Support at uni

Our student ambassadors Courtney and Jack offer some useful tips to help you settle in to life at Sydney, telling you about scholarships, career opportunities, and life on campus.

Before you start at Sydney

There are many ways we support you while you're here

Our Careers Centre will help you find part-time work while you study, or a permanent job after you graduate.

The Accommodation Information Service knows all about house hunting, has a huge database of places to rent, and will give you great advice.

We also offer financial support, a first year bursary worth $2000 for eligible students, which you can apply for after you start studying. If you are struggling to make ends meet, you can get in touch with our Financial Assistance Service.

If you find it difficult to get the hang of doing research or writing assignments, the Learning Centre and the Mathematics Learning Centre run sessions to help you build your research, study and presentation skills.

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) run sessions to provide help and advice on your transition to university, and offer tips on how to avoid procrastination, manage your time, and work well in a group.

Indigenous students can get access and support through the Cadigal Special Entry Program and Scheme , run by Student Support Services (on the Camperdown campus), and Yooroang Garang (on the Health Sciences campus). The Koori Centre also provides resources such as tutorials, computer access, and an Indigenous Research Library.

E12 on campus accommodation at Sydney

Moving out and starting university can be daunting, which is why living on campus at college (with full board, pastoral care and academic assistance) can make the transition much easier. There are eight colleges at the University of Sydney, each with their own culture and atmosphere:

  • Mandelbaum
  • International House
  • St. Paul’s College
  • Sancta Sophia College
  • St. John’s College
  • St. Andrew’s College
  • Wesley College
  • Women’s College

For more information about the colleges, visit our Student colleges page

This year, the colleges at the University of Sydney have made it easier for E12 students to apply. Some of the colleges have waived application fees for E12 candidates whilst others have specific and generous scholarships for successful E12 students. All of the University of Sydney colleges have scholarships and financial support programs in place for eligible students and are willing to work flexibly with applicants.

Application deadlines vary between colleges, but most close in early December.

It is very important that you advise the colleges in your application (or via a separate email) that you are an E12 student.

For more information about applying for accommodation please contact

E12 orientation and transition support

Settling into university isn't always easy, but we're here to help. We offer a range of activities designed to help you adjust to study at University, welcome you into our community and introduce you to the key people and services.

Student Support Services can help you with a whole range of things from finding a part-time job to buying your textbooks and support for students with a disability.

E12 Welcomes

The E12 welcome is being run during O-week and is supported by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programs. Come along and meet our friendly support services staff, who will answer your questions, and give you some great take-home tips about making the most of study and life at Sydney Uni.