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Arriving in Sydney

Starting university in a new city or country is exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. To help you settle in to life in Sydney, here are some things you can do before you move and once you arrive.


Congratulations on accepting your offer to study at the University of Sydney! Now it’s time to plan and prepare for your big move to Sydney. Here’s what you need to do before and when you arrive. 

If you have any questions about how to prepare for life in Sydney or at university, you can speak with one of our Peer Support Advisors who are current University students or fill out the Living in Sydney enquiry form

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. 


Prepare for your move

Set yourself up for success by planning your move ahead of time.

We have outlined some of the key things you'll need to think about - everything from booking your flights and airport transport from the airport, to ensuring you enrol on time and connect with our online community.


Arriving in Sydney

Make getting to Sydney a breeze. Make sure you plan your arrival, including knowing how to get from the airport to your accommodation, as well as set yourself up with essentials like a SIM card for your phone and bank account.


Settle in to life in Sydney

Once you’ve arrived in Sydney, it’s time to explore and settle in. We've pulled together some advice about how you can meet fellow students, familiarise yourself with our campuses and stay safe in your new home.

We're here for you as soon as you land

If you are arriving from overseas, there is support available for you from the moment you touch down in Sydney. You can speak to someone at the airport, get a shuttle to your new home, and stop in at our international student Welcome Hub.

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Last updated: 19 January 2024

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