Welcome to UNSW Canberra. From the moment you arrive, we want you to feel welcome. We are here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life. The Research Student Unit, counsellors, and student-led organisation Arc are here to support you settle into life in Canberra. We can assist you with student visas, personal wellbeing, academic performance, or if you need help but don’t know where to go.
Your Student Visa
International students studying at UNSW require a confirmation of enrolment from UNSW and a visa for the length of their program. For most international students, this will be a student visa, a category of visa that has different subclasses depending on the program you are studying.
Students and their dependents can find out their visa conditions, study entitlements, and work entitlements online using VEVO, a free service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit VEVO or the UNSW International Support page.
Living in Canberra
Soon after your arrival, you will participate in a cultural transition workshop where you will learn about Australian culture, customs and life in Canberra. 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 the Australian average, providing an opportunity to connect with like-minded peers from all over the world. Higher than national average education levels mean 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.
The cost of studying and living in Canberra for international students will vary according to what you are studying and your personal lifestyle preferences. You should research these costs before you commit to ensure you have funding to meet these requirements.
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 near the airport on the north side of Canberra in the suburb of Campbell. There are no accommodation options on campus for non-Defence students, however depending on your taste, budget, location and the length of your stay there are several accommodation options available. Many students choose to live off-campus in a unit, townhouse or 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 the Accommodation information for new students.
The Arc student group provide a guide to renting. We encourage you to read this to understand your rights and obligations as a tenant.
For questions, advice, or more information, contact the Research Student Unit.
T: +61 2 5114 5000