Preparing to move

We can help you make the big task of moving countries that much easier.

Our Student Life at UNSW website has some great tips for preparing to move to Sydney. There is also a shorter online version. We have summarised some key information for you below.


You need to be able to cover yourself for tuition fees and living expenses. Make sure you are able to finance both, and land in the country with around AUD $2,000 to get you started. See our Cost of living page for more.


Do you know where you are going to live? If you are planning to apply for UNSW-related accommodation, send your application in as soon as you can. Places go quickly. Finding a private sharing arrangement or your own place is best done once you have landed. Give yourself at least 2-3 weeks to find your new home.


Once you have been accepted into UNSW and received your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), you are ready to apply for a visa. Most people need a student visa to study at UNSW. Check out our Visas page for more.

Things to bring
  • Passport with student visa
  • Letter of offer and electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE) issued via email
  • Receipts of payments (tuition fees, health cover, etc)
  • Letter of scholarship award (if applicable)
  • Original/certified copies of your academic transcripts
  • Supporting documentation if you want to receive credit for studies already completed
  • A dictionary for any English words you are unsure of
  • A converter. For all electrical goods you will require an Australian power adaptor
  • Warm clothing. Sydney does get cold
  • Your Student Life at UNSW guidebook

Before you leave, please give your friends and relatives the telephone number of International Student Services (+61 2 9385 5332) in case of any emergencies.

Things not to bring

Australia is geographically isolated with strict quarantine regulations that prohibit travellers from bringing most plant or animal products – and unprocessed food products – into Australia. Visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to check what you cannot bring into Australia. There are also certain items that cannot be sent to Australia by mail. Let your family and friends know what these are.

Arrival and orientation

Get picked up from the airport for a fee and attend new arrival workshops or a campus tour. Tthey can help take the stress out of settling in. Our International Student Welcome Centre has all the information you need to feel orientated, safe and well connected. And make sure you definitely attend orientation!