I recently was able to get a computer to be able to run SolidWorks on and I did my service to be able to get a student version of the program. HP offered me the best price on the computer threw their Veterans discount page that I kept watching for the right sale to come while I was saving all the pennies that I could.
What I like about the student version is that I can play with all the stuff that I do not have at work, I am supposed to have Visualize, electrical, and a bunch of other stuff that I have not looked at yet. It is 2018-2019 student version and I'm Still on 2017 at work.
I found a project that I wanted to work with. Some guy out there has done 99% of the work for me and has made 3d printable versions of all the parts that I can down load as an STL file. When I dropped them into the student version I get an image, vs when at work I get a imported body. Something else about the file is that the student version I could draw a circle and the image measured about 18" dia. The imported part at work came in much much larger than that. so large I have decided not to even bother with it.
More to come as I start to realize the other things that may be different between the two versions.