I don't know about the UK, but Microsoft usually offers Windows Professional and Office Professional dirt cheap to students and staff at universities here in Australia. I got Windows 8 and Office 2013 for about $10 each as a qualifying staff member. I've seen Microsoft set up a stall at student orientation to sell to students too. So 60 pounds just to get Cloud syncing is a lot in comparison. I couldn't afford that if I was a student!