The University of Newcastle, Australia

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 1,800 beds

One of our on-campus residencesWe have nine residential colleges across our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Newcastle campus offers space for 1,800 students with the residential colleges of:

  • Edwards Hall
  • International House
  • Evatt House
  • Barahineban
  • four new residential colleges (North, South, East and West).

Blue Gum House is the residential college at Central Coast campus and offers 26 rooms.

Each college 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 UON 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 we have three bars to choose from. If you are at Newcastle campus at Callaghan you can visit the Bar on the Hill or the Godfrey Tanner Bar. At the Central Coast campus you can visit the Café Bar.

The Bar on the Hill is a renowned live music venue 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, the Beautiful Girls, 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 options including Subway and Gloria Jeans. Our information commons in the libraries offer coffee, snacks and lunches. Our bars at Newcastle and Central Coast campus offer great pub meals at affordable prices.

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 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.

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

Co-op Bookshop

Shortland Building, Callaghan

Opening Hours
Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm with extended hours at the beginning of each semester (check Co-op website for the most up-to-date trading hours).

The Co-op was founded by students in 1958 at the University of Sydney. Today, it is Australia's largest Member-owned retailer, with more than 1.9 million Members! Not only is it the leading campus provider of educational, professional and learning resources, it has a wide range of product choices including the latest tech gear, games and software as well as pop culture, travel accessories and more. Co-op Membership is for life, and all Members receive discounts of up to 50% on everything in-store and online.

For more information about the Co-op visit their website or phone 0455 404 873

UON 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

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.

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

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

Shuttle to Newcastle City campus

If you are studying at Newcastle City campus then you can take advantage of our park and ride shuttle service from Callaghan campus. It is free and takes the hassle out of finding a park in the city. 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, 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 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.

Newsagents and book shops

A student in our bookshopThe Callaghan Newsagency at Newcastle campus has a range of newspapers, magazines and stationery.

The Co-Op Bookshop at Newcastle and Central Coast campus has all your text book needs, as well as a range of fiction and non-fiction books, tech gear and more.