International Student Support and Activities

Planning your arrival and commencing your studies

Now that you're on your way to study at UNSW, there is a lot to think about before you arrive. Here you will find information and services available to you that will help make your transition easier. 

Your Personal Welcome

From the moment you arrive we want you to feel welcome. The Research Student Unit, support staff and your School will welcome you to campus and give you helpful information about settling into UNSW Canberra. 

Cultural Transition Workshop

During the Research Preparation course you will participate in a cultural transition workshop where you will learn about living in Canberra and insights into Australian culture and customs. Our Research Student Unit, Counsellor and Arc student group are all here to assist you into life in Canberra.

Living In Canberra

Canberra is a modern and connected city offering big city amenities without the traffic, congestion or pollution. The median age is well below that of Australia in general providing an opportunity to connect with like-minded peers from all over the world. Higher than national average education levels means that students in Canberra are part of a community that encourages you to learn and further your knowledge.

Spend your free-time exploring the wide open spaces and natural surrounds of Canberra. Engage in social events such as sports, concerts and festivals. Enjoy unique access to major exhibitions and take the opportunity to learn and engage with Australia's story, both past and present. Visit the national cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

The cost of studying and living in Canberra for international students will vary according to what you are studying and your personal lifestyle preferences. You should research these costs before you commit to ensure you have funding to meet these requirements.

You'll need the capacity to cover the costs of air fares, tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your stay. The Australian Government requires that you have sufficient funds while studying in Australia which will cover accommodation, food, transport, clothing, fuel, power, telephone and entertainment.

Housing and Accomodation

UNSW Canberra is located in the Canberra suburb of Campbell , near the Airport and on the North side in Central Canberra. There is no accommodation on campus for non-Defence students; however, depending on your personal taste, budget, location and the length of your stay there are a number of accommodation options. Many students choose to live off campus in a unit, townhouse or a house and will usually share the costs with other students. You will often find advertisements for rooms within share accommodation on university noticeboards and online. If you have the budget you may wish to rent your own place.

For more information refer to: Accommodation information for new students.

The Arc student group provide a guide to renting. We encourage you to read this to understand your rights and obligations as a tennant.

Your Student Visa

International students studying at UNSW require a Confirmation of Enrolment from UNSW and a visa for the length of their program. For most international students, this will be a student visa, a category of visa that has different subclasses depending on the program they are studying. 

Students and their dependents can find out their visa conditions, study entitlements and work entitlements online using VEVO, a free service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To use VEVO go: Also visit UNSW International Support page for more information.

Supporting your studies

The Research Student Unit are here to support you as a student. More of our services are listed here. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Telephone: +61 2 6268 8112
Ground Floor, Adams Auditorium
Building 111


Arc at UNSW Canberra: Research students climb Australia's highest mountain - Mt. Kosciuszko.

Arc Student Group Trip