolbox
  • Econometrics Toolbox 
  • Embedded Coder
  • Filter Design HDL Coder
  • Financial Instrument Toolbox
  • Financial Toolbox
  • Fixed-Point Designer
  • Fuzzy Logic Toolbox
  • Gauges Blockset
  • Global Optimization Toolbox
  • HDL Coder
  • Image Acquisition Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Instrument Control Toolbox
  • LTE System Toolbox
  • Mapping Toolbox
  • MATLAB Builder EX
  • MATLAB Builder JA
  • MATLAB Builder NE
  • MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Compiler
  • MATLAB Report Generator
  • Model Predictive Control Toolbox
  • Model-Based Calibration Toolbox
  • Neural Network Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • Real-Time Windows Target
  • RF Toolbox
  • Robust Control Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • SimBiology
  • SimDriveline
  • SimElectronics
  • SimEvents
  • SimHydraulics
  • SimMechanics
  • SimPowerSystems
  • SimRF
  • SimScape
  • Simulink 3D Animation
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Control Design
  • Simulink Design Optimization
  • Simulink Real-Time
  • Simulink Report Generator
  • Simulink Verification and Validation
  • Spreadsheet Link EX
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • System Identification Toolbox
  • Trading Toolbox
  • Vehicle Network Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox


If you require assistance with your MIT personal certificate, or are unable to access the license number and activation code above, contact the Software Distribution Team.

For all other installation, activation, and technical support, contact The MathWorks for more information, or call 508-647-7000 (Monday - Friday 8:30AM-8:00PM EST). 
Note: Have your license number ready when contacting technical support.

Faculty and staff

Faculty and staff are not eligible for this license. Licenses are avalable via IS&T's MATLAB: Faculty and staff licenses page. (Faculty/Staff certificate required)

MATLAB on Athena

All members of the MIT Community are eligible to use MATLAB on Athena. For more information, see What Runs Where on Athena.