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A guide for new students

Set yourself up for the study ahead.

There’s a lot to remember when you start out at university. Here are some of the key things you’ll need to do to familiarise yourself with the campus and get settled in to your studies.

Essential preparations


Plan your course and enrol online

Once you’ve accepted your offer you’ll need to start thinking about how your course is structured and the choices available to you. We've outlined some of the things you need to know to plan your course.

You'll then need to complete an online task to enrol in your course. This includes choosing your subjects, paying your fees and applying for your student card.

Find out when enrolment opens and what you’ll need to do.


Join our Welcome Program

Our Welcome Program is a series of events and information sessions, held at the start of semester, to welcome you to the University and introduce you to different aspects of University life.

Learn Welcome Program dates and what’s happening.


Log in to University systems and connect to wi-fi

Before classes start, familiarise yourself with the online systems you will use for your student admin, online learning and email. You’ll receive your UniKey when it’s time to enrol. This gives you access to a number of services you'll use regularly as a student and lets you connect to our wi-fi.

Find out more about logging into University systems.


Get your student card

Your student card is valid for the duration of your course and is an essential part of uni life. You’ll use it to borrow items from libraries, pay for printing, claim student travel concessions (where applicable), gain access to study spaces and many other purposes. If you are on campus this semester, it is important to bring your card with you, as you will need this to access buildings.

Find out how to get your student card.


Check your timetable

Each semester you will recieve a class timetable, which shows the times of your classes each week. You can make changes to your timetable until the end of Week 2.

Find out more about how to access and make changes to your timetable.


Check your key dates

If you need to make changes to your enrolment, make sure you are aware of your deadlines. There are deadlines for the last day to add a unit of study and a census date for each session.

Check your deadlines.


Access your unit of study outlines and log in to Canvas

Each unit you take has an accompanying unit of study outline, containing all the specifics you need to know to complete the unit. Access yours right away so you can find out which books, course readers and equipment you need (such as labcoats). It’s best to buy these early to avoid queues.

Canvas is the University's online learning platform. Log in to Canvas and familiarise yourself with your unit of study sites.


Find the services and support you need

Support is available from day one to graduation. Whether it’s general support you’re looking for or you have particular needs, we offer a range of services to make your university experience as smooth and rewarding as possible. This includes:


Connect with other students

To make the most of your time at university, we recommend checking out the student organisations that represent you. There are also plenty of clubs and societies for you to get involved in.


Prepare to start University

Once you have enrolled, you’ll be able to access our Life@Sydney site which will help you navigate your first semester. This is your go-to guide that will help you prepare for all aspects of your life at the University of Sydney. Through the Life@Sydney site, you’ll find out about student life, wellbeing, studying and getting set up in Sydney including how, where and when to access support. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about your strengths and motivations, as well as your rights and responsibilities as a student. 

If you are moving to Sydney for the first time, check out our advice for arriving and settling in.

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Last updated: 30 January 2024

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