Not enough cores to deploy resource group error on Azure for Students

I am very new to Azure. I have an Azure for Students subscription and I'm trying to create an Apache Kafka cluster using Azure HDInsight. I selected West Europe as my region. I'm using this resource as a guide:

The first step was to create a resource group, which I managed to do. The next step is to deploy is, which consistently fails. The error is there are not enough cores: 26 cores are required, but 0 are available.

    "message":"At least one resource deployment operation failed. Please list deployment operations for details. Please see for usage details.",
        "message":"{\r\n  \"code\": \"BadRequest\",\r\n  \"message\": \"User SubscriptionId '29bb2797-a6e9-4412-90da-52863c7579ad' does not have cores left to create resource 'kafka-kafkaclustertest1'. Required: 26, Available: 0.\"\r\n}"}

Looking at Usage + quotas, I'm at 100% usage of Network Watchers (1 out of 1). I tried disabling the Network Watcher to no avail. My subscription is not eligible for a quota increase.

My questions are:

  • Does Azure for Students, with its $100 credit, support the services I will need: Resource Group, Virtual Networks, HDInsight?
  • If yes, do I have to configure/activate my subscription credit somehow?
  • Could the issue be related to the region? How do I make sure West Europe has enough available cores? Is it reasonable to try different regions?
  • Can I configure my Kafka resource group to requires less cores?
  • Are there easier ways to deploy a Kafka cluster, perhaps on other cloud providers?

I would very much appreciate some guidance -- thanks!


  • Unfortunately, you cannot create the Azure HDInsight cluster with the Student subscription.

    Reason: With an Azure Student subscription, you will initially be able to access only Azure services that are available with a free tier of service use.

    For more limitations, refer to the below links:

    You may want to look at a pay-as-you-go subscription as this should allow you to deploy a HDInsight cluster, however, may not allow you to utilize the benefits of a student subscription.