Get a taste of life as a student

While your education should be the primary focus during your time at the University of Newcastle, finding the right study-life balance is also important. This is where you’ll find all the information on what student life is like. From the services and support on campus, to the clubs and societies you can join, to where you can go for a hot drink between classes or a cold one after, to the activities, festivals and events are hosted here…the list goes on. So, take a look through and picture yourself here.

Campus life

Medical services

If you are unwell or need health advice we have a bulk-billing medical centre on both our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses.

With at least nine doctors and several nurses covering both facilities you generally don't have to wait long to get an appointment.

We also have a fully-equipped pharmacy at our Newcastle campus. This pharmacy offers fast dispensing of PBS prescriptions and affordable generic medicines. They also have a wide range of vitamins, cosmetics and gifts.

9 on-campus residences with 1,800 beds

We have nine residences across our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Newcastle campus offers space for 1,800 students with the eight residences to choose from. These are:

  • Edwards Hall
  • International House
  • Evatt House
  • Barahineban
  • North Residence
  • South Residence
  • East Residence
  • West Residence

At our Central Coast campus, Blue Gum House offers 26 rooms.

Each residence has its own unique atmosphere and hosts a number of social, cultural and sporting activities. You can also select from fully-catered, semi-catered or self-catered meal options.

For more information see Student Living or view our video:

Help for parents

A university student at Ourimbah campusWe offer opportunities for all capable students irrespective of family situations. If you are a studying parent we have a range of services to make student life easier for you:


We have three childcare centres at Newcastle campus and one at Central Coast. All are run by KU Children's Services and are community-based centres open to the general public as well as staff and students. However the Kooinda centre at Newcastle campus is restricted to children of staff and students only.

Parenting rooms

We have several parenting rooms with facilities such as a change table, nappy disposal unit, microwave, fridge, sink and comfortable chair.

Flexible approaches

We understand that occasionally you may need to bring children to class or that the needs of children may impact your ability to study. Our Equity and Diversity unit can help you come up with possible solutions.

Bars and entertainment

Cinema on the lawnThere is always lots going on on campus including lunchtime performances, markets, open air cinema, pool competitions and parties and events.

If you just want to catch up and have a drink with friends, you can visit the Bar on the Hill or the Godfrey Tanner Bar at Callaghan campus.

The Bar on the Hill is an iconic live music venue in the Hunter region hosting a regular line up of big name gigs and emerging local bands. Acts in the past have included Powderfinger, Ball Park Music, Boy & Bear, Meg Mac, The Amity Affliction, Art vs. Science and Hilltop Hoods.

Restaurants and coffee shops

Marmadukes coffee shop on the Newcastle campusWe have a wide range of restaurants, cafes and coffee outlets at our Newcastle, City precinct and Central Coast campuses.

There are a range of food and beverage options including Bar on the Hill, Subway, Boost, Gloria Jeans and the eatery at Ourimbah, all offering affordable choices. Our information commons in the libraries offer coffee, snacks and lunches.

World-class sporting facilities

Aquatic centre as part of the Forum on Newcastle campusWe have various sporting facilities at both our Newcastle and Central Coast campus.


Our gym at the Forum at both Newcastle Callaghan and City campuses are state of the art. These fully equipped gyms offer a cardio zone, cycle zone, strength training zone, group fitness, personal training, plus a range of group sports including badminton, volleyball and basketball with several indoor courts. The Callaghan facility also offers the second highest climbing wall in Australia, as well as child minding and a cafĂ©. For more information see The Forum.

At Central Coast campus we have the Ourimbah Gym Clinic. Here you can access high quality exercise equipment, complete a health screen and fitness testing or take advantage of health and fitness programming - all for free. Training sessions are available combining intervals of cardio and muscle conditioning.

Aquatic centre

We have an eight lane 50 metre indoor heated pool at the Forum on our Newcastle campus. This facility provides casual swimming and a range of aquatic fitness programs. For more information see The Forum.

Squash courts

Four squash courts are available in the Squash Pavilion at Newcastle campus.

150+ clubs and societies

Students in the Feast Club
Club and societies are a great way to get involved in university life and make friends while putting some extra-curricular activities on your resume. As a member you will get to attend events, volunteer or perhaps join the committee.

The University of Newcastle boasts over 150 clubs and societies so there is bound to be one that will appeal to you with categories of academia, sport, charity, culture and much more.

Ovals and parks

Student stretching on one of our ovalsWe have six sporting ovals at Newcastle campus. These are:

  • Ray Watt Oval
  • Oval 1
  • Oval 2
  • Oval 3
  • Oval 4
  • Oval 5

They provide a great open space to catch up with friends, hold study groups and most can be booked for larger gatherings and events.

Other retail outlets

Save time and take advantage of our other retail outlets on campus.

Campus Travel

Commonwealth Bank building

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Planning your next adventure? Campus Travel are your one stop shop! They are located in the Commonwealth Bank building across from Bar on the Hill. They have exclusive deals on travel packages for students, youths and teachers as well as being open to all. They are the experts in Contiki and the lovely knowledgeable staff know all of the best budget travelling tips.

To kick start your travel plans you can give them a call on (02) 1300 264 184 or drop them an email on

Commonwealth Bank

Across from Bar on the Hill, Callaghan.

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Friday, 9:30am - 5:00pm.

The University of Newcastle CommBank branch offers a range of free student banking options to new and existing students including; No account keeping and No withdrawal fees at all CommBank and Bankwest ATMs. Conveniently located within the Commonwealth Bank Building across from the Bar on The Hill, the branch offers features such as; cash deposit and withdrawal ATM’s, coin counting machine, iPad Netbank Kiosk and in-branch customer Wi-Fi. So for easier more convenient banking visit Commonwealth Bank, University of Newcastle branch today.

Contact Newcastle Commonwealth Bank
Phone: (02) 4968 1186

Newcastle University Post Office

Shortland Building, Callaghan.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

The Newcastle University Post Office is located in the Shortland Building. The Post Office can look after all of your mailing needs as well as PO Box hire and passport applications.

For any enquiries, please contact (02) 4985 4135.

Retail and stationery store


Student Amenities Building, Ourimbah.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm

The Ourimbah Retail Hub is fully stocked with everything you need while studying. Inside you can find a range of notebooks, pens, USBs, technology, course materials and more.

This store is also home to The Shop, the University’s official merchandise store.

The School Locker

Shortland Building, Callaghan.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Located on Level 2 of the Shortland Building, The School Locker offers a range of products and services, including notebooks, stethoscopes, lab coats, keyboards, headphones and heaps more!

The School Locker is also an Apple Authorised Service Provider so students and staff can visit the store to get the best care for their Apple products, including same-day iPhone screen repair.

The Shop

Shortland Building, Callaghan.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

The Shop, stocking official University of Newcastle merchandise, is co-located with Australia Post in the Shortland Building.

At The Shop you can get:

  • T-shirts and hoodies in a range of colours and a choice of classic and varsity design, manufactured by AS Colour who are well-known for their commitment to social responsibility
  • Canvas tote bags
  • Eco-pens and eco-notebooks
  • Recycled leather notebooks
  • Sports drink bottles
  • Chino caps
  • Glass tea infusers
  • Graduation teddy bears
  • Rock candy

University of Newcastle Print Centre

Shortland Building, Callaghan.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm including semester breaks.

For all of your printing needs, make sure you check out the Print Centre on campus. The super friendly team are located in the Shortland Building and are happy to help you out with all types of printing, binding, invitations, posters and your course notes material.

You can contact them on (02) 4985 4474, email: or Facebook

Find more Services and Facilities

40,206 students from 122 countries

A groups of students speaking to a teacherThe University of Newcastle offers an active, diverse community of students from a huge variety of social, educational and cultural backgrounds. Campus life is an enriching experience where you will meet loads of interesting people not only in your studies but in the range of other social and study activities and spaces available at the university.

Campus shuttle buses

NUspace shuttle

If you are studying at Newcastle City campus, then you can take advantage of our free shuttle service from Callaghan campus. The shuttle makes six stops on Callaghan campus where you can hop-on or hop-off before continuing non-stop to NUspace. Find out more.

Security shuttle

The Security shuttle operates Monday – Friday from 8.00am to 4.00pm and runs a continuous loop around Callaghan campus (including Warabrook train station) before switching to an on-call service from 6.30pm to 1.00am to get you to and from class safely. The shuttle will also drop you to your car or to surrounding suburbs within a 3km radius.

At Ourimbah, the Security shuttle operates Monday – Friday from 5.00pm to 10.00pm as an on-call service. The shuttle will also pick up and drop off from Ourimbah train station upon request. Find out more.

Natural setting

Students chatting on the grass at our Newcastle campusOur campuses at Newcastle, Central Coast and Port Macquarie are situated in beautiful bushland environments. These provide an enriched natural learning setting and a great backdrop for outdoor study spaces.

Students taking a break from study can meet up with friends in a sunny, tree-lined space. Or students can take advantage of the wireless access to move their study outside.

Multiple campuses

IDC Building on the Newcastle campusOur main campuses are located in Newcastle and on the Central Coast. We also have a key presence in Singapore, Sydney and in five regional centres in Australia. We have worked hard to create environments that strive to meet the needs of the staff and students in each distinct location.

Select a campus to find out more:

Bike hubs

A bike hub on our Newcastle campusWe have several newly constructed bike hubs at Newcastle campus. These modern bike hubs offer:

  • secure bike storage
  • secure lockers for cycling equipment
  • shower facilities
  • mechanic shop/workspace.

There are also plans to construct bike hubs at Newcastle City and Central Coast campus.

Book shops

A student in our bookshopThe School Locker at Callaghan and Retail Hub at Ourimbah have your textbook and course materials covered, along with stationery, lab coats, technology and more.

Student Advantage

When you become a University of Newcastle Student you will receive free or discounted access to key IT tools and services you need to complete your studies and make uni life easier.

  • Wifi
  • Microsoft 365 - including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Teams, Sway and more
  • NUmail - your university email
  • Sophos antivirus software
  • On campus computers
  • Zoom
  • Support
  • Other free and discounted software

Learn more about IT Support


Take one of our virtual tours showcased below and view some of our Library highlights and spaces.

View some of our library highlights:

Living Histories

Living Histories

View our state-of-the-art online platform for thousands of photos, audio and more.

Cultural Collections

Cultural Collections

Housing our historical and University cultural memory, the Cultural Collections incorporates the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections.



The Ourimbah Library MakerSpace is a unique space that encourages people to experiment, innovate, create and find peer support.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.