The University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle is a great place to study, teach and research. At Newcastle they recognize the transformative power of education. Our commitment to our 35,500 students is that every day they strive to provide the best possible learning experience. They will work with our student body to ensure our programs are providing them with a strong start in their career and a degree that will have value for life.
They are growing. The University has expanded its infrastructure at Callaghan, the Newcastle city precinct and Ourimbah. In Port Macquarie, our partnership with TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute is strong; and our presence in Singapore and Sydney are increasing in reputation and stature.
Equity and access to education are important platforms for Newcastle. They have a proud tradition of providing greater access to higher education for disadvantaged groups. They are recognized as sector leaders in Indigenous participation. Newcastle has graduated about half of the Indigenous doctors in Australia, and in recent years have had the highest number of Indigenous students of any university in the country.
The International Office is located at the north western end of the Hunter Building, on the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus. We are H-10 on the campus map, opposite the Bar on the Hill with the main entrance facing the Student Services Building.
University of Newcastle,
Callaghan NSW 2308,
International Student Support
Accommodation at University of Newcastle
On campus accommodation provides a fun, safe and supportive community of students from different background and with varying interests. Our accommodation not only provides a place to live but a community where students can transition from home to society in a safe and supportive environment.
An exciting new development is under way at the University of Newcastle that will almost double on-campus student accommodation at Callaghan.
The two-year project to build four contemporary, multi-level apartment complexes will deliver an additional 778 beds to meet the high demand for affordable on-campus accommodation. The development will bring the total number of beds on campus to 1700.
The buildings will complement the unique bushland setting and have been designed in accordance with industry best-practice environmental principles.
The new development is part of a $100 million investment in student accommodation, which includes refurbishments to existing residences and additional parking for 400 vehicles.
Are you looking for an independent lifestyle, do you want to share a house or apartment with friends, live in the city or be close to beaches and cafes – then off campus accommodation is for you! Most suburbs are within cycling or walking distance to each campus or close to buses and train stations.
Important information for students about off campus accommodation
You do NOT need to apply for off campus accommodation before arriving. Off campus accommodation is entirely privately owned and is not controlled by the university.
We firmly advise the following :
- Do not sign any contracts for accommodation without first inspecting the property.
- Do not ask friends to secure accommodation before you arrive.
- Do not pay deposits or send money before physically sighting a property.
- Do not pay money through a funds transfer to someone you don’t know.
International Students: Be cautious of using wire transfer as a payment method because this payment may be very difficult to cancel by the time the fraud is reported.
Homestay is a popular choice of accommodation for international students.
Homestay provides international students with the opportunity to live in a home environment while studying at the University.
Homestay families provide a friendly environment where students have the opportunity to practice their language skills and form new friendships.
Homestay students arrive in Newcastle knowing there is a safe place to live with meals and utilities provided. All host families are carefully screened and happy to welcome students into their homes.
Sustainable Transport Management Plan
In 2012, the UoN completed a Strategic Transport Management Plan ( STMP ) for the Callaghan Campus. The development of the STMP commenced in 2011 and involved comprehensive consultation with internal and external key stakeholders.
The STMP addresses the UoN’s transport needs over the next 10 years and will form an integral part of its Campuses, Capital and IT plans. It covers all transport modes – walking, cycling, public transport, cars and parking.
- guide the UoN’s investment decisions in transport infrastructure and operations
- deliver sustainable transport options for UoN
- reduce traffic congestion within and approaching the Campus
- improve the management of demand for carparking
- provide a platform for communicating UoN’s direction in transport management to key stakeholders
As part of a commitment to water use efficiency, the University has been rolling out a program of improvement activities, including the installation of auto flush urinals and upgrades to building cooling towers. Additionally, with the help of federal funding under the Community Water Grants Program, a project has been implemented to capture site run off in dams for reuse in the watering of our sports ovals. This project has also led to the installation of automated level sensing to provide a better information support about the level of use.
Infrastructure and Services
Facilities Management is responsible for the operation of mail and courier services within the University. Services offered include management of internal and external mail, international and domestic courier services, reply paid services and limited mail consumables.
Emergencies and Security
Emergencies can occur at any time, and can arise from a number of causes including fire, chemical spills, gas leaks, medical emergencies, bomb threats and physical threats. The University has in place a number of procedures to respond to emergency situations should they arise.
Security Services Rapid Response
Rapid response is generally initiated when Security Services is contacted by staff, students or visitors via :
- a call to the emergency line 492 15888 ( Callaghan ) and 4348 4222 ( Central Coast )
- one of the Help Points located about campus
- any lift phone
- activation of a duress button ( where fitted )
- alarm notification, e g fire alarm.
Responses are managed from the Security Services Control Room and overseen by the Emergency and Security Manager.
The University Health Service is a fully accredited general practice staffed by doctors and nurses who understand the medical problems of students. The Health Service provides both emergency and routine medical care to all students and staff.
The Health Service is similar to a general doctors surgery, although we have a special interest in the health needs of students. Some of the areas in which we can help include:
- Treatment of illnesses and injuries
- Women’s Health care including Pap smears, pregnancy testing and advice, ante-natal care and advice on terminations
- Advice on contraception including the morning after pill
- Testing for sexually transmitted infections including HIV
- Travel immunisations and advice
- Immunisations required for students in health related courses
- Assistance with emotional and personal difficulties
- Pathology testing
- Referral to specialists, X-ray services or physiotherapy
- Skin Checks
Fees and Billing
Most consultations for international students with Overseas Student Health Cover are fully covered. For students with OSHC Worldcare, Medibank Private, ahm or NIB the Health Service is able to bill the insurance company directly, so you do not need to pay, but there may be costs for medications and vaccines. As well, if you need to see a specialist or have pathology tests or X-rays, part of the cost may not be covered by OSHC.
Special Consideration for Exams
When you are sick on the day of an exam or assessment, it is advisable to see a doctor that day. If you apply for special consideration, you will require a doctor’s certificate ( which cannot be backdated ), covering the day of the exam.
You may also apply for special consideration on the basis of illness at the time of preparation for an exam. In this case it is also necessary to be assessed by a doctor while you are sick, not afterwards.
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