Information and support for students

Getting into university

Two students studying

There are a number of pathways to enter the University of Sydney. We have special entry admission schemes that may be beneficial for:

  • students with an ATAR that may be just a few points below the cut-off for their chosen course.
  • students who have suffered long-term and serious educational disadvantage
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • mature-age students
  • athletes/performers with training and performance commitments that have significantly affected their results
  • rural students

Find out more about our special entry schemes.

Academic and personal support services

The University provides all enrolled students with access to a wide range of services that aim to help you succeed academically, socially and personally. These services include:

  • one-on-one counselling and psychological consultations
  • workshops covering both academic and social skills
  • financial assistance, including bursaries and loans
  • accommodation information, including an online database specifically for students
  • childcare information
  • disability services and support
  • scholarships and prizes.
  • employment advice and jobs

For more information on these services, visit our student support services page.

The Learning Centre's services include a wide range of workshops throughout the year on academic writing, research and other skills. The Mathematics Learning Centre offers bridging courses and skills development.

Financial support


The University offers a wide range of bursary programs, interest free loans and scholarships to support you while you study. Bursaries and loans are offered by the Financial Assistance Service and Scholarships are available from the Scholarships Office and through the faculties. Find out which bursaries are available now.

Commonwealth-supported places

You can get a huge discount on your uni fees by taking up a Commonwealth-supported place. This is where the federal government pays a large portion of your fees, and you pay what it calls a student contribution. Your student contribution can also be covered initially by a HECS–HELP loan from the government.

Find out more at the Going to Uni website or ring 1800 020 108.

Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY

Youth Allowance is a payment made by the government to young people who are studying, training or looking for work. ABSTUDY is a similar payment specifically for Indigenous students. Both of these are designed to help you pay for your living expenses while you study.

Find out more about Youth Allowance on the Centrelink website.

Find out more about ABSTUDY on the Centrelink website.

Student life

There is much more to University life than going to lectures and tutorials. Visit the student life section of our website to get involved in activities on and off campus. Each week, you'll get a copy of At Sydney e-newsletter which has all the latest events and news about our community.

Get involved by volunteering or mentoring

There are various mentoring and volunteer opportunities across the University. See the Orientation website or contact your faculty for information on these opportunities