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If I am no longer a student but want to learn MATLAB, what version should I buy?

Asked by Christiaan on 26 Aug 2012
Latest activity Commented on by Alex Churchill on 22 Jun 2015
If I am no longer a student but want to learn MATLAB to improve my employability, what version should I buy? Apparently I cannot buy the Student Version unless I am enrolled at a degree-awarding institution.
Many thanks, Chris

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 27 Aug 2012
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Unfortunately, if you do not qualify for the Student Version, then the only available license for personal use is the full commercial license. There is no "I'm not making any money from this!" license available.
You will probably want to purchase the Individual license (pretty much the default.) That will entitle you to install the software on several machines (e.g., a desktop and a laptop), as long as you are the only person using the software.
There are, however, sometimes cases where it makes sense to instead buy a Node Locked version, which can only be used on a single machine but can be used by anyone on that machine.

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Call Customer Support for your local region :)
I've send them a message, no response yet, but may be you right, i'd better call. Thank you!
Although this answer was accurate when it was posted, future visitors should take note of Toshiaki Takeuchi's answer below pointing out the new MATLAB Home personal-use license. As long as you're not doing anything commercial and not using it within an organisation, it should be great for your needs.

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Answer by Toshiaki Takeuchi on 13 May 2014

You can now get a personal use license called MATLAB Home.

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 26 Aug 2012

Have you seen the FAQ: http://matlab.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ#What_other_software_packages_exist_to_do_similar_work.3F Might be an option to consider until you are employed.

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Answer by Sean de Wolski
on 27 Aug 2012

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Me too.
Though it is probably not the easiest way to get access to all of the toolboxes...

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Answer by emre iliman on 3 May 2015

I think that's a really stupid policy to require people to obtain a full personal licence in order to learn.

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Oh I wish people like you ran software companies, publishing companies, and universities. It would save me tens of thousands of dollars per year on my son's software, books, college tuition, and other things required to learn. My son should be able to get all that by having the rich one percenters pay for everything - uh, I mean beyond the buildings, institutes, museums, scholarships, and research programs that they already fund. They have enough money to pay for my son's books and MATLAB and everyone else's in the world, right? If you don't want to pay/invest in your learning, then you can try Octave.

Possibly you missed the answer above mentioning the MATLAB Home license; it is much less expensive than a regular license, and is suitable for learning (but is not suitable for earning any money from the software.)

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