Campus and services

Campus life

Our campuses are a rich, bustling hive of activity where there is always something going on. University life means so much more than coming just for classes and there are a range of other facilities and services right at your finger tips to use while you are here.

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 over 1700 beds

We have nine residences across our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses with space for over 1700 residents. Our Newcastle campus at Callaghan has 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:

Childcare

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

We 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 Sprout Cafe, 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.

Gyms

Our gym at the Forum on Newcastle campus is state of the art. This fully equipped gym offers 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. This facility also offers the second highest climbing wall in Australia, as well as child minding and a café. 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.

UON 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

Location
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 brendan.steel@campustravel.com.au.

Commonwealth Bank

Location
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
Email: bch2831@cba.com.au

Newcastle University Post Office

Location
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

Location

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

Location
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

Location
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

Location
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: uon@uni-print.com.au or Facebook

40,206 students from 122 countries

A groups of students speaking to a teacherUON 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 UON.

Campus shuttle buses

Free shuttle buses are a great way to get to and from or around campus. We have the following options available:

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.

MyUON app

All of our shuttle buses can be tracked in real time with the MyUON app. You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for free.

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, on the Central Coast and in Port Macquarie. 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 bike hubs at Newcastle Callaghan campus and one at our City campus. These modern bike hubs offer:

  • secure bike storage
  • secure lockers for cycling equipment
  • shower facilities
  • workspace

Newsagents and book shops

The School Locker at Callaghan and Retail Hub at Ourimbah have your textbook and course materials covered, along with stationery, lab coats, technology and more.

Support and services

We offer a range of support systems and services to help you at the University of Newcastle. We help you get into the degree you want.

When you are here we provide all the support you need to get great results and balance study, work, family and social commitments. When you are finished we have programs to help you get a job or embark on further study.

Student Central locations

Student Central are your first port of call for getting information about your degree, completing online forms, getting a parking permit or getting help with a uni issue. You can also access the internet or catch up with friends in the café. Student Central are located at most of our main campuses.

Free legal advice

A Law student ready to offer adviceOur University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) is both a community legal service and a teaching facility for law students. Free legal advice is offered to students at both Newcastle and Central Coast campuses during University semesters.

Career guidance and advice

A student with a careers adviserOur Careers Service is a great way for you to access free information and advice about careers, study and employment.

Careers counsellors are available to help with the critical things employers are looking for such as a well-prepared résumé and a great cover letter. They will also provide you with information about potential employers, salary, labour markets and professional association contacts.

The service has connections with thousands of potential employers and last year advertised approximately 1,700 job vacancies to students and graduates.

UON Peer Mentors

A student mentoring another studentUON Peer Mentors are current students that are eager to help you adjust to uni life, get to know your campus, find the right support services for you, and generally share their own experiences.

New students can have access to a UON Peer Mentor to help with the transition to university study.

Mentors will be available to help you through the orientation period and for the first six weeks of semester until you settle in.

Find out how to request a UON Peer Mentor.

Orientation

A group of students during orientationOrientation is a great opportunity for you to discover campus life, explore the campus and meet staff and students. During Orientation we offer a wide range of information sessions, tours, academic workshops and social activities to help you connect with your new community. Have a look at the New Students section for more information.

Programs to build skills

We provide a range of programs to build your skills and knowledge or give you that boost to get a great mark or pass a difficult course. Some of the options on offer include:

Bridging and refresher coursesUniversity Preparation Program UPP

NUPrep offers FREE academic preparation and support for all University of Newcastle students in the weeks leading up to each Semester.

Our courses will introduce you to learning content and completing assessment items in a similar format to your Undergraduate or Enabling Pathways program. We offer two NUPrep options:

Check out our NUPrep page to see what might be useful for you.

Peer assisted study programs

Get practical study help from current students with our peer assisted study sessions (PASS). The program involves one hour weekly review sessions for you to compare notes, discuss difficult concepts and review weekly material with other students. These sessions are run by a student PASS Leader who previously achieved excellent results in the particular courses (subjects) you are studying.

Essay and exam help

Getting used to writing essays and sitting exams at university can be a bit of an adjustment. Our Centre for Teaching and Learning provides self-help resources, drop-in clinics, workshops and student consultations to help you out with anything academic. You can even email a draft of your essay to one of the qualified learning advisers to provide feedback in terms of structure and trends.

Help is also provided for more general study skills like referencing and study techniques.

Programs to build English and maths skills

We offer programs to help students build basic English and mathematics skills. We also have diagnostic tests to measure your level and determine where you need to improve.

Entry help and adjustment points (previously called bonus points)

If you are keen to study an undergraduate degree at UON, we have several entry help and adjustment points schemes to help you.

Male student wearing a brown jacket on campus, outside.

Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

In 2021, our Schools Recommendations Scheme offers early entry and guaranteed accommodation and scholarship opportunities for eligible students.

You can apply for early entry based on your Year 11 results and recommendations from your school through the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS). The SRS is available for all undergraduate degrees, excluding B Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine and B Midwifery.

To be considered under the SRS you need to submit an SRS application via UAC, along with your standard UAC admission application prior to September 20. To give yourself the best chance of an early offer, list the University of Newcastle as your first preference by midnight on November 08, 2020.

This scheme is only available to 2020 Senior Secondary (e.g. HSC) applicants.

More information, including selection criteria, application instructions, and key dates are available on the UAC SRS Page.

Year 12 Subject Spotlight Early Offer Program

Your ATAR is important, but it isn’t all that matters. This program rewards students who have excelled in one or more HSC subjects related to your degree with an early offer. For your best chance of getting in, just make sure you list the University of Newcastle as your first preference in UAC, no additional application required. Find out more about the Year 12 Subject Spotlight Program.

This scheme is available to Recent School Leaver applicants.

A young female student at a computer

Year 12 Adjustment Scheme

Our Year 12 Adjustment Scheme rewards high achieving students. Depending on the degree you choose, you may be awarded up to four adjustment points for your HSC results in particular subjects. For example, if you achieve a Band 5 in Mathematics Advanced and you are applying for an E ngineering degree, you will be awarded two adjustment points as maths is an important component of this degree.

There is no separate application for this scheme.

Find out which HSC subjects and band levels are attracting adjustment points (PDF, 216 KB).

Recent school leaver applicants can be considered under this scheme.

A male student holding a bag at university

Regional and Rural adjustment points scheme

HSC students who go to schools in selected postcodes are awarded five adjustment points. You don't need to apply for this one – apply for your preferred degrees through UAC and the points are automatically added to your rank.

See which postcodes attract adjustment points.

Recent school leaver applicants can be considered under this scheme.


If you don't have the marks to get into your chosen degree you can complete an alternative entry pathway such as Newstep, Open Foundation or Yapug.

Chaplaincy service

A female student at UONWe have chaplaincy services at both the Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Chaplains offer compassionate help in all situations and support the spiritual life of the University. Chaplains are experienced, credentialed, religious-workers who are authorised by their faith tradition to provide support and guidance. Our chaplains also have roles in their church communities and in the wider community off-campus. Things they help students with include pastoral care, life decisions, conflict resolution and general spiritual guidance. They also offer Justice of the Peace services.

Financial help

An Exercise Science student at UONWe provide a range of scholarships to help you with the costs of university study. Our scholarships range from $500 right through to $15,000 per year. A scholarship can help with all kinds of study costs including textbooks, fees, accommodation and living expenses.

We also offer a Student Loans Scheme to provide interest-free emergency loans. These loans are offered on a short-term basis to students who demonstrate genuine need and whose continued study might be placed in jeopardy if assistance were not available. For more information about costs see Financial Assistance.

7 state of the art libraries

The Library on our Central Coast Ourimbah campusOur seven state of the art libraries are designed to be spaces where you can learn, research, explore and create.

No matter what you study or at which campus, you will have access to more than 1.3 million items including 380,000 books and eBooks and over 80,000 electronic journals. 

You can also make requests for information via SMS, email or phone 24 hours a day. This means you can tailor your study to fit with your life and work at any time of day.

Our libraries also have great informal work areas called information commons where can you meet friends, collaborate, prepare for exams and finish assignments. These bright, lounge-style learning spaces are at Newcastle City precinct, Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. The commons are equipped with computers, individual work spaces, laptop and printing facilities, lounge areas and cafes, as well as staff on hand if you need help.

Indigenous engagement

A group of Indigenous studentsWe have been at the forefront of Indigenous education for 25 years, actively supporting the aspirations of Indigenous people through study and employment opportunities.

Apart from the Yapug program to help Indigenous students gain entry into university, we have a range of programs to assist Indigenous students while studying at UON. We offer:

Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS)

The Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme provides qualified tutors to help Indigenous students with their studies, whether it be essay writing skills or any other relevant areas of study.

Scholarships and accommodation

Wollotuka provides assistance to both prospective and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in seeking and applying for scholarships and accommodation, both within and outside of UON.

Success and Leadership Program

This program encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly final-year students, to develop attributes that will enhance employment opportunities after graduation. The Wollotuka Institute provides financial support for students to attend local, national and international conferences as well as short-term study abroad programs, overseas student exchange programs and workshops.


For more information about Indigenous engagement see The Wollotuka Institute.

Disability support

A male student at UONGet information and support if you have a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition.

Our disability support staff (called Health and Welfare Advisers) offer practical support and advice to students with a disability including lecture and assessment alterations, exam adjustments, library support, materials and equipment and mobility around campus.

See the Current students web pages or email us to find out more about this service.

Health and welfare advisers

A group of students chattingOur Health and Welfare Advisers are on hand to assist and connect you to the right people for a range of issues while you are at university including disability support and student loans.

These advisers can also link you with a counsellor to discuss any personal or study-related issues. This service is free and confidential and you can choose to have your session face to face or through online counselling 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.