The essentials

Now that you’ve accepted your offer to the University of Sydney, it’s important to ensure that you have all the necessary tools to start your first semester ready and equipped.

Read the following list and cross off each essential item as you achieve it. Scroll down below the list to find out more detailed information about each of the items, or click on the item to jump to the relevant section.

Essential Items

Where to get help

1. Have you enrolled in your subjects?

Contact your faculty office to find out which subjects you should enrol in.

2. Have you received your UniKey?

Find out more about your UniKey

3. Have you logged on to MyUni?

Try logging in to MyUni using your UniKey.

4. Have you purchased all required textbooks and course readers?

Find out which textbooks to buy. Most textbooks can be purchased at the Co-Op bookshop. Students struggling to finance textbook purchases may be eligible for the Robert Maple Brown Bursary or assistance from Scholarships and Financial Support Service.

5. Have you checked your university email?

You can access your student email address by clicking the ‘Email’ icon when logged on to MyUni. Or log in directly to your Sydney Mail account

6. Do you have your timetable?

You can access your timetable by clicking the ‘Timetable’ icon when logged on to MyUni

7. Do you know where your classes are?

Find your classes on Campus Maps or the venue search. The Sydney Uni App features campus maps too.

8. Have you attended your faculty welcome?

Find the venue and time for your faculty welcome on the Faculty, School and Student Welcomes timetable.

9. Have you attended any transition sessions during Orientation week?

There are a range of sessions designed to help you transition smoothly into uni life, which you can find on the Transition sessions timetable.

10. Have you taken a library tour?

Take a look at the library’s first year road map and go for a tour at Fisher library.

11. Have you explored the clubs and societies on offer by the University of Sydney Union (USU) and the Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) 'Come and Try Free' short courses?

Check out the range of clubs and societies run by the USU and take a look at SUSF courses.

12. Have you downloaded the Sydney Uni App?

Download the Sydney Uni App


Enrolment

After you receive your offer from UAC or the University of Sydney, you will be provided with information about how to enrol, including when and where your on-campus enrolment sessions will be held and how to choose your subjects. Use your faculty handbook for information about your course rules, unit of study (subject) choices and degree requirements.

For more information about your enrolment, visit Student Administration.

For undergraduate international students click here for more information about your enrolment.

For postgraduate international students click here for more information about your enrolment.


Your UniKey

UniKey is the name given to the login ID for your personal University account. It consists of four letters (based on your first and last name) and four numbers. Your UniKey account details are given to you after you have officially enrolled at the University and is included on your confirmation of enrolment letter (not your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment). If you did not receive your UniKey account details on this letter, please contact the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000.

Your UniKey account provides access to the University’s online services and facilities including self-administration (such as varying your enrolment and updating your contact details), your student email account, the Learning Management System (Blackboard), the library, MyUni and more. For more information, visit Student IT.


MyUni

MyUni is your online portal to a range of applications including student administration, your university email account, the Sydney CareerHub, and the Learning Management System (Blackboard). It is essential that you familiarise yourself with MyUni and make it a habit of logging on regular to check for important notifications and updates.

You will find links to the applications, as mentioned above, on the QuickLaunch pane found on the left hand side of the web page when you first log in to MyUni. Make sure you check out Blackboard, which has a list of all the units of study you have enrolled in, and links to important resources for each of those units.

You will also find an essential document in the links for each of your units of study called the unit of study outline. Each unit has its own outline, which provides essential information about the course structure, the lecture timetables, the assessment schedule, information about which textbooks you must buy, and much more. Make sure you read them before semester begins!

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Textbooks and course readers

Most units of study will require you to buy textbooks. Many units of study will require you to purchase course readers, which is a compilation of extracts from various sources. Some units of study will require you to buy both textbooks and course readers.

You can find out which textbooks and/or course readers to buy in the outline for each of the units of study in which you are enrolled. These outlines can be found online on Blackboard. You can access Blackboard by logging on to MyUni. Some outlines will include information about prescribed textbook(s) (which you should be buying) as well as recommended textbook(s) (which is optional).

Getting your books early is a good way to avoid the crowds in the first few weeks of semester.

Place orders online for your course readers as they become available through the Copy Centre.

The Co-op Bookshop is where you can check the availability of your course textbooks and place orders online before semester commences.

Also check out the SRC’s second hand bookshop where you might be able to find cheaper versions of your required texts.

Cumberland Campus students should contact the Campus Bookstore to check the availability of your textbooks.

Students struggling to finance textbook purchases may be eligible for financial assistance, for example the Robert Maple Brown bursary, from the Scholarships and Financial Support Service.


University email account

Your official University student email account is called Sydney Mail, and is where all official correspondence from the University is sent to. Upon enrolment, all students receive a Sydney Mail email account that is accessed using your UniKey and password. Your email address takes the form of your UniKey@uni.sydney.edu.au. You can check your email by clicking the Mail icon when logged on to MyUni.

Alternatively, you can log in directly to your Sydney Mail account. Find out more information about Sydney Mail on the Student IT home page.


Timetables

You can obtain your personal timetable online or by clicking the timetable icon when logging on to MyUni. You can also change your timetable online. If you are doing a unit that is not centrally timetabled, you will need to contact the relevant department to find out when you are required to attend classes. Timetables for first semester become available online from mid-February. Check the Timetables web page for more information.


Finding your classes

You can look up where particular rooms are by searching venue details. Alternatively, you can locate your classes on the campus maps, available on the Sydney Uni App or the website.


Faculty welcomes

Faculty and school welcomes are important events to attend as they give you vital study and course information, and introduce you to the University's administrative policies and procedures. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and academic staff, and find out about student associations related to your study. If you are studying with more than one faculty, we encourage you to attend all welcomes relevant to your degree.

Most faculty and school welcomes are held during Orientation week. Find out when your faculty is holding their welcome event.


Transition sessions

The transition to (or back to) university life involves many changes that may challenge you academically, socially and emotionally. Whether you are starting university as a school leaver, or returning to study after an extended period, it is highly recommended that you attend the variety of transition sessions that are run during Orientation week. Topics range from how to reference your sources in essays and how to utilise the library’s extensive resource to developing critical thinking skills and maximising the University’s careers fairs.

Check out the range of Transition Sessions.


Library

The University of Sydney has 11 libraries across all its campuses, with 5 of them situated on main campus. With a total of over 5.2 million items in its collection, students have access to a vast number of resources that not only includes books, but also electronic databases, subscriptions to numerous world class journals, and image and video resources. The libraries are also where you can find computers to use, do your printing and photocopying, and attend information skills sessions.

It is important that you familiarise yourself with the library as you'll use it a lot during your university life, and what better way to do so than to take a library tour! Take a look at the library website for more information.


The University of Sydney Union (USU) and Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF)

One of the hardest things about studying in a new place is meeting new people. Luckily, we've got you covered! Get involved in the fantastic activities provided by the University of Sydney Union (USU). The USU will showcase all their clubs and societies at their flagship event, O-Week, which is run parallel to Orientation week. They also provide an International Student Lounge with free computer access, pool tables, locker hire and staff to assist you. Check out the O-Week website for more information.

Another great way to meet people and stay fit is to join Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF). At the Sports & Aquatic Centre and The Arena Sports Centre, there is something to suit everyone with an indoor pool, group fitness classes, cardio equipment, boxing gym and basketball courts. There are also a great range of programs and courses to try out. Look out for discounted prices for Sydney Uni students.


Sydney Uni App

Keep your uni in your pocket! The Sydney Uni App includes campus maps, access to Blackboard, an events calendar, and much more. Download the Sydney Uni App and you’ll never lose your bearings.