Services and facilities
The University’s campuses are equipped with facilities and services that will meet the needs of our students now and into the future.
We are continually investing in state-of-the-art buildings, programs and services to maximise your learning, social, cultural and leisure experiences.
The University is home to the kind of sporting facilities where elite athletes are proud to train.
As a student, you can often access these facilities for discounted rates – or even for free.
- The University Gallery - The University Gallery presents exhibitions by postgraduate students, as well as curated exhibitions and touring shows that promote an awareness of contemporary artists, communities and disciplines.
- The Senta Taft-Hendry Museum - Located beneath the University Gallery, this museum houses an extensive and diverse collection of artefacts dating back to the 1950s telling the story of Senta Taft-Hendry's travels to the Pacific Islands and remote Australia.
- Watt Space Gallery - Watt Space is the University’s student gallery. It is a place of inspiration and experience, where you can engage with the community through your art.
More than just buildings full of books (although we have those too) the University’s libraries are vast, interconnected sources of knowledge, with extensive online databases, spaces for individual or group study, and knowledgeable staff who are ready to assist you.
KU Children's Services childcare centres operate at Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses. Most are community-based centres that are open to the general public as well as staff and students.
Newcastle campus (Callaghan)
- KU Kintaiba Child Care Centre
- KU Kooinda Work Based Child Care Centre (for the children of students and staff only)
- KU Wonnayba Child Care Centre
Central Coast campus (Ourimbah)
If you require emergency or out-of-hours childcare services in Newcastle and the Central Coast regions include:
The hubs are undercover, secure bike storage spaces with end of trip facilities and bike repair equipment.
You need to swipe your student card to gain entry to the hubs.
Bikes can be stored in one of the two types of bike storage racks available. The racks are allocated on a first-come basis and any locks left on racks without bikes will be removed. Bikes left in the hubs for over a week will be removed.
The lockers are individually protected by your chosen four-digit pin. The lockers are programmed to automatically unlock at midnight every night, so be sure to remove your personal items before then.
Single-occupant unisex shower cubicles with separate change spaces are part of all our hubs. You will need to bring your own toiletries and towels.
CCTV cameras operate outside the hubs, and the facilities are included in regular campus security patrols.
Callaghan: Bike Hub East is located at the front of the Student Services Centre, whilst Bike Hub West is at the front of the Social Sciences Building. Click on the campus map to view the location of the bike hubs, or to find one of the dozens of bike racks located around campus.
NeW Space: Secure undercover storage for 217 bikes and modern end of trip facilities are provided under University House.
Hours of operation
The facilities are available 24/7.
Bike Love Corral operates out of Bike Hub East. The entrance is located on the opposite side of building from the main entrance, directly in front of the car park.
The workshop provides bike servicing and hire and is a great meeting place for other cycling enthusiasts.
The Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) offers affordable, premium co-working spaces for startups and small businesses.
With locations in the heart of Newcastle and at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre, you are perfectly situated to make connections with the right people, while having access to your own space and top-of-the-line facilities to develop your business.
While much of the university experience is shared no matter what your degree, aspects of your time will be determined by what you are studying.
So to make sure you are getting the most of your degree – have access to all the right resources, are aware of the right people, and are informed about any prizes or scholarships for which you may be eligible – it’s good to know which school you belong to and where the office is.
For international students, UON Global are the team dedicated to ensuring you make the most of your time not only at the University, but in Australia.
UON Global will get you settled in, organise opportunities to meet new people, and assist you to understand forms and official documents – whether they’re concerning your studies or your visa.
We want to help make your experience at the University one of the best and most memorable times of your life.
The University of Newcastle has created a new space to give makers, designers, programmers and scientists the opportunity to collaborate on projects and design, problem-solve and share ideas.
Located in the Architecture precinct in room BSC124, this hands-on learning environment is open to any UON student who wants to work on innovative ideas. The space features:
- Powered work spaces
- 3D printers
- Lockable storage - lock away a project that you need to come back to!
How do I get access?
The Makerspace will be open to students from 19 September. Initially it will be open from 9am-5pm, though we hope to open it up for 24-hour access soon.
Students will need to self-enrol in the FEBE Makerspace course and complete the Makerspace Health & Safety Induction Module on UONline. Here's a self enrolment guide (PDF, 3MB). Once you have received your certificate of completion, please email it to the Makerspace Coordinator, Priscilla Tan at FEBE-Makerspace@newcastle.edu.au to request swipe-card access to the space.
Makerspace Student Group
If you'd like to connect with some like-minded students you can also join the Makerspace student group. Initially set up by electrical engineering students in 2012, they are keen to collaborate with students in other areas of study to brainstorm on new projects.
Although you don't need to be a member of the group to use the space, you are welcome to join and enjoy social events and activites hosted by the club.
- For any enquiries about the Makerspace, please contact the Coordinator, Priscilla Tan at FEBE-Makerspace@newcastle.edu.au
- For any enquiries about the Makerspace Student Group, please contact the Group Leader, Mitchell Lew.
The Makerspace was launched as part of the inaugural E+I celebrations in 2018. Check out some exciting moments from the launch!