International students

If you are planning on studying at UNSW or have been accepted to study at UNSW then there is a lot to think about before you arrive in Australia. Here you will find information about what you might need to consider.

Student Development International strongly recommends you arrive at least two weeks before university starts. This will allow you time to prepare for all your essential needs such as accommodation, banking and enrolment.

If you are an international student and under 18 years of age then you will need to consider further things when it comes to your accommodation and welfare. There are also some great FAQs for students and some FAQs for your parents or custodians.

International Students Checklist

  • Planning your arrival

    Student Development International (SDI) strongly recommends you arrive at least two weeks before university starts. This will allow time for you to organise yourself (accommodation, banking, enrolment) and to attend the International Student Briefing Day and Orientation week.

    Safety and wellbeing tutorial

    We want you to have a great time while you're here. To ensure you remain safe and well during your time at UNSW the new Online Safety and Wellbeing Tutorial covers a lot of important information.

  • Housing and accommodation

    If you are an international student then Student Development International has a range of services available to you, from the time you arrive through to your graduation. These programs and activities are aimed at creating a student experience that is personally inspiring and culturally enriching for students visiting from overseas.

    For Student Accommodation, find out about:

  • Living costs

    Every city around the world is different. Here you can get an understanding of what Sydney is like, the cost of living and also some handy transport tips including discount travel passes for students.

  • Book your airport pickup

    UNSW Student Development International (SDI) organises an airport pickup service for newly arriving international students commencing their programs. You can book your pickup service here.

    If you require assistance, visit the International Student Airport Welcome Desk located in Arrivals Hall A at Sydney Airport. The desk is open 7am-11am and 6pm-10pm, 7 days a week during semester intakes and weekends at other periods

    Look for them when you arrive in Sydney - here is a map of where the stall will be located.

  • Visit the SDI Welcome Centre

    From the moment you arrive we want you to feel welcome in Australia and at UNSW. At the Welcome Centre you will be greeted and given lots of information about settling into Australia. We also encourage you to download and read My Guide An International Student Guide to UNSW Australia.

    The Welcome Centre is located on the Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building on Kensington Campus.

  • Register for the International Student Briefing Day

    The International Student Briefing Day is designed to introduce you to studying at UNSW and to provide you with a practical experience of attending lectures and learning in Australia.

    It is highly recommended that all international students attend this one day briefing session. Click here for more information and to register.

  • Attend arrival workshops

    UNSW Student Development-International (SDI) run arrival workshops for newly arrived international students to help you to learn the essentials of living and studying in a new country.

  • Meet with other students and Alumni

    Getting used to a new culture and a new study environment can be daunting. At UNSW, we have some peer support programs to assist you to settle in to your new way of life. You might like to find out about our Alumni Host Program or our Cultural Mentoring Program.

  • Disability support

    If you have a disability and need some extra assistance, we have a range of support services that can help you. You can find out all the information you need to know about disability support before you leave home.

  • Safety and wellbeing tutorial

    As international students, we know you are integral to UNSW and we want you to have a great time while you're here. To ensure you remain safe and well during your time at UNSW the new Online Safety and Wellbeing Tutorial covers a lot of important information.

  • UNSW Essentials Modules

    UNSW Essentials is a series of online modules that have been created to assist your transition to UNSW. The modules cover everything you need to know about studying at UNSW, from planning your arrival, to managing your studies and preparing for exams. UNSW Essentials gives you the flexibility to access information when you need it. Complete the UNSW Essentials modules now.