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Find out more about your new coastal home, including the best beaches, the closest shopping centres, nightlife and smoking in NSW.

Newcastle (Callaghan)

Newcastle may only be 1/10th the size of Sydney, but it certainly punches well above its weight. Known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle, diverse nightlife and award-winning dining and arts culture, Newcastle is perfect for residents seeking a city vibe that isn't overwhelming.

The University of Newcastle is 20 minutes by car from both Westfield Kotara and Charlestown Square, the two main shopping centres in Newcastle. At these centres you can find movie theatres, restaurants, beauty and hair services and heaps of retail options.

Local Australian designers also showcase their clothes in the Hunter Street Mall and at local markets, like Hunt and Gather, on weekends.

Newcastle is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Australia and they're not far from Student Living. Nobby's Beach, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach and Merewether Beach are all located 20 minutes away from Callaghan by car, but they can also be accessed by bus. Redhead Beach is also 20 minutes away by car, but is closer to Charlestown than Newcastle city centre. Redhead is also accessible via bus.

Newcastle and Merewether Ocean Baths are also a good alternative if you don't feel like facing the waves but you still want to swim in some salt water. The Bogie Hole is an iconic Newcastle attraction that is located near King Edward Park and between Newcastle and Bar beaches.

You must be 18 years old to enter all licenced premises and you will need to provide photo ID at most places to enter or purchase alcohol. Student cards are not accepted as ID in Australian venues but passports, driver's licences or photo identification cards will be accepted.

On-campus, the Bar on the Hill or Godfrey Tanner Bar are popular places to hang out with friends. Off-campus, King Street HotelThe ArgyleThe Green Roof and Finnegans Hotel are all popular clubs for students to have a dance!

Lockout is at 1:30am in NSW and this means you cannot enter a venue after this time. Lights are on and venues close at 3am, some venues may close at midnight or 1am due to local liquor licensing restrictions.

Under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016, smoking is banned in NSW in all enclosed public places (including shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, trains and buses) and certain outdoor public areas (including commercial outdoor dining areas, public swimming pools and public transport stops and platforms).

These bans protect people from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Campus Wildlife

Our Callaghan campus is situated in a beautiful bushland environment. That means that there is a lot of natural wildlife around the campus that you should be aware of. At Callaghan, it is possible at times to encounter native wildlife such as snakes, goannas, spiders or other animals such as unaccompanied dogs and foxes.

Do not approach the snake or other wildlife, which may move away by itself if noise is made or it senses human presence. If you encounter wildlife or an animal that you think may pose a risk to others, then you can call Security on (02) 4921 5888.

Mosquitos

You are also likely to encounter mosquitoes during your time at the University. Mosquitoes are most active during the warmer months, particularly during summer and early autumn. You will also notice more mosquitoes at dawn, dusk and after periods of rainfall.

Mosquito bites are generally not painful and usually will cause an itchy, inflamed bite which lasts a few days following a bite. Generally mosquito bites are not harmful, however some mosquitos can carry diseases which are harmful to humans. There are a number of simple precautions you can take to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, for example, wearing insect repellant which contacts DEET or Picaridin on exposed skin, and wearing loose fitting clothing which cover your arms and legs, especially when outside.

Insect repellent is available at the West Tower office.

To get to know more about Newcastle and see what's on in the Hunter Region, take a look at these useful links:


Central Coast (Ourimbah)

Like Newcastle, the Central Coast is situated in between spectacular coastline and lush bushlands and is known for its easygoing way of life. Located halfway between Sydney and Newcastle, the Central Coast is home to multiple beaches, scenic nature parks and an array of shopping and food options.

Westfield Tuggerah and Erina Fair shopping centres are located 20 minutes away from Ourimbah by car and offer a wide range of shopping and food outlets. To get to Tuggerah or Erina Fair, you can also take the train or a public bus.

The closest beaches to the Central Coast campus include The Entrance, Avoca Beach and Terrigal Beach. Public transport is available to take you there or you can travel by car.

The Sunken Monkey is located in Erina and is a popular nightclub on the Central Coast. The nightclub runs every Wednesday and Friday night with special Saturday night events every so often. Tall Timbers Hotel is open late every night and offers cheap meals and drinks.

There is also a wide selection of pubs and clubs in nearby Terrigal.

Under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016, smoking is banned in NSW in all enclosed public places (including shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, trains and buses) and certain outdoor public areas (including commercial outdoor dining areas, public swimming pools and public transport stops and platforms).

These bans protect people from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Campus Wildlife

Our Central Coast campus is situated in a beautiful bushland environment. That means that there is a lot of natural wildlife around the campus that you should be aware of. On our bushland campus it is possible at times to encounter native wildlife such as snakes, goannas, spiders or other animals such as unaccompanied dogs and foxes.

Do not approach the snake or other wildlife, which may move away by itself if noise is made or it senses human presence. If you encounter wildlife or an animal that you think may pose a risk to others, then you can call Security on (02) 4348 4222.

Mosquitos

You are also likely to encounter mosquitoes during your time at the University. Mosquitoes are most active during the warmer months, particularly during summer and early autumn. You will also notice more mosquitoes at dawn, dusk and after periods of rainfall.

Mosquito bites are generally not painful and usually will cause an itchy, inflamed bite which lasts a few days following a bite. Generally mosquito bites are not harmful, however some mosquitos can carry diseases which are harmful to humans. There are a number of simple precautions you can take to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, for example, wearing insect repellant which contacts DEET or Picaridin on exposed skin, and wearing loose fitting clothing which cover your arms and legs, especially when outside.

To find out more about the Central Coast and to see what's on, take a look at these links:

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.