Where can you download SQL Server 2005?
Enjoy Every Sandwich: "A frequent question I see on the various news groups goes something like this one: 'Is it possible to download SQL Server 2005 for practice? Is there like student edition available for nominal fee? Subscribing to MSDN is very expensive for an individual.'
Actually you can get all you need for 'free.*' I'll point you at the most current stuff. "
Fourth post down. Lots of links for the curious.