The University of Newcastle, Australia

Mid-Year Move Back


Move Back marks the continuation of your University and Student Living journey on campus. To ensure you have an amazing, smooth move in experience, we strongly encourage residents to join us on the first day of their contract.

The check-in process will be a little bit different to what you experienced on Move In Day in February.
In line with social distancing requirements, Student Living will be facilitating a staged check-in process over four days. Please arrive at the Student Living Office at West Residence within our amended business hours (10:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday) on your allocated day below.

If you're moving into Blue Gum House at Ourimbah, all you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Report to the Facilities Management office (across the road from Blue Gum House)
  2. State your name and you are here to check in to Blue Gum House
  3. Present Photo ID (e.g. driver license, Student Card or passport) to the staff so they can verify you
  4. You will then be issued with your keys in a labelled envelope that  will tell you your room number.

If you need a refresh on everything you need to organise prior to moving on campus, visit our Move In page.

Unfortunately guests will not be able to join you in the check-in process. We ask that any person travelling with you, waits in the car and does not enter Student Living.


When is your move in day?

Barahineban, Blue Gum House, Edwards Hall Self-Catered Monday 20 July 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
East Residence and Evatt House Tuesday 21 July 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
International House and South Residence Wednesday 22 July 2020, 10:00am -  4:00pm
North and West Residence Thursday 23 July 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are an International student (not currently in Australia) awaiting travel advice and further information regarding the continuation of your studies, we ask that you carefully consider accepting an accommodation offer for Semester 2. If you accept your offer at this time and then cancel, the standard accommodation termination fee of up to four weeks of room fees, may apply.

Under current industry guidelines, we are unable to process any new applications for on-campus accommodation this year. We are following a staged occupancy approach and prioritising the accommodation applications of residents who have previously lived on campus in 2020. If you are interested in living on campus, you can register an account on the Student Living accommodation portal, so we can keep you informed about any updates regarding the application process.

The community levy will be reduced for the remainder of the year. There will still be a cost, so we can continue to provide student support, small-scale Student Living-led activities and our weekly sporting competition.

Here is a detailed summary of services and programs the community levy will supply:

  • The Student Living Support team, made up of Residential Mentors who provide ongoing support for all residents and run the portfolios academic, community, sustainability, health and wellbeing and leader’s portfolio, Student Living support Coordinators, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, After Hours Duty Officers, Customer Service Support.
  • Training and support for Residential Mentors and Association Executive;
  • Weekly study sessions in your residence;
  • Health and Wellbeing counselling sessions, support for issues impacting your study (support letters) and exam and study stress support;
  • The After Hours Crisis Line;
  • Weekly sporting programs including touch football, basketball and soccer;
  • Support for Associations to run small scale activities;
  • Academic Breakfast to celebrate our academic high achievers;
  • Student Living led small-scale community engagement activities.

Subject to industry safety recommendations, Summer Stay will go ahead this year. Application details will be communicated via the Student Living website and on our Facebook and Instagram.

Our ResChallenge program will be replaced with smaller scale activities including weekly sport and will adhere to social distancing guidelines. More information on sport is to come.

In line with industry guidelines, we will keep high-risk areas closed until the end of the year. We have made this decision based on the current recommendations. The occupancy in ten-share living spaces is determined based on the size/configuration of the share, and the amount of bathrooms in the share. Rooms will be allocated so only two residents are sharing a bathroom where possible.

Additional residents may move into your living space. Please consolidate your kitchen and bathroom belongings to labelled shelves or cupboards. ‘Keep Me’ stickers are available at the Student Living office for you to label shelves and cupboards containing the items you wish to keep. Please support our maintenance staff (and your new roomies!) by disposing of fridge and bathroom items that are no longer being used. You can find some handy cleaning roster templates under resources on our web page, along with our Housemate Handbook.

In the wake of COVID19, we’ve changed many of our operations at Student Living.

We will continue to support you and your academic success here at the University of Newcastle with the below restrictions in place for Semester 2, 2020.

Semester 2 restrictions and changes:

  • Student Living will remain at reduced occupancy. A reduced number of residents will share bathrooms.
  • We will endeavour to offer returning 2020 residents their original living space. It’s important to note there have been many changes in the time since you have moved off campus, and this may not be possible in every circumstance. If you are allocated a different living space, you will not incur a rent increase.
  • Our ResChallenge program will look different in Semester 2 and we have cancelled our intercollegiate activities for 2020.
  • Student Living will not host association events.
  • No registered guests are permitted at Student Living in Semester 2.
  • Common rooms will remain closed. Some study spaces will be available for use.
  • Dining Hall will remain as a takeaway meal service only.
  • Edwards Hall will not reopen in Semester 2.