Planning your Arrival & Commencing Your Studies
Now that you're on your way to studying at UNSW, there is a lot to think about before you arrive. Here you will find information and services available to you that will help make your transition easier.
From the moment you arrive, we want you to feel welcome. The Research Student Unit (SAS), support staff and your School will welcome you to campus and give you helpful information about settling into UNSW Canberra.
Living in Canberra
Canberra is the national capital of Australia, a multicultural city and the seat of the national government. It is a 3-hour drive from Sydney and a 2-hour drive from the snow and the coast. It is consistently rated as one of the world’s top city to live by the OECD, to study by QS Best Student Cities and to travel by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel ratings.
Canberra is a modern and connected city offering big city amenities without the traffic, congestion or pollution. The median age is well below that of Australia in general providing an opportunity to connect with like-minded peers from all over the world. Higher than national average education levels means that students in Canberra are part of a community that encourages you to learn and further your knowledge.
Spend your free time exploring the wide-open spaces and natural surrounds of Canberra. Engage in social events such as sports, concerts and festivals. Enjoy unique access to major exhibitions and take the opportunity to learn and engage with Australia's story, both past and present. Visit the national cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia. For more information see Visit Canberra and Study Canberra,
The cost of living in Canberra will vary according to your personal lifestyle preferences. You should research these costs before you commit to ensuring you have funding to meet these requirements. For international students please refer to 'Estimated Cost of Living in Canberra'
You'll need the capacity to cover the costs of airfares, tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your stay. The Australian Government requires that you have sufficient funds while studying in Australia which will cover accommodation, food, transport, clothing, fuel, power, telephone and entertainment.
Housing & Accommodation
UNSW Canberra is located in the Canberra suburb of Campbell, near the Airport and on the Northside in Central Canberra. There is no accommodation on campus for non-Defence students; however, depending on your personal taste, budget, location and the length of your stay there are a number of accommodation options. Many students choose to live off-campus in a unit, townhouse or a house and will usually share the costs with other students. You will often find advertisements for rooms within share accommodation on university noticeboards and online. If you have the budget you may wish to rent your own place.
For more information refer to Accommodation and Transport information for new students.
Arc Canberra has useful information for student support and legal advice regarding accommodation, your rights and obligations.
UNSW Canberra MATES Program
What is MATES? It is the Mentor Assisted Transition for new Enrolled Students arriving for the commencement of study at UNSW Canberra.
The word ‘mate’ is an Australian slang word meaning ‘a buddy or friend’ and is used to greet someone as in ‘G’day mate’
Find out more about the MATES program and to apply for a mentor.
International students studying at UNSW require a Confirmation of Enrolment from UNSW to enable them to apply for a student visa for the length of their program. Intenational students are also required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their stay in Australia. Australia's laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws include the Education Services for Oversaes Students (ESOS) Act.
For more information refer to: