Preparing for life
at The University of
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO DO
Before Leaving Home:
Apply for passport
Arrange Student Visa
Arrange for immunisations and/or
medication from doctor
Have your eyes tested and a dental
Apply for a credit card and/or arrange
Confirm overseas access to your funds
with your home bank
Make travel arrangements and purchase
Arrange accommodation (on campus,
off campus, temporary accommodation)
Arrange transport from airport to
newcastle.edu.au of travel details
Pack bags being sure to include the
■ This Handbook!
■ Important phone numbers and
addresses – International Student
Support, University Security and
your accommodation provider.
■ Enough Australian currency for
initial needs – food, phone calls,
■ Passport (plus a photocopy)
■ Letter of Offer and eCoE
■ Certified copies of qualifications
■ Travel insurance policy and 24/7
phone number (should you
■ ID cards, Drivers License,
Birth Certificate (or certified copy)
NOTE: Make sure you leave any
originals or copies of these documents
safely with family in your home country
in case of loss.
Living in NEWCASTLE or the CENTRAL COAST
A lively port city on a breathtaking stretch of Australia’s coastline, Newcastle boasts wonderful
beaches, a low cost of living, a very favourable climate, a casual lifestyle, and it’s not far from
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales.
Its population of 350,000 supports a thriving business and commercial sector and an excellent
network of leading health care and educational facilities. Newcastle offers all the usual city
comforts, such as restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries, shopping centres
Newcastle is also a popular tourist destination. A few kilometres south of the city is Australia’s
largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, scene of many national and international sailing events.
Less than one hour’s drive to the north is the impressive harbour of Port Stephens, a popular
centre for big game fishing, sailing, surfing, and sail-boarding. To the west are the internationally
famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old; and, to the south is
the beauty and beaches of the Central Coast.
Nestled in a valley and with a rainforest creek flowing through it, the Central Coast campus located
at Ourimbah is a living laboratory for environmental sustainability. Health and shopping facilities on
the Central Coast compare favourably with those found in Newcastle and can be accessed via
train or public bus.
The University can accommodate almost 1,000 students on campus.
NOTE: Those wishing to live on campus should make lodgement of their applications
a priority as places are competitively sought and strict timelines apply.
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The University of Newcastle can offer both
on-campus and off-campus accommodation.
When considering accommodation options
you should note that not all programs are
delivered on the University’s main campuses.
If studying at the Newcastle School of
Business; the Centre for Clinical
Epidemiology and Biostatistics; or
TO LIVE Newcastle Conservatorium (Community
Music), you may consider accommodation
options which are located closer to the city
centre, like Hamilton and the beach suburbs of
Newcastle East, Merewether and Cooks Hill.
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If you want to stay close to the Callaghan Students who pre-arrange long term Students living either on or off-campus
campus, you could consider the suburbs of accommodation will generally go straight into can enjoy the social benefits of living with
Mayfield, Waratah, Wallsend and Jesmond. this accommodation when they first arrive. students from all around the world as well
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that Others though, will need to spend some time as with Australians.
Newcastle does not experience heavy traffic in temporary accommodation while they find
conditions, so it is reasonable to find somewhere more permanent to live.
accommodation a little further afield, as there
Do not despair if you are unable to make
are many public transport options available to
long-term accommodation arrangements
get you to your classes on time!
prior to your arrival. Staff in the
Students studying at the Central Coast Accommodation Office and International
campus should make arrangements to Student Support can guide you through
live on the Central Coast. this process when you arrive.
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– WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Whether you have lived independently For full details of online accommodation Other costs for on campus
before or a new comer to the experience, application procedures, please visit: accommodation include:
it will help you to know how things are www.newcastle.edu.au/service/ ■ AUD265 registration and enrolment charge;
done in Australia before you arrive. accommodation/on-campus/howtoapply.html ■ AUD80 orientation fee; and,
The following section of this document has Applications will only be considered ■ AUD400 damages deposit which is
been divided into areas covering various and assessed once the applicant has refundable provided conditions of
accommodation options, including tips on completed the 4-step application process residence are met.
how to live independently. by the set deadline.
If you are having trouble filling in the online
Living on Campus Step 1. Go to: www.newcastle.edu.au/ Application Form then email the Halls staff
The University provides almost 1,000 beds in service/accommodation/on-campus/ and let them know the problem. Incomplete
five residences; Edwards Hall, Evatt House, howtoapply.html and submit an online applications will not be considered.
International House and a motel-type residence Application Form. Please note only one
called Barahineban on the Callaghan Campus application per campus will be accepted.
plus Blue Gum House on the Central Coast NOTE: Application closing dates:
Campus. You can choose between catered, The demand for on-campus accommodation
30 November for Semester 1 intake
semi-catered or self-catered accommodation. is always high and unfortunately there is no
31 May for Semester 2 intake.
guarantee that you will get accommodation
The cost of on-campus accommodation Step 2. Pay the $30 application fee via credit on campus if you apply. We strongly
ranges from AUD133 – AUD245 per week, card or bank draft. recommend that you apply early – your
depending on the type of accommodation application form needs to be submitted
required. On campus residents will be Step 3. From www.newcastle.edu.au/
before the application closing date and well
invoiced once per semester with an option service/accommodation/on-campus/
before you arrive in Newcastle.
of undertaking a payment plan if preferred. howtoapply.html you need to complete an
online Personal Statement Form or download
If you are considering on-campus one in PDF format and then send the
accommodation you should make sure of completed form to the college of first
the location of your program before applying.
Students studying at the Newcastle School of
preference. This is your opportunity to tell the
Halls why you would make a great resident – TIP
Business, the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology so don’t hold back – tell them all about
and Biostatistics or at Newcastle yourself and the great things you can do.
Conservatorium (Community Music) should You should not assume that you have a
consider seeking off-campus accommodation Step 4. Again, from www.newcastle.edu.au/ place reserved on campus unless you
as these programs are delivered away from the service/accommodation/on-campus/ have received confirmation of this from
main campus in the Central Business District howtoapply.html download then submit two the Hall of Residence. Contact details
and some operate under a trimester timetable Referee Report Forms. These forms need to be for the Residential Halls on Campus can
which does not fit the rental contracts offered completed by your selected referees and then be located at the back of this brochure.
in the on-campus accommodation. submitted to your first preference college.
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FOR RENTING OFF-CAMPUS
1. Rental / character reference
2. Bank statement
Living Off-Campus with an average price of $290.00 and the cost Rental Contracts
For students who do not wish to live of a 2 bedroom apartment is between In most cases, the landlord will require the
on-campus, the University offers assistance $AUD170-$AUD500 per week with an tenant to sign a lease. A lease is a written
in finding off-campus accommodation. The average of $250.00 per week. agreement between a tenant and a landlord that
University has a database of off-campus For more information on rental properties describes the responsibilities of each party.
accommodation where you will find a variety through real estate agents go to www.domain. This is a binding legal document that commits
of off-campus options. For information about com.au or www.realestate.com.au the student to a specific period of residency in
accommodation and access to the database
Sharing a house with others the unit.
go to www.newcastle.edu.au/service/
accommodation/off-campus Share accommodation is accommodation Security Deposits/Bond
owned by private providers who are people who The owner or agent of an owner who has the
For general enquires about off-campus
live in the local community or is accommodation right to rent you a property is called the landlord.
accommodation please email:
managed by real estate agents for landlords.
email@example.com A landlord will ask you for money before you
You may be sharing with other students or with move into an apartment. This is called a security
We advise that students arrive at least
the private provider. deposit or bond, and may amount to more than
2 to 3 weeks prior to the start of their studies
if they have not pre-arranged their long term This generally consists of a single room AU$1,000 dollars. The bond is usually set at
accommodation as finding somewhere to live (furnished or unfurnished) in a house or four weeks’ rent. A bond/”security deposit” is an
can be a competitive process. apartment. Facilities and expenses such as amount of money that is supposed to guarantee
rent, electricity, gas, phone and bond are that the tenant will care for the property. If the
Long-term Accommodation tenant does not care for the property or clean it
It is important to consider the full range of costs before leaving, the landlord has a legal right to
and responsibilities when looking for The cost of a room is between $AUD80- keep the security deposit.
somewhere to live. Costs vary greatly $AUD180 per week with the average being
$AUD120 per week. Otherwise, the landlord must return the
depending on the size, condition, and location
security deposit within a month after the tenant
of the house/apartment. You may need to Flatmates leaves.
provide your own furniture, household linen and
kitchen utensils. There are also considerable Flatmates refer to people who live together in the
The Authority charged with holding security
upfront costs such as a bond and connection of same house. The task of choosing a flatmate
deposits in NSW is the Rental Bond Board.
utilities like water, telephone and electricity. needs to be taken very seriously. The person or
More information about Security Deposits/
You should make sure you have ready access persons with whom you decide to live can affect
Bonds can be found at the following website.
to this money to avoid missing out on your the quality and productiveness of your
chosen accommodation. international student experience in Australia. www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/Tenants_and_
When the moment comes for you to make your home_owners/Renting_a_home/Bonds.html
Renting a house/apartment decision concerning flatmates, remember these
Most houses and apartments are available to tips: don’t panic, take your time, and don’t
rent through real estate agents. When renting compromise on important principles.
from real estate agents an application form
must be submitted along with references (in
Things to consider TIP
English) and proof of financial capacity to pay Whether you chose to rent an apartment on
the rent eg bank statement. Most of the your own or share a house with others, the Beware of internet scams when
properties are unfurnished. Before moving in a following issues are likely to apply. paying for accommodation on-line.
lease agreement is signed, usually for a 6 or 12 For more information go to:
month period. The cost of a 3 bedroom house scamwatch.gov.au
ranges from $AUD230-$AUD550 per week
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Property Inspections Inspecting a Potential Property Housekeeping
Most landlords will inspect the property with you It’s a good idea to take notes of each property Food:
on commencement of your tenancy. This is done you inspect. As well as the address, rent, and ■ Do you and your ﬂatmates expect to
with a list of furniture and fittings in each room agent take notes of the details: share the costs of buying food and share
of the property so that the two of you can agree ■ Are there laundry facilities? in the preparation?
on the condition of the property at the ■ Is there a telephone line already connected? ■ Do you have speciﬁc food needs
commencement of the tenancy. You should note
Do the light ﬁttings work? (allergies, preparation needs)?
on this document anything you notice during the ■
inspection that is not already listed, and keep a ■ Is the oven/ stove, gas or electrical?
■ If your needs are for halal and your ﬂatmates
copy that has been signed by both of you. Once are not, can you agree on respecting and
■ Do the toilet and shower all work?
you are the tenant, the condition of these things upholding each other’s needs?
will be your responsibility. The inspection will be
■ Is there damp or mould on the walls?
Personal Habits and Individual Needs:
done again at the end of your tenancy and the ■ Is there painting required?
final condition of the property may determine
■ How much privacy do you need?
■ Is the place furnished?
the return of your full security deposit. What kind of furniture?
■ What hours do you usually sleep? Study?
Relax? Socialise? Shower? Wash clothing?
If this inspection is not suggested, you might ■ What kind of heating/cooling is there?
suggest it yourself as a means of ensuring ■ Is there an insect/ pest problem? Smoking and Drugs:
fair treatment for all parties involved. ■ Do you prefer to have a smoker or
■ Is it close to transport, shops, and campus?
Utilities non-smoker as a ﬂatmate?
■ Will the area be noisy? Is it on a busy road?
Unless someone is already living in the dwelling,
■ Is a smoker alright as long as they
■ Is there good security?
the new tenant must start utility services, such smoke outside the residence?
■ Will the landlord carry out any repairs
as telephone, electricity, and gas. This requires (Many rental agreements will forbid
before you move in?
contacting each individual company and smoking inside the premises)
arranging for the services to be connected from ■ How are repairs made once you live there, ■ Clarify your stance on the use of
a specified date. The companies providing these and who pays?
alcohol and/or illicit substances.
utilities also require a small security deposit. If Bills and Expenses
someone has vacated the property before you, Personality Traits and Communication:
contacting these utility companies for Do you and your flatmates expect to share the ■ How do you perceive yourself?
connection of services will ensure all previous costs of buying toilet paper, cleaning supplies
etc. which are used by everyone?
■ How do others perceive you?
accounts have been finalised and paid for by
the previous tenant.
■ Do you enjoy being around a lot of
If you are answering an advertisement for a
people – or just a few friends?
Restrictions flatmate; what does the rental price cover?
Does it include utilities, or are they split equally
■ Are you more comfortable by yourself?
The lease may contain restrictions, such as when the accounts are due? Who will pay them ■ What about overnight visitors?
not permitting animals or children to live in and how will you all know they have been paid?
the dwelling. Ask the landlord about his/her
■ When conﬂicts arise, how do you go
particular requirements. Make sure that you A small notebook which is signed by everyone about resolving them?
know and understand these restrictions who hands over their share of the costs and ■ How do you behave when you’re
before signing the lease. If you do not obey signed by the person the money is given to, happy – angry? What are the things
the restrictions on the lease, the landlord can is a good idea. that bother you most?
ask you to leave.
Please keep in mind that not everyone can be
trusted! Follow your instincts and do not share
with someone you do not trust.
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Cleaning Smoke Alarms
Some international students who come to
Australia have never had the need to do their
Smoke alarms are devices that detect smoke
and sound an alarm. Smoke alarms alert and TIP
own shopping, cooking, and housecleaning. If wake people allowing valuable time to get out
these activities are new to you, you will need of a house during a fire. When you go to sleep,
Flies, mosquitoes and cockroaches
to understand that in Australia unless you your sense of smell also goes to sleep. If there
are more active in the summer
choose to hire someone from a home is a fire, toxic fumes may overcome you before
months. Wear insect repellent and
services company to do some of these things you wake up. For your protection, a smoke
clear away food scraps.
for you; these are the responsibility of each alarm must be installed in your home.
individual and are a sign of personal
ONLY WORKING SMOKE
independence and becoming an adult. Most
ALARMS SAVE LIVES!
Australians, especially landlords and rental
agencies, believe it is very important for one’s Once a month you should check the battery by
living environment to be kept clean. Our pressing the test button on the smoke alarm. If
concern for cleanliness is evident when you you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom
visit the supermarket, where many varieties of handle to press the test button. Keep them
cleaning products are sold. clean. Dust and debris can interfere with their
operation, so vacuum over and around your
Disposal of Rubbish
smoke alarm regularly. Replace the batteries
Because insects such as ants and flies can be yearly. Pick a public holiday or your birthday and
a problem, it is important for tenants to empty replace the batteries each year on that day.
their rubbish every one to two days into the
wheelie bins provided outside your When the battery is low the smoke alarm will
accommodation. You will then put the wheelie sound a short ‘BEEP’ every minute or so.
bin/s out on the footpath once a week to be This is to alert you the battery is low and needs
collected by council rubbish trucks. The replacing. If cooking and smoke sets off the
landlord can tell you about the way to dispose alarm, do not disable it. Turn on the range fan,
of garbage particularly with regards to open a window or wave a towel near the alarm.
recycling and the days your rubbish is collected. Do not remove the batteries from your
Maintenance, Fixtures and Fittings smoke alarm or cover your smoke alarm to
prevent it from operating.
You will be expected to replace light globes and
keep fittings in your accommodation clean. If (Source: Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Melbourne)
repairs or maintenance are required for
example; a blocked toilet, the landlord should
be consulted at the time. Generally, repairs will
be the responsibility of the owner/landlord,
unless caused by misuse of the item by the
tenant or their visitors.
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WHERE TO LIVE IN
Newcastle is Australia’s second oldest
city; the second largest city in New South
Wales and the sixth largest in Australia.
Recent years have seen growth in the
number of apartment blocks in the inner
Beach and City Living – Newcastle
If you want to live near the beach (even though
it is 30 minutes by bus from the Callaghan
Campus), the suburbs to look at are:
These suburbs are near the beaches, are close
to or in the city of Newcastle, and are within
walking distance of Darby Street, known for its
many cafes and restaurants. Shopping Centres
in this district include Market Town (Newcastle
city and a spread of suburbs to the west West) and Junction Fair (The Junction).
and south of the city. The Callaghan ■ Bar Beach
Maryville, Wickham and Carrington are within
Campus is located to the west of the city ■ Cooks Hill
the new Honeysuckle Development area,
and the Newcastle School of Business, Newcastle
which is within cycling or walking distance of
Newcastle Conservatorium (Community
■ Newcastle East the city (approximately 20 to 25 minute walk to
Music) and the Centre for Clinical
The Junction centre of the city).
Epidemiology and Biostatistics are ■
nested close to the coast on the eastern ■ The Hill
side of the city.
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Most of the above suburbs are within cycling Shopping centres which are convenient Living by the Lake
or walking distance of the City Campus to these suburbs include: Mayfield, Another option for you to consider is living in
(Newcastle School of Business) and are Waratah Village, Stockland Jesmond the suburbs around Lake Macquarie. There is a
close to train stations with connections to and Wallsend Plaza. good bus service from such areas as
the Callaghan Campus. Charlestown (11 km from Callaghan Campus)
Wallsend, Lambton, Broadmeadow,
Hamilton is another popular suburb Adamstown and Kotara are also suburbs which and Warners Bay (13 km from Callaghan
and is halfway between the beaches have good public transport and are not too far Campus), and if you have a car it is only ten
and the University. from either the City or Callaghan campuses. minutes to the beaches and the lake. However,
this may not be the area of choice for some
Beaumont Street in Hamilton is popular The University Accommodation office can students as it is not close to the “hub” for those
because it is very cosmopolitan and has assist you with finding a place to live. Go to: who enjoy the night life.
many restaurants. There are two www.newcastle.edu.au/service/
supermarkets in Hamilton, IGA and Aldi. accommodation/index.html Find Out More
NOTE: Maps of Newcastle can be found
Which suburbs are near to the
Suburbs within reasonable walking or cycling
distance of Callaghan Campus include:
TIP There are many other suburbs within the
Newcastle area which might suit your
It’s important to realise that Newcastle requirements, so if possible you should come to
■ Birmingham Gardens visit the area before making a decision. You can
does not generally have heavy traffic
■ Shortland problems, so some areas a little also find out more information about where
■ North Lambton further afield are perfectly suitable. suburbs are located in Newcastle, including
There are several public transport maps and directions, using the websites: www.
■ Mayﬁeld whereis.com and www.visitnewcastle.com.au
options available, so you won’t need
■ Georgetown to worry too much about making your
■ Waratah classes on time!
■ Waratah West
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WHERE TO LIVE ON THE
CENTRAL COAST Most of the regions in Australia are very spread out. Although there is public
transport, many local people living on the Central Coast rely on a car to get around
more easily. Many students, who are looking for somewhere to live not too far from
the campus, choose either Gosford or Tuggerah. The trains stop more often at these
areas and they have major shopping centres. Some students do live at Ourimbah;
where the campus is located, but there are no major shops and the trains stop less
often at Ourimbah.
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Most students get to the Central Coast wellknown Australian musicians and artists live Find out More
campus by train and then it is about a 10-15 on the Central Coast because it is not too far See map from this website: www.cctourism.
minute walk from the train station to the from Sydney. Environmentally, the Central com.au/dyncontent.cfm?MenuId=351
campus. To give you some idea, it is Coast is also very beautiful.
considered that you are living close to the There are other suburbs around the campus
The campus is situated in the suburb of that might suit your requirements so it is
campus if it takes you between 15-20
Ourimbah and surrounding suburbs close important to visit the area or stay in temporary
minutes to get there.
to shopping centres and transport are: accommodation before making a final
A lot of students live about 25 to 30 minutes ■ Gosford decision about where to live.
away from the campus (unless they live in the (about 10 minutes by train to Ourimbah)
on-campus residence). Although the beaches You can find out more information about
■ Tuggerah where suburbs are located on the Central
are reasonably close by car (maybe 15-25
(about 5 minutes by train to Ourimbah) Coast, including maps and directions, using
minutes drive), it takes about 45 minutes to
one hour to get to a beach by public transport. ■ Wyong the website: www.whereis.com and www.
(about 10 minutes by train to Ourimbah) cctourism.com.au
However, it is easy to get to Sydney from the
Central Coast. It is about one hour by train. Other locations that are between The University Accommodation office can
5 and 15 minutes from the campus are: assist you with finding a place to live. Go to:
Sydney has more employment opportunities www.newcastle.edu.au/service/
as well as lots of activities and nightlife. accommodation/index.html
Although the Central Coast may seem very ■ Niagara Park
quiet, it has many diverse theatre and music
groups, as well as a great range of mainstream
and independent cinemas. Quite a few
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Are you wanting to experience the Australian What Can I Expect? ■ 21 meals per week. This generally
way of life first hand, and willing to try new Australian families may be different from the includes packed lunches during weekday
things? Why not try Homestay? Homestay is a family you have been used to in your home
great way to learn about Australian culture and
■ Inclusion in family activities, outings
country. In Australia, people who care for each and special events.
to practice your English, while making life long other and live together in one house may be
friendships with an Australian family. If you are considered to be a family, so an Australian
■ Students who choose Homestay
an easy going person who enjoys meeting new family may be: accommodation are transferred
people and can easily adapt to new directly to their Homestay provider
■ A couple with no children on arrival in Newcastle.
environments, then why not try Homestay?
■ A single person
What is Homestay? Cost
■ A couple with children
Homestay allows you to live as an active There is a $195.00 administration fee
■ A single person with children charged for each Homestay placement ,
member of an Australian family, and is a
popular choice of accommodation. All families ■ An older couple whose family has which is to be paid to the University Cashier
who offer Homestay accommodation have grown and moved away within two weeks of arrival.
been approved as Homestay providers by When you are considering Homestay, The Homestay accommodation fee is $200
University staff. As a member of a Homestay remember you will be coming to live with a for all meals, or $185 for 16 meals (no lunches
family you will experience Australian culture in family which has customs, habits and rules. It is Monday – Friday). You must pay for 2 weeks
the home. It is expected that as a Homestay important that you understand and accept how ($400) on arrival. This is non-refundable. You
student you will remain in Homestay for a the family operates. It is not like living in your should prepare to stay at least 4 weeks in
minimum of four weeks. own home or in a hotel. your Homestay.
In that time, you will experience the warm You may find your host family’s house looks After this time you can negotiate to stay longer
hospitality of our Homestay families, who will very different from your own, your room is larger or arrange alternative accommodation.
welcome you into their home as a gesture of or smaller than you had imagined, and family
friendship. Just as you are eager to learn about members relate differently to each other. All How Can I Apply?
Australian culture, our Homestay families are these things make Homestay a unique and To apply download the Homestay
looking forward to learning all about your special experience. Application Form at:
country and culture. If you have a problem, try to talk to your www.newcastle.edu.au/students/
Homestay family about it. They will want to help international/student-support/arrival/
you resolve any issues quickly before they homestay.html
become major problems. Email or Fax the Application Form
What Will I Be Provided With? to the Homestay Coordinator:
Your Homestay host will provide you with T +61 2 4921 6812
the following: F +61 2 4921 7016
■ Your own furnished bedroom. All W www.newcastle.edu.au/students/
Homestay properties have been inspected international/student-support/arrival/
and approved by the Homestay Co- homestay.html
■ You will probably share a bathroom and
laundry facilities with the host family.
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Students who are unable to organise
long term accommodation prior to
arriving in Newcastle generally
Recommended options have been selected for
the following reasons:
■ The proximity of the accommodation to
Services and facilities vary across
accommodation options. Higher price options
generally offer you greater quality and a wider
choose to stay somewhere temporarily shops, restaurants, cafes or supermarkets. range of facilities and services. To gain
(approximately 3 – 10 days) while they maximum value for money, you may wish to
■ The proximity of the accommodation in
source more permanent housing. For consider sharing a room in a moderate or
relation to public transport that connects
these students, we have put together higher priced option or asking for a weekly rate.
to the university.
a list of temporary accommodation
Value for money. Most accommodation providers require credit
to suit student needs and more ■
card details to secure your booking and we
importantly student budgets! ■ The services and facilities on offer.
therefore recommend you make your
reservations directly with the provider.
au if you need help with this.)
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Cost per guest per night is ■ Backpackers Newcastle www.
approximately $25 – $35. newcastlebackpackers.com is an
These prices require students to share a room established backpackers situated in
with 1 – 7 others, with lockable bathrooms multicultural Hamilton and is close to
located on hallways. Bed linen is provided cafes, shops and bars. It is approximately
which is usually included in the price, and we 15 minutes by train or 30 minutes by bus
advise you to bring your own towels. In to the Callaghan Campus
Australia, we call this style of accommodation ■ Backpackers by the Beach www.
a ‘Backpacker’ or a ‘hostel’. backpackersbythebeach.com* is close
to beaches and facilities in the city. It
Facilities include lounge/common rooms,
is 2 minutes walk from the Newcastle
kitchens with all cooking facilities and laundries.
Beach YHA; and, approximately 15
Some locations have swimming pools and are minutes by train or 40 minutes by
close to restaurants. bus to the Callaghan Campus. Or 5
minutes by bus or train to the Newcastle
For examples of this accommodation type visit: School of Business and the Newcastle
■ Newcastle Beach YHA www.yha.com.au* Conservatorium (Community Music).
is close to beaches and facilities in the
city. It is approximately 15 minutes by train *These options require credit card details
or 40 minutes by bus to the Callaghan for booking
Campus. Or 5 minutes by bus or train
to the Newcastle School of Business
and the Newcastle Conservatorium
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SINGLE OR DOUBLE
AND CENTRAL COAST)
Cost per night starts from ■ Premier Hotel** is located in
approximately $45 per room. Broadmeadow and is approximately 15
minutes by train or 20 minutes by bus to
Some rooms have ensuite bathrooms,
both the Callaghan Campus and the city
while others require guests to share lockable
precinct. Telephone (+61 2) 49623236
bathrooms located on hallways. Bed linen is
provided, and we advise you to bring your ■ Stag and Hunter Hotel** is located in the
own towels. busy shopping district of Mayﬁeld and is
approximately 10 minutes by bus to the
Facilities may include well equipped kitchens, Callaghan Campus or 20 minutes by bus
some with dining and recreational rooms. to the city. Telephone (+ 61 2) 49681205
Laundry facilities are generally also available. Examples in the Central Coast include:
In Australia we call this style of ■ Gosford Hotel** www.hotelgosford.com.au
accommodation ‘budget hotels’ or ‘Pubs’. is located 12 kilometres from the Central
Single or double rooms are usually available Coast Campus in the largest business
upon request. district on the Central Coast; and, is close
to shops, train and bus stations.
Examples in Newcastle include:
■ Wombats Bed and Breakfast www.
■ Newcastle Beach YHA (see above) wombatbed.com/ comprises older style
www.yha.com.au* lodgings within walking distance of Point
■ Newcastle Backpackers (see above) Clare train station and 15 kilometres to
www.newcastlebackpackers.com the Central Coast Campus
■ Backpackers by the Beach (see above) ** These have restaurants/bars which sell
www.backpackersbythebeach.com* alcohol and which generally stay open late
■ Northern Star Hotel** is located in the at night.
centre of multicultural Hamilton and
close to shops, cafes and restaurants.
It is approximately 10 minutes by train or
25 minutes by bus to both the Callaghan
Campus and the city precinct. Telephone
(+61 2) 49611087 **
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Cost per night starts at If you are travelling with a group of friends,
approximately $80 per room. then you may consider the Jesmond Executive
Villas as it offers small apartment style
This level of accommodation includes modest
accommodation on a temporary or long
hotel/motels which provide en-suite
bathrooms and tea/coffer making facilities.
They may also offer family rooms. ■ Jesmond Executive Villas www.
In the Newcastle area:
On the Central Coast some options are:
The suburb of Mayfield offers many mid-range
motels which are in easy walking distance of ■ Gosford Motor Inn www.gosfordmotorinn.
shops and cafes and less than ten minutes com.au which is within walking distance of
bus ride to the Callaghan Campus. the centre of Gosford and close to shops,
restaurants and public transport.
These include: ■ Chittaway Motel is a modern motel 5
■ Hanbury Lodge kilometres from the Central Coast Campus
www.handburylodge.com.au/ and close to a small shopping centre.
■ Sovereign Motor Inn Travel to campus is by bus to Tuggerah
www.sovereigninns.com.au train station and then by train to Ourimbah.
■ Best Western Travellers Motor Village ■ Bermuda Motor Inn www.ccnnet.com.au/
www.tmv.com.au bermuda/ at North Gosford is an older
■ Hospitality Motor Inn (Comfort Inn) style motel which is 8 kilometres from
www.hospitalitymayﬁeldinn.com.au the Campus and close to a small
Similar motels are located at Hamilton and
Wallsend. Both suburbs have good shops and
■ Terranova Motel www.terranovamotel.com.
restaurants and are within a short bus ride to au at Niagara Park is also an older style
the University. You can also catch a train from motel 7 kilometres to the Campus.
Hamilton to either the Callaghan Campus or
the Newcastle precinct.
Motels in these suburbs include:
■ Tudor Motor Inn www.tudorinn.motel.com
■ Hotel Formula 1 Newcastle
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UP MARKET TEMPORARY
Cost per night starts at Students studying at the Central Coast
approximately $130 per room Campus may choose to stay at:
These accommodation options offer students
■ The Willows Motor Inn*** www.thewillows.
well appointed rooms with en-suite bathrooms. net.au which is located at North Gosford.
This large motel is located 8 kilometres
They are located either close to the city centre, from the Central Coast Campus and close
near local beaches or in popular parts of the to a small shopping centre.
city. Most will have swimming pools,
recreational facilities, television in rooms, *** These options are private hotels. They have
videos, restaurant facilities, room service and restaurants/bars which sell alcohol and which
full laundry service. The accommodation in this generally stay open late at night.
price range tends to be in hotels/motels.
Please note that guests are generally unable to
cook their own food in these establishments,
although most offer tea and coffee making
facilities and toasters in rooms.
These examples are all located in the city
centre, with easy access to both bus and train
transport to the Callaghan Campus:
■ Noahs on the Beach***
■ Apollo International***
■ Ibis Hotel***
Telephone (+61 2) 4926 3777
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BEFORE LEAVING 1. Have a thorough medical and dental
check-up. Ask your doctor to provide you
with a letter detailing any relevant ongoing
3. Go online and open an Australian Bank
Account. Presently, there are two banks
operating on the Callaghan Campus, the
medical conditions which may require Commonwealth Bank and the Newcastle
follow-up treatment while you are in Permanent Building Society. You can open
Australia. (Have it translated into English your bank account on line and transfer money
if necessary) into it before you leave home. You simply
prove your identity to the Bank when you
2. Open a credit card account. Credit cards
arrive to have ready access to your money.
are not usually issued to overseas students
in Australia. www.commbank.com.au/
(Newcastle Permanent Building Society)
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4. Make photocopies of your passport, visa and
any other important documents. Leave a set
at home and put another set in your luggage.
5. Check which campus offers most of
your courses to determine whether
your destination is Newcastle or the
6. Organise your transport and accommodation
(See pp46 and pp10).
7. Enquire about schooling or childcare for
your children if they are travelling with you.
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YOU SHOULD BRING
Packing your bags Clothing
TIP Pack light and manageable bags and
suitcases. Pack a change of clothes in your
On most campuses, local students usually
dress informally. Jeans or slacks with t-shirts
hand luggage and limit liquids in hand luggage or blouses, joggers or “running shoes” are
to less than 100ml per container. almost standard dress. Shorts are often worn
SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS Students are often surprised by how strict
during the summer months and sandals are
Summer in Australia is from December the most common footwear. It is acceptable
Australian Customs Services and Quarantine
to February, autumn from March to May, for both men and women to wear shorts and
can be. If you’re in doubt about whether your
winter from June to August, and spring sleeveless t-shirts. This is common during the
goods are prohibited or not, declare it anyway
from September to November. For most hotter months.
on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will
of the country the hottest months are receive on the plane. Students have received A sports coat or suit and tie for men and
January and February. If you arrive in on the spot fines for not declaring items. appropriate dress for women is necessary for
June or July, the coldest months of the some functions such as formal dinners, a
year, you may need to bring or buy Baggage allowances flying into Australia will
graduation ceremony, student dances or balls.
winter clothing and blankets. You may vary according to your carrier, flight class and
For festive occasions, you may want to bring
also need to purchase a heating country of origin. Please check with your
traditional dress and accessories.
appliance once you arrive. international carrier prior to departure.
Checked luggage on domestic flights within Other items you might need to include
Australia is generally limited to 20kg plus one (most can also be purchased in Australia)
carry on bag (7kg). These limitations will ■ alarm clock
significantly limit the amount of things you can ■ bath towels, bed sheets, pillow cases
bring, especially if you will fly within Australia
to get to your final destination. Therefore, it is ■ dictionary (bilingual)
essential to think the packing process through ■ small sewing kit
very carefully. You will be able to purchase ■ music CDs or iPod
most things upon arrival in Australia but the
price may be higher than in your own country.
■ sporting equipment
■ scientific or graphics calculator
Visit the Australian Quarantine ■ camera
and Inspection Service (AQIS)
■ micro recorder for lectures
■ Read “What can’t I take
■ spare spectacles or contact lenses
into Australia?” ■ your optical prescription
■ And also let your family and ■ photos of friends and family
friends know “What can’t be ■ swimming costume
mailed to Australia?” ■ small gifts from home
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Documents ■ Your accommodation address. Internet Access
■ A valid passport. ■ Medical letter and any optical or Students of the University of Newcastle are
■ Your Student Visa or entry permit, If medical prescriptions you might need. provided with a range of IT and Online Services
you have applied on-line and obtained to assist with providing an innovative learning
■ Rental and or character reference. and teaching environment. Wireless internet
an E Visa, please bring along a hard (Landlords will want to know that you
copy of the conﬁrmation which states access is available to students from a number
are a reliable and responsible person; of locations in Newcastle and the Central
the visa expiry date. with sufﬁcient access to funds; and, Coast. Every enrolled student is issued their
■ Your letter of offer from the able to pay rent on time.) own computer account and dial-up access to
University of Newcastle.
If you are travelling with your family you will the internet through the University’s internet
■ A copy of your Overseas Student need to include their documents as well. Keep server. Some accommodation providers also
Conﬁrmation of Enrolment (COE). all documents in your carry-on luggage. In case offer Broadband access (usually at an
■ The receipt of your tuition deposit. you lose the originals, make copies that can be additional cost); while others will require
■ Certiﬁed copies of your academic left behind with family and sent to you. students to organise their own internet access.
qualiﬁcations, English proﬁciency and if you If you are staying off-campus and want to
are applying for credit for previous study Bringing your own Computer investigate Broadband options, visit
– details of course outlines, assessment It is not necessary for you to bring your own http://broadbandguide.com.au/
method, contact hours, subject duration and computer to Australia, although some students
textbooks used. On this website, ADSL refers to Broadband
may prefer to do this. Bringing a PC or laptop
accessed through the telephone lines and is
■ Evidence of sufﬁcient funds to support into Australia can be complicated. Items owned
therefore limited to the one location while
yourself during your study, for example and used for more than 12 months prior to
Mobile Broadband can be accessed almost
a scholarship offer or bank statement. arrival are allowed in tax-free. Proof of the date
■ Credit card. of purchase and purchase price may be
required. Computers which are less than 12
■ Some form of identiﬁcation such as months old and over AU$400 may attract Mobile Phones and Laptops
Driver’s Licence, certiﬁed copies of Goods and Services tax (GST) at a rate of 10%. If you are considering bringing a mobile
your Birth Certiﬁcate or ID card. Consideration is given as to whether or not you phone, laptop, or any communication devices
■ A certiﬁed English translation of your intend to export the computer at the conclusion we suggest that you visit the Australian
vaccination records if you are doing of your studies. Communications and Media Authority
Health related studies. www.acma.gov.au before making any
To satisfy the Customs Officer that you will be purchases. Some students have brought in
■ Telephone numbers of the International taking the computer out of Australia you should
Student Support Unit (+61 2) 4921 8703, their own laptops with internal modems only
bring along a statutory declaration (a written to discover that they were unable to use
their emergency mobile (0408 485 664) declaration witnessed by the certifying
and the University Security Ofﬁce their modem in Australia. Any external or
authority in your country) stating that the built-in modems must be Austel Approved
(+61 2) 4921 5888. computer is for use during your studies in in order to function in Australia.
■ Instructions on how you plan to get Australia, and that you intend to take it back
from Sydney International Airport to with you when you complete your studies. You Similarly, the SIM card from your home country
your accommodation plus the may be required to give an undertaking under may not operate in Australia. You may therefore
telephone number of transport/ Section 162 to this effect and provide a cash need to purchase a replacement for the
accommodation providers you may security to Australia Customs upon arrival. duration of your stay. SIM cards can be
need to contact along the way. purchased at most newsagencies and post
offices, some convenience stores and petrol
stations, as well as phone dealerships.
You should also check with your cell/mobile
phone service provider that your phone will
accept an Australian SIM card.
The standard voltage for electrical items
in Australia is 240V. Electric plugs have
three flat pins one of which is an earth
pin. You may need to buy an adaptor or
have the plugs changed when you arrive.
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AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
You will need to make sure you have enough funds to support you when you first
arrive. It is recommended that you have approximately AU$1500 to AU$2000
available for the first two to three weeks to pay for temporary accommodation and
transport. You should bring most of this money as either Traveller’s Cheques or on an
international credit card. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed at any bank or currency
exchange in Australia.
Please note that it is not safe to bring large sums of money with you! Lost credit cards or
Traveller’s Cheques can be replaced, but very few travel insurance companies will replace
lost or stolen cash. Do not ask someone you have just met to handle your cash for you or to
take your cash to make payments for you. Not even someone who may indicate they are
studying at the same education institution.
Only Australian currency can be used in Australia. If you have not brought some with you, you will
need to arrange some as soon as possible after arrival. You can do this at the airport in Sydney or
at any bank during business hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm)
There are no currency exchange facilities available in Newcastle other than those provided
through local banks.
Electronic Funds Transfer
You can transfer money into Australia by electronic telegraph or telegraphic transfer at any
time. This is a fast option and will take approximately 48 hours, but the bank will charge a fee
on every transaction.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s)
Automatic Teller Machines are located almost everywhere (including at the airport) and you
can immediately withdraw cash from your overseas bank account at ATMs displaying the Cirrus
Logo (if your ATM card has international access). Check this with your financial institution
before leaving home.
All major international credit cards are accepted in Australia but you must remember that
repayments to many of these cards can only be made in the country where they were issued.
Do not rely on being able to get a credit card once you arrive in Australia because this is very
difficult due to credit and identification laws.
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COST OF BASIC COMMODITIES
Rice: $3 / kg
Milk: $1-$2 / litre
Potatoes: $3 / Kg
Chicken: $10 / Kg
Beef: $15 / Kg
Bus tickets: $34 / week
Phone calls (local): 50c
Cup of Coffee: $3.50
Take away meal: $10
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AND YOUR HEALTH
The University provides Health
Services at both the Callaghan
and Central Coast campuses.
All consultations are confidential.
Students with a Disability Students needing support or adjustments must The Australian Government requires all
The Disability Support Service provides bring supporting medical documentation which holders of a Student Visa to have OSHC for
practical assistance and advice to students outlines their condition and the possible effects the duration of their visa. The University will
with a disability or chronic illness. on study. Information about documentation can organise your first year’s cover and deduct
be found online at: www.newcastle.edu.au/ payment for this from your deposit. The cost
Eligible students may be provided with services
policy/000839.html of one year’s health insurance cover in 2009
and support to minimise the barriers to study
for a single student is AUD380. Students are
caused by their conditions. These can include: The Disability Support Service can
responsible for renewing their policy and
Information and referral to access be contacted via email at:
ensuring its continuity for the duration of
appropriate services; firstname.lastname@example.org
their Student Visa.
or by phone; 61 2 49 215766.
■ Speciﬁc services including lecture support,
If you come to Australia on a visa other than a
note taking, scribes, advocacy ergonomic Further information can be found online at:
student visa and undertake a short course of
furniture, exam adjustments, accessible www.newcastle.edu.au/services/
study of three months duration or less you will
formats for course work, training and studentsupport
not be eligible for OSHC. It is wise to purchase
support in the use of speciﬁc equipment
travel or private medical insurance in this case.
or adaptive computer software, and Health Insurance (OSHC)
assistance with mobility around campus. Overseas student health cover (OSHC) is Students on certain scholarships and those
insurance that provides cover for the costs with reciprocal health insurance arrangements
Students need to contact the Disability
of medical and hospital care which in their home country maybe exempt from this
Support Service before leaving their home
international students may need while in requirement. For example, Swedish and
country to discuss their condition, the impact
Australia. OSHC also covers the cost of Norwegian students are exempt from health
of the condition on study, and reasonable
emergency ambulance transport and most cover as this is provided under the National
adjustments. Students with a disability
prescription drugs. Health Insurance Scheme.
should also contact the Disability Support
Service as soon as they arrive on campus For health insurance above the basic OSHC
to arrange an appointment. visit: www.peoplecare.com.au/OSHC/
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It is wise to be alert to your new environment and aware of risks to your personal
safety and belongings where-ever you are in the world. The same applies in
Newcastle and the Central Coast. While physical assaults and robbery are rare,
they do happen and newcomers to the city should be vigilant.
When you are out and about: Emergencies Ambulance
■ Be alert to your surroundings and the The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest Ambulances provide immediate medical
people around you, especially if you are way to get the right emergency service to attention and emergency transportation to
alone, it is dark or you are in an area where help you. It should be used to contact Police, hospital. Dial 000
alcohol is being consumed. Fire or Ambulance services in life threatening
■ Whenever possible travel with a friend or as or emergency situations only. Emergency
000 lines should not be used for general The University’s Security Service operates
part of a group.
medical assistance. 24hours a day, seven days a week. In an
■ Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. emergency, Security staff can be contacted on
■ Walk conﬁdently and at a steady pace. Police the following numbers:
■ Be wary of casual requests from strangers, In Australia police protect people and Newcastle 4921 5888
like someone asking for a cigarette or properties, detect and prevent crime, and
Central Coast 4348 4222
change – they could have ulterior motives. preserve peace for everyone. They are not
connected to the military or politics. The International Student Support also carries
■ Keep away from trouble – if you see any
police can help you feel safe. In a non- a mobile phone which can be called in an
trouble or suspect that it might be about to
emergency situation you can contact emergency. The number is 0408 485 664
start – move away from the scene and alert
the Police on 131 444. (in Australia) or +614 084 85 664
■ Be discrete with your cash and any Fire
electrical equipment you maybe carrying. The fire brigade extinguishes fires, rescues
people from fires in cars and buildings, and helps
in situations where gas or chemicals become a
danger. As soon as a fire starts call 000 no TIP
matter how small or large the fire may be.
Attend orientation and learn
how other students party safely!
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Budgeting and Part-time Work Bringing Family ■ The effect on you and your studies if
Every student is responsible for his or her Most Student Visas allow you to bring your family your family is not happy in Australia;
own tuition and living expenses. Living members to Australia as your dependants. ■ Whether your children will adjust to school
expenses are calculated at approximately in Australia;
Family members include your spouse, and you
AUD14,500 per year. Part-time work ■ Waiting lists for child care centres; and
and your spouse’s dependent children.
opportunities are limited, and you should ■ Whether to come alone to Australia first
not rely on employment to supplement your Rather than bringing family with you when
and arrange things for your family, or to
living expenses while in Australia. you first arrive, many students find it easier to
all come at the same time.
arrive first, settle into studies, find appropriate
Students bringing families should have
accommodation, adjust to living in Australia Child Care
sufficient funds to provide for themselves
and then arrange for their family to join them. You will need to arrange childcare for children
and their families.
Issues to Consider under five while you are at lectures and tutorials
As an international student holding a Student if you do not have a spouse to care for them in
Visa, the Australian Government allows you to Before bringing your spouse or children to
the family home. Callaghan Campus has three
work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per Australia, you will have to prove that you can
childcare centres for daytime care. Other child
week during semester and unlimited hours support them financially. The cost of
care services exist in the community and may
during semester breaks and vacation periods. supporting a family in Australia is very high.
involve children being cared for in local
Dependant family members who have You may have to consider and discuss many
approved homes or formal childcare centres.
accompanied you to Australia may also apply issues with your family.
for permission to work. Demand for childcare services close to the
■ The cost of airfares for your family to
University often exceeds availability and so
For more information, please visit: and from Australia;
finding suitable care for your children requires
www.immi.gov.au/students/students/ ■ Possible higher rent for a larger home; patience and planning. So start making
working_while_studying/ ■ Limited employment opportunities for arrangements as early as possible.
Many schools offer before – and after-school
■ Extra costs for food, schooling, care programs (usually 7:30am-8:45am and
childcare, clothing and health insurance; 3:30pm – 6:00pm). Children who need these
programs must be registered with the school.
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Schools 5. Fees are payable by international students It is advisable that ALL enquiries
If you would like to bring your children to at all NSW State schools unless you: regarding entry to public schools
Australia with you, you must be aware of the – Are in receipt of sponsorship from the should be directed to:
following schooling issues: Australian Government (e.g. ADS, ALA, NSW Department of
1. It is an immigration policy that school-age Endeavour); or Education and Training
dependants of international students – Hold an IPRS or approved non- International Student Centre
undertake formal schooling while they are government scholarship. These NSW Department of Education and Training
in Australia. scholarships must be approved by Block W, 827-839 George Street
the NSW State government for the Sydney NSW 2007
2. Children who have their fifth birthday before
dependants to be exempt from Australia
the 1st April of that calendar year are eligible
school fees. T +61 1300 302 456
to start school.
F +61 2 9212 6721
3. You may need to provisionally enrol your 6. You will be responsible for school fees
child in a school before you leave your home and other costs including school uniforms,
country and you will normally have to pay the lunches, excursions and stationery.
school fees one semester in advance. School fees can cost about $5,000 per
child per year.
4. The school will issue an electronic
Confirmation of Enrolment Form (eCoE) 7. When choosing the most appropriate school
stating the program and its duration, so for your child, it is best to ask questions
that you can obtain the appropriate visa about the school’s curriculum, size,
for your child. extra-curricular activities and the size of
8. You should also take into consideration the
distance from the school to your home and
the method of transport your children plan
to use when travelling to school.
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ARRIVAL When to arrive Detailed information about Orientation; where
The best date for you to arrive will be to stay when you first arrive; and where to look
influenced by where you will be living and for permanent accommodation can be found
what program you intend to study. on the university website. See the inside back
page of this document for a list of handy URLs .
If you are staying on-campus, the Halls of
Residence will advise you of a suitable date Once you have arrived in Australia, you should
to arrive. However, if you are yet to obtain long let your family and friends know that you have
term accommodation it is recommended that arrived safely.
you arrive at least two weeks prior to your On your Flight
orientation as Newcastle and the Central
Wear comfortable, layered clothing so that
Coast have competitive rental accommodation
you are able to make adjustments according
markets and you will need to allow extra time
to the local weather. Remember – if you are
to find a suitable place to live.
flying from a northern hemisphere winter into
Orientation dates vary according to your the Australian summer it will be very hot so
academic timetable. Most students will be wear light weight clothing underneath, and
required to attend orientation in the week have a pair of sandals or lighter shoes in your
preceding the start of their academic programs. hand luggage if you need cooler footwear.
Some Faculties require students to attend a Alternatively extra clothing may be required
preliminary orientation. You will receive advice on-hand if flying into the Australian winter
about this if this applies to your program. season. It is also a good idea to pack an extra
set of clothes in your hand luggage in case
ELICOS Orientation occurs during the first
your baggage is delayed.
week of each new program. It is okay to arrive
the week before the ELICOS program if you Entering the Country
are staying in Homestay. On the other hand, if Before landing in Australia passengers are
you plan to live more independently and need given an Incoming Passenger Card to fill in.
to find somewhere to live after you get here, This is a legal document. You must tick YES,
you should plan to arrive at least two weeks if you are carrying any food, plant material
before the start of the ELICOS program. including wooden souvenirs, or animal
products. This includes fruit given to you during
your flight. If you have items you don’t wish to
declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine
bins in the airport terminal. Don’t be afraid to
TIP ask airline staff if you have any questions.
If you are carrying more than AU$10,000 in
cash, you must also declare this on your
It is important to ALWAYS let Incoming Passenger Card. It is strongly
someone know where you are and recommended however, that you do not carry
how to contact you by phone or by large sums of cash but arrange travellers
post. You will also need to advise cheques or an electronic transfer of funds
the university every time you into your Australian bank account once it has
change your residential address been opened.
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Australian Immigration Some products may require treatment to
When you first arrive in Australia you will be make them safe. Items that are restricted
required to make your way through Australian because of the risk of pests and disease will
Immigration (follow the signs for Arriving be seized and destroyed by the Australian
Passengers as you leave the plane). Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).
Immigration Officers will ask to see your For more detailed information about bringing
completed Incoming Passenger Card (given in food, animals, plants, animal or plant
to you on the plane) along with your passport materials or their derivatives visit www.daffa.
and student visa evidence. The Immigration gov.au/aqis
Officer will check your documents and may
ask you a few questions about your plans for Detector Dogs
your stay in Australia. You may see a Quarantine Detector Dog at
the baggage carousel or while waiting in line
to pass through immigration, screening
Once you have passed through the luggage for drugs, food, plant material or
immigration checks you will move to animal products. If you see a detector dog
baggage claim (follow the signs) and collect working close to you, please place your bags
your luggage. Check that nothing is missing on the floor for inspection. These dogs are
or damaged. If something is missing or not dangerous to humans and are trained to
damaged go to the Baggage Counter and detect odours.
advise them of your problem. Staff at the
Baggage Counter will help you to find your Sometimes a dog will sit next to your bag if it
belongings or lodge a claim for damage. sniffs a target odour. Sometimes dogs will
detect odours left from food you have had in
Australian Customs and Quarantine the bag previously. A quarantine officer may
Once you have your luggage you will go ask about the contents of your bag and check
through Customs. Be careful about what you are not carrying items that present a
you bring into Australia. Some items you quarantine risk to Australia.
might bring from overseas can carry pests
and diseases that Australia does not have.
It is also illegal to carry drugs and weapons
You must declare ALL food, meat, fruit,
plants, seeds, wooden souvenirs, animal or
plant materials or their derivatives. Australia
has strict quarantine laws and tough
on-the-spot fines. Every piece of luggage is
now screened by quarantine officers, detector
dog teams and x-ray machines. If you fail to
declare or dispose of any quarantine items, or
make a false declaration, you will get caught.
In addition to on-the-spot fines, you could be
prosecuted and fined more than AU$60,000
and risk 10 years in prison. All international
mail is also screened.
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SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Most international students arrive in Australia at Sydney’s International Airport and then travel to Newcastle by air, train or bus.
Regardless of the method of travel between Sydney and Newcastle, all passengers arriving at Sydney International Airport must
collect their belongings from the luggage carousel and pass through Customs and Quarantine.
Choose one of the following options to The time for the journey between Sydney 2. By Coach to the Central Coast –
get to your destination: and Newcastle is approximately 3 hours and The University provides a free transport
varies depending on the number of stops the service for students studying at the Central
1. By Coach to Newcastle You can book
coach makes en-route. This transport option Coast campus. This service collects
coach transfer from the Airport in Sydney
is a good idea if you have lots of luggage and students from Sydney’s International
to Newcastle online through Happy Cabby.
costs about AUD60 (Make sure that you Airport and transfers them to either their
It is fast, easy to do; and, you will receive
have Australian currency). You must pay the accommodation on the Central Coast or
confirmation of your booking within 24
driver for this service. to the University campus at Ourimbah.
hours of submitting your request.
There is no need to leave Sydney’s You must advise the University of your airport
Just follow these simple steps:
International Airport building if you are transport needs at least two weeks prior to
– Go to www.happycabby.com:80/site/ travelling by coach, as the driver will meet you your arrival. You can do this by emailing
unibooking and click on the “Student” at the McDonald’s Restaurant next to the International-Ourimbah@newcastle.edu.au
button. Krispy Kreme shop inside the terminal near
3. By Rail to Newcastle and the
– Enter your flight details and the address Gates A and B. You should remain in this area
Central Coast – There are regular trains
you wish to be taken to in Newcastle. while waiting for the coach driver to meet you.
from Sydney’s International Airport to
– Check your email one day later and Sydney’s Central Station, where you can
obtain your booking confirmation number. change trains to go to Newcastle or
Ourimbah on the Central Coast.
The cost of travel between Sydney’s
International Airport and Sydney’s Central
Train Station is about AUD14.
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Even the best made plans can go
wrong. So if you find that your travel
plans change en route, don’t panic. The
International Student Support Unit will
do its best to accommodate last minute
changes to your arrival.
Please help us if this applies to you
by contacting the Unit’s Emergency
+ 61 408 485 664
(if ringing internationally)
0408 485 664
(if ringing in Australia)
If you are travelling by coach from
Sydney to Newcastle you should
also advise the Happy Cabby coach
company if your arrival time changes.
+61 2 4971 3991
(if ringing internationally)
2 4971 3991
(if ringing in Australia)
If unable to get through to the
above contacts, simply telephone
the University’s Security Service on
(+61 2) 4921 5888 and explain your
predicament. The University’s
Security Service operates 24 hours
a day; seven days a week and they
will do their best to help you.
The journey to Newcastle can vary, Once you arrive at Newcastle or Ourimbah flights leave from the Domestic Terminal
depending on the number of stations your train stations, you will need to contact the (T2). Transfers between airport terminals in
train stops at. As a general rule, the journey hire car to advise them that you have arrived. Sydney is possible by train, taxi or bus.
from Sydney Central Station to Newcastle International-Support@newcastle.edu.au The University provides a free transport
Station takes about 2.5 hours. The train trip (for pick-ups from Newcastle Train Station) service to student’s accommodation when
from Central Station to Ourimbah Station they arrive in Newcastle by plane. Students
takes about 1.25 hours. wishing to receive this service must email
au (for pick-ups from Central Coast Train
It costs approximately AUD15 one way Stations) International Student Support: International-
from Central Station to Newcastle and Support@newcastle.edu.au at least one
approximately AUD10 one way from 4. By Air to Newcastle – Students who week prior to their arrival. Staff will want to
Central Station to Ourimbah. choose to fly from Sydney to Newcastle know the time and date of your arrival at
(approximately 30 minutes) should book Newcastle Airport and the address to which
Train timetables can be found at
their domestic flight at the same time as they you wish to be taken.
book their international flight. Newcastle
If you wish to be met at either Newcastle or (There is no airport close to Ourimbah so
airport at Williamtown is about 35 minutes
Ourimbah Train Stations and transported to students studying at this campus should
drive from Newcastle city centre or the
your accommodation free of charge, you will choose one of the other transport options.)
University. Aeropelican Jetstar, Virgin Blue
need to email International Student Support and Qantas run flights to Williamtown. Most
at least one week prior to your arrival with
details of your travel and accommodation.
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It is not necessary to wait until the formal Orientation Program to introduce yourself
to us. Once you have checked into your accommodation and recovered from your
international journey, you can make your way to the International Office on the
Callaghan campus or to the Student Support Unit on the Ourimbah campus.
There is no heavy traffic congestion or Orientation
over-crowding on public transport and hence The University’s formal Orientation Program
this is generally the easiest way to get to the is held before the beginning of each semester
campuses. Buses and trains are the most (or trimester). The Orientation will provide
economical. Remember, you must pay the information which will be useful to your
adult fare when purchasing your ticket. Train adjustment to life and study in Australia.
tickets are purchased on the platform, while It is an essential part of your studies at the
bus tickets can be obtained from the driver. University and should not be missed.
Taxis are expensive – particularly if you are You will also have the opportunity to take part
travelling long distances. in various social activities and excursions that
When you arrive on campus, you should will widen your social network and help you
head to the Student HUB where you can better understand the Australian culture
obtain your Student ID card. Enrolment and environment.
at the University is then carried out online.
Information on how to enrol and what to
enrol in will be provided during Orientation.
SO, GET ORGANISED AND WE’LL
SEE YOU HERE IN NEWCASTLE.
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Our website is a great way to ﬁnd out more about going to university,
the Newcastle region and a whole lot of other reasons why the University
of Newcastle is the right place for you.
Some more handy websites for you to look at:
UoN accommodation Services
Temporary Accommodation – Newcastle
Temporary Accommodation – Central Coast
ABOUT NEWCASTLE AND THE CENTRAL COAST
GOVERNMENT AND VISA INFORMATION SITES
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,
EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS (DEEWR )
DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP (DIAC)
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
T +61 2 4921 8867
F +61 2 4960 1766
International Student Support
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
T +61 2 4921 5010
M 0408 485 664 (in Australia)
M +614 084 85 664 (Internationally).
F +61 2 4921 7061
Residential Halls on Campus
The University of Newcastle
T +61 2 4924 1004
F +61 2 4924 1002
The information in this publication is correct as of June 2009, but may be subject to
change. If you have any comments/suggestions which will improve the content of this
publication please email International-Support@newcastle.edu.au
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