Department of Statistics

Computer labs, software and assistance area

Statistics demonstrators are on duty in the computer laboratory from Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-5pm during term time to assist students with their assignments.

Computer laboratories versus using a home computer

Our laboratory facilities have sufficient capacity for you to complete all your assigned computer work. However, many students have access to computers at home and may find it more convenient to use their home computer or laptop instead. We have a number of  softwares available for free (or at a nominal charge) for such use cases. Please discuss this with your lecturer or read the sections below for more details.


Using the computer laboratory

The Department of Statistics shares a large computer laboratory (120 seats), located in the basement of Building 303S along with a couple others. The 303.B91 (building 303, Room B91) computer laboratory is available for use by Statistics students to study for any Statistics courses. The laboratory can be very busy around assignment due dates. That’s why we urge students to work on their assignments early to ensure access to computers.

303S.B91 lab is staffed with statistics lab demonstrators from Monday 9am to 8pm and friday 9am to 5pm  (except for breaks when times differ). Tutors help with only problems using the statistics software. (Please remember academic integrity, academic conduct and plagarism when doing your assignments.)

To find out about the computer lab's opening and closing times, see the Faculty of Science's Computer Labs webpage  or email

In addition, students can also use the Kate Edger Information Commons computers. For more information about the software that is used in kate edgar labs, see the Information Commons Software webpage.

Faculty of Science Computer Labs
are in University Building 303S (303 South Wing)
located on Levels 1, Ground Floor and Basement
in Rooms 191, G91, B91
at City Campus

Science Labs Service Email:

These labs may be used by students enrolled in any paper in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Geology, Chemistry and Physics.


Assistance area

During the year, the Faculty of Science operates a Student Assistance Room for undergradute students. If you are an undergraduate Statistics student you are welcome to attend and talk to our Statistics tutors who will be wearing yellow/gold sashes.

Location | Room 302.170, First Floor, Building 302. 
Access is via the large red staircase at plaza level. If you cannot find it please email

Times | Semester One and Two: 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, Weeks 2 to 12.
Check your Canvas course or tutor rosters in 302-170 for schedules during mid-semester study breaks, exam periods and Summer School.

More information | To give feedback or for more information about the assistance room, please contact  David Smith and  Leila Boyle.


Statistical computing software(s)

SAS Software Download

SAS is an integrated system of software products that enables programmers to perform all kinds of statistical data analysis.

  • If you are a staff or student, you are allowed to install SAS at home. SAS is a large software 14 to 24GB. SAS works on Windows  and can be downloaded using your univerity login only for your work at home (laptop/desktop). Here is the link:
  • If you are a staff member or a PhD student and need SAS on your work machine, you can download the work version from 'self service' software installed on your university machine or email

The SAS university edition works on Linux, Mac and Windows and can be downloaded from SAS website directly.   It is a light weight alternative.

If you had SAS installed in a previous year, and you need to activate it again for the this year or you need another version, you can download the licence file from the key folder based on the version of SAS you have.

Please note there are license restrictions for using SAS for non-study work, including consulting.

SAS Technical Support:


R Software Download

The R project

The Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland is well known for being the birthplace of the R Project. Founders of the R Project are Ross Ihaka, one of our Associate Professors, and R. Gentleman. The R Project is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is widely used and taught around the world and is being used by Ivy League Universities and even by school children.

For more information check out the web links below.


Matlab Software Download

MATLAB combines a desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly.

For all Work at Home installtions, please follow the instruction here

MATLAB Academy

MathWorks offers a complimentary 2-hour MATLAB Onramp training courses through MATLAB Academy. To enrol, please visit:

MathWorks Technical Support team: + 61-2-8669-4700

MathWorks Knowledge Base:


Student IT essentials & Free* Softwares

To find out more about IT assistance, free or nominal charge softwares, wireless printing and more; that is available for statistics students, please see :

To find out more about IT assistance, free or nominal charge softwares, wireless printing that is available for all students at the university, see the University's Student IT Essentials webpage.

* T&C exists


Laptops for loan

  • Laptops can be loaned from Science student resource center or information commons (2 hours renewable*)
  • Longer duration (5 days - renewable) loans can be asked from department. See the statistics loaned laptop policy here.