Prepare for university

Now it’s time to get your admin organised!

Make sure you’re ready for Day 1 by ticking off the following jobs. It won’t take too long, but it will set you up for a great start at university.

Make sure you have:

  • Enrolled in courses
  • Read your Program Handbook and Program Plan
NUPrep Take a Free Bridging and Refresher Course

Your admin essentials

Now it’s time to get your admin organised!

Make sure you’re ready for Day 1 by ticking off the following jobs. It won’t take too long, but it will set you up for a great start at university.

Student ID Card

Your Student ID Card is your passport to our libraries, computers, and travel concessions. Upload your photo online, and we’ll let you know when your card is ready to be picked up.

Organise your Student ID Card

Academic Calendar

There are some important dates in the university calendar each year that you’ll need to be aware of.

Get familiar with the University’s key dates

Student Systems

You’ll use a few different online systems while you study with us. Getting familiar with them now will make your transition to uni much easier.

Learn more about your student systems


You might come across some unfamiliar terms whilst at uni. Understanding these words will help you in your transition to university study.

Familiarise yourself with uni jargon

Free Software

As a University of Newcastle student, you now have access to free digital downloads of Microsoft Office 365, along with 5TB of storage.

Get your free software downloads

Campus Wi-Fi

You can connect to our wireless network within most buildings across our campuses, or you can enjoy the sunshine and connect in one of our many outdoor hotspots.

Find out more about connecting to the internet on campus

Student policies and forms

The University has a range of different rules and policies that apply to both students and staff, including the Student Conduct Rule.

Understand the different rules and policies that apply to you

Sometimes you’ll need to fill out a form to access a university service. For example, this might be because you need to change your contact details, you want to apply for credit, or you would like to register for disability support.

Find any forms and guides you may need

Your campus

Now you’ve sorted out your admin, it’s time to get to know your new campus.

Our campuses are a wonderful mix of award-winning architecturally designed buildings, world-class infrastructure, and natural bushland. They are beautiful, but they can also be a little overwhelming at first. So, read ahead to find our tips on getting to know your campus.

Finding your way around

It’s normal to find campus a bit difficult to navigate when you first start so have a look at our interactive maps to get an idea of where your classes are located.

Find your way around campus

Parking and transport

Finding the best solution for travelling to and from campus is important, which is why we offer a range of options. Active travel, public transport, park and ride, ridesharing or driving – the choice is yours!

Have a look at your options for getting to campus

Places to study on campus

Our campuses are home to countless learning spaces – both for formal classes and lectures, and for informal catchups for group or individual study.

Get to know some of the study spaces available to you


If you’re looking for somewhere to live, we have something to suit you! We have on-campus residences at Callaghan and Ourimbah and we can point you in the right direction to find off campus accommodation.

Find out about options for living on and off campus

Security Services

Our campuses and facilities are safe places to visit, study and work. However, everyone should be vigilant to keep them safe. Our Safety and Security Services team are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Get familiar with our Safety and Security Services team

There’s also a Security Night Shuttle service at Callaghan and Ourimbah campus or the Safety and Security Services team also provide an after service dark safe walk service.

Read about getting around campus at night

Student Kitchens

Providing filtered hot and cold water as well as access to free microwaves, you can find student kitchens at:

Callaghan campus: Shortland Building next to Shortland Student Central

Auchmuty Information Common (AIC)

Newcastle City Precinct: Level 1 of NUspace, towards the back of the building.

Ourimbah campus: Top floor of the library, at the lecture theatres and at classrooms south.

Retail outlets

We have a wide range of cafes, restaurants and bars across our Callaghan, Newcastle City precinct and Central Coast campuses. Whether you're looking for a quiet spot for a coffee or drink, or a place to catch up with friends for a bite to eat, we've got plenty of options for you.

Have a look at our food and beverage outlets

We also have a range of retail outlets on campus. If you can’t find what you need, all our campuses have convenient access to local shops.

Check out our retail outlets

We have three KU childcare centres at Newcastle campus at Callaghan and one at Central Coast campus. The KU Kooinda Work Based Childcare Centre at Newcastle campus is specifically for the children of staff and students.

Find out more about childcare centres on campus

We offer comfortable and private facilities at Newcastle (Callaghan and NUspace) and Central Coast campuses for breastfeeding, expressing, and storing milk, and nappy changing.

Callaghan Campus: Auchmuty Library L324 and Richardson Wing RW131

Newcastle City Campus: NUspace XG20

Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah: Information Resource Centre (Library) A239

Sydney Campus: ELI120

Prayer and reflection rooms

The University has reflection rooms at Newcastle campus (Callaghan) and University House, where all members of the University of Newcastle community may carry out prayer or meditation.

Male and female prayer rooms are also available at Newcastle campus (Callaghan) for Muslim students.

Find out more about prayer and reflection rooms

Printing and computing facilities

Computers are available for you to use at all Student Central locations, Information Commons, or the Library.

To print at uni, you’ll need to put credit on your student card online at myPrintCopy as printing is charged on a per page basis.

Check out computer and printing services available to you

Healthy campus

At the University of Newcastle's campuses, you'll find plenty of activities and facilities to keep you active and healthy.

See what sporting facilities we have to offer

Your support

Your time at the University of Newcastle can be one of the most rewarding periods of your life. It’s also a time when you will probably need support and advice, both academic and personal. Students who actively seek help during their studies are more likely to be successful– so it’s one of the smartest things you can do.

The AskUON team are here to help if you have any questions or need support, you can get in touch with them at AskUON.


The University of Newcastle offers a large number of scholarships each year to recognise academic excellence, help overcome financial hardship and educational disadvantage, recognise cultural and sporting excellence, support Indigenous students and more.

Search our Scholarships

Uni Ready Quiz

Designed to help you prepare for your study, the quiz will guide you through what is available at the University of Newcastle to help you succeed in your studies and link you to information and workshops to help you navigate to success.

Take the quiz

Personal support and AccessAbility

We provide a range of free services, including consultations with a Wellbeing Advisor within a day or two, face to face and online counselling appointments, Online Drop In sessions via skype, after-hours phone support, and a range of resources to help students to improve their wellbeing and reach their academic potential.

If you are an international student, are from an Indigenous background, are a student with a disability or have specific health requirements, we have specialist staff and systems in place to ensure you are supported to succeed in your studies.

AccessAbility can provide you with support if you have a disability or medical condition whether it is permanent, fluctuating, or temporary. If you are the primary carer of someone with a disability or medical condition, AccessAbility can also help you.

See what personal support is available to you

Prep courses

Bridging and Refresher Courses are a fantastic way to prepare yourself for university. You can brush up on academic knowledge and skills in the weeks leading up to each semester by taking our free NUPrep courses.

Browse our NUPrep courses

Academic Success Course

Another way to prepare for your studies is to take our free online course Academic Success: Skills for Learning and Life. This course is a great way to make sure you feel confident for day 1 and prepared for the semester ahead.

Find out more about Academic Success: Skills for Learning and Life

Student Mentors

Student mentors are current students who can answer your questions and share their experiences with you. When you download our Peer Mentoring app Vygo, you get to choose the student mentor who is right for you.

Connect with a peer mentor to help you find your feet

Financial wellbeing

If you are doing it tough financially – whether it be that you aren’t sure how you’ll afford your course or have the bills stacking up – there are a range of financial services to help keep you afloat.

Check out our resources for securing your financial wellbeing

IT Support

As a University of Newcastle student, you have free access to cutting-edge software and cloud storage. You can also connect with our suite of computer accounts.

If you have any IT trouble, the IT Service Desk is here to help. You can access support 24 hours a day.

Find out about your IT support options

Academic Learning Support

Academic skills such as researching, writing and critical reading are essential for university study, but can sometimes be challenging to develop. To help you with these skills, we have a team of Learning Advisors who offer free support services.

Find out more about the Academic Learning Support available to you

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

The PASS program gives you the opportunity to discuss course content, compare notes and review weekly material with other students in your courses. Sessions are run by students who have already completed the course and have achieved high marks.

Understand how Peer Assisted Study Sessions can help with your study


No matter which campus you study at, you will have access to more than 1.3 million items including 380,000 books and eBooks and over 80,000 electronic journals. The library is great for solo or group study and learning to use the library is an essential skill, so get in early to familiarise yourself.

Get started with our library orientation online guide

Explore the range of classes that the library offers

Your uni life

There’s so much more to university life than assignments and lectures. University offers you opportunities to make new friends, experience new things and develop new skills.

Clubs and Societies

One of the best ways to make new friends at uni is to join a club. There’s over 100 registered clubs and societies and if you see a gap that needs to be filled, you can always start a new club

Check out our clubs and societies


A university campus is similar to a small village, with events and activities happening all the time. You will notice events across our campuses like art exhibitions, free BBQs, movies, live music, and performances spread over the campus in our bars and communal outdoor spaces all year.

See what events are happening


Make new friends, gain valuable skills, and help your University by volunteering on campus! You can choose from a range of activities to get involved in.

Explore your opportunities for volunteering with The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle Students’ Association (UNSA)

UNSA is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and represents students at The University of Newcastle.

UNSA holds regular events and also publishes Opus, the student magazine.

Check out what the University of Newcastle Students’ Association (UNSA) is up to

iLead Plus

The iLEAD Plus program at the University of Newcastle is designed to empower our most future-focused students. It has been designed to develop your brand of leadership – through development of your skills, traits, perspective, experience, and interactions.

Join our global-facing leadership program iLEAD Plus

Student Exchange

Studying overseas lets you experience another culture and prepares you to work and think globally. Whether it be a semester exchange, short course or an internship, there is an overseas experience out there to suit everyone.

Look at our Study Overseas options

Social Media

Student Central is your first point of call for all thing’s student related. Follow us on: Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Your career

Do you want to work part time while you study? Perhaps you’d like help clarifying your long-term goals or connecting with employers. Careers have a service or resource to fit your needs and help you achieve your goals.

Find a job

We have a range of online services to assist you with your job seeking, including CareerHub which is updated daily with vacant positions for students and graduates.

Explore your job opportunities

Get help applying for work

A well-written job application, including a polished resume, can give you the edge in a competitive job market. Making sure you are prepared when you meet an employer face-to-face at an interview or networking opportunity can help you persuade them that you have the right skills for their organisation and role.

Explore our resources for helping you prepare your job applications

Build your employability

Gaining workplace experience, volunteering, and spending time to plan your career is a great way to build your employability.

Have a look at our opportunities for volunteering, career planning and more

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    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.