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Before you arrive

A few hints and tips to help you prepare to start uni

Prepare for the transition to university before your course starts, and you’ll be able to dive straight into campus life when you get here.

Use your UniKey

Access MyUni and Sydney Mail using your UniKey issued during enrolment. You’ll use this login a lot over the next few years, so the sooner you have it memorised, the easier life will be. 

Keep an eye on your email inbox in the weeks leading up to semester to read any news or notifications from your course coordinators.

Each of your subjects will have an online portal on MyUni. This is where you’ll find unit of study outlines containing information such as the syllabus, prescribed readings, assessments, exams, class participation and related reading.

MyUni is also the gateway to your timetable. These typically become available in mid-February for Semester 1 and mid-June for Semester 2. Your timetable contains your class locations – it’s a good idea to look these up on the campus map ahead of time.

Pick up your student card

If you haven’t already, drop by Campus Cards in the Student Centre to collect your student card. This will remain valid for the duration of your degree, and entitles you to lower prices wherever student discounts are offered.

Full-time domestic students are entitled to half fare on public transport, through a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card or an Opal Concession card, which you apply for at the time of enrolment.

Get your reading materials

Buying your textbooks, and course notes or readers early will save you loads of time when the queues descend upon campus.

Prescribed textbooks for each unit of study are listed in your faculty handbook. You can buy textbooks from:

Some units of study may prescribe student notes or a course reader. This is a curated collection of journal articles, book chapters and other material from a range of sources, and may be available from:

If you’re enrolled in a course taught at another campus, check your course outline to find out where your textbooks, notes and readers can be acquired.

If you’re finding it hard to cover the cost of reading materials, contact our Scholarships and Financial Support Service.

Course equipment

Your unit of study outline will also contain information on whether you need to buy course equipment or clothing, such as lab coats, safety glasses or boots.

You can place an order online with the faculty e-stores below.

Moving to Sydney from overseas?

Pre-departure advice for international students
Understand your student visa, including its conditions and limitations.
Learn about visas
Get your documents ready, including student visa, confirmation of enrolment (eCoE), emergency contacts and accommodation details.
Learn about enrolment
Secure your accommodation ahead of time, and confirm your arrival date with the provider.
Organise accommodation
Plan to arrive a few weeks before the start of semester, so you have time to settle in and explore.
Learn about Orientation
Familiarise yourself with Sydney’s public transport system.
Visit Transport NSW

Pre-arrival guide for international students

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