MATLAB Campus and Student License

The University of Zurich currently has a campus-wide MATLAB license available to all students and employees of the UZH under the MathWorks Total Academic Headcount TAH program. The current license is valid untill September 2018.

  • No limitations on number of concurrent users
  • Including many toolboxes (click to see full list)
  • Possibility to install locally without the need to connect to a license server

Matlab TAH license updated unti lSeptember 2019: how to update an existing Matlab installation ?

  • Matlab will be notified about the extension of the license the next time it connects to the Mathworks Activation Server – this happens automatically in the background from time to time while Matlab is running.

    • Staff activation types: extension should be done automatically.
    • Student activation types: extension should be done manually.
  • If your Matlab installation does not automatically updates its activation status, you could follow any of the following procedures:
  1. Start Matlab UI with elevated privileges, click on the help icon, move mouse to licensing and click on `Update Current Licenses ...` => click through, then restart Matlab.

  2. If this does not work, just create a new activation key follow the instructions at: Deploying a TAH Campus License: Designated Computer

  3. As a last option a new installation might be an option, that would also allow you to upgrade to the latest Matlab release.

If your Matlab installation is activated through the ID license server, the renew of the activation will happen automatically as soon as the ID license server will be updated.


Latest release available at UZH: Matlab R2018a

Instructions on how to install and activate the latest release depends on the activation type as described at:

  • Designated Computer and Standalone Named User
    • For those activating Matlab with the Designated Computer and Standalone Named User activation type, you can directly download the latest Matlab installer and proceed with the local installation.
  • Network Concurrent User
    • The ID license server is already enabled to support R2018a.



1. Who can use the TAH Campus and Student license ?

The license covers on-campus and home software use for all instructors, staff, and researchers, as well as classroom and lab installations.

Faculty and staff are also able to install MathWorks software on their personally-owned computers.

Students are also covered by the campus-wide license and can install software on their home or laptop computers.

2. What will happen to existing licenses ?

Existing licenses are automatically deactivated and put into Mathworks storage.

The users have two options:

  • Reactivate the existing MATLAB installation to the new license number using the activation key.
  • Install a newer MATLAB release using the same instructions as a new users (this is the recommended variant).

3. How much will it cost ?

Usage by UZH staff and students is covered by a campus-license. Legitimate users can use MATLAB free of charge under the conditions defined in Mathworks' TAH terms & conditions.

4. How to use the TAH license

The TAH license has these options:

  • TAH Campus: Allows campus-wide access on university-owned computers to all faculty, staff and students. TAH Campus licenses support two activation types:
    • Designated Computer: Software is installed onto individual computers and does not use a network. User may install and use the software on a number of computers.
    • Network Concurrent User: Activation software is installed in a central location (i.e. license server). This installation type has the advantage of easier central management of the software.
  • TAH Student: Allows student access on their personally owned or leased computers. TAH Student licenses support only one activation type:
    • Standalone Named User

4.1 Activation Type Matrix

Usecase Suggested license model
Matlab on personal computer Designated Computer
Matlab Server Designated Computer
Matlab Classroom Network Concurrent User
Matlab Computational Cluster Network Concurrent User
Matlab for Student Standalone Named User

5.Slides of initial information event