Want to Learn to Code? Here Are 5 Places to Start for Free

Want to Learn to Code? Here Are 5 Places to Start for Free

Learning to code can be a great skill to add to your resume, especially in 2016, where employers are expecting more and more from its employees and their skillset. But do you have to spend hours, years, and a ton of cash to head to university to learn to code? No.

These websites offer free resources to help you develop coding skills. They definitely aren’t going to make you an expert, but everyone has to start somewhere, and why not start somewhere for free?


Codeacademy prides itself on rethinking the traditional form of education and has taught millions of people how to code through their interactive platform. Whether you are looking for a career change or just looking to learn something new, Codeacademy is one of the most popular spots to learn to code for free.


Offering over 1,000 courses, taught by over 119 institutions, on a variety of topics, Coursera is a great spot to learn to code, or to learn just about anything. Each course features pre-recorded videos, quizzes and hands-on projects, as well as help and support, and the ability to connect with other learners.

Khan Academy
han Academy has a mission to provide free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere, and although they offer courses on a variety of topics, like math and art, Khan Academy also offers free courses on coding. The courses are done at your own pace, include interactive exercises, and they pride themselves on being free with no hidden catches!


Courses on Udemy can be created by anyone, so you have to make sure to read reviews beforehand, but there are several amazing courses available! Udemy has over 11,000 students and more than 40,000 courses to choose from in a variety of topics, including coding. Not all courses are free, but several of the beginner coding courses are, and many of the paid ones are reasonably priced.

The Odin Project

Created by developers who wished something like this existed when they were learning how to code, The Odin Project produced a curriculum with some of the best resources online to help you learn to code. As you go through the curriculum, you will build on projects that will help you really learn the material in a hands-on way.

So take some time to buld your skillset, and learn something new. Even if you don’t plan on becoming a developer, learning something outside of your expertise can be beneficial in many different aspects, especially to employers.

About the Author

Lauren Marinigh is a Toronto-based online marketing and content development professional, who is completely addicted to traveling, puppies, and GIFs.

Start your free 14-day trial of Shopify