The Australian Government announced that it will rebate the visa costs for any international student arriving in Australia from 19 January 2022. This will only apply to students arriving in Australia for the next 8 weeks. Students must have arrived in Australia to claim the rebate. The visa application fees will be rebated through the Department of Home Affairs.
New Vaccines Approved
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recognised two additional COVID-19 vaccines for international travellers entering Australia. Travellers who have had two doses of the Gamaleya Research Institute Sputnik V and Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid vaccine will now be permitted to enter Australia.
Return to Australia Information Sessions
Are you an International Student who is returning or considering returning to Australia to study?
Make sure you register for one of our Return to Australia webinars for information about the options for returning to Australia and the steps involved.
Meet some of your fellow students going through the same process and ask any questions you have!
Your return to Australia questions answered!
There’s a lot to remember and organise when travelling internationally now and the team at UNSW are here to help you! In order to make sure you have everything in place for a safe return to Australia we recommend using this pre-flight checklist to ensure you do everything you need to be able to successfully board your flight and enter the country.
If you would like some support with booking your flights to Australia, please complete the form below and someone from the UNSW Travel team will be in contact within 48 hours.
On-campus accommodation options
Living on campus can be a great experience. Apart from being close to class, college life is a great social experience, living with other students from all around the world you will get to make the most of your Australian experience and create lifelong friendships.
Off-campus accommodation options
Finding accommodation off campus can be difficult as you often can’t be sure if what you have found is a reputable accommodation provider. To help you with this we have two websites we recommend for finding reasonably priced accommodation off-campus.
Have you confirmed with your accommodation that you will be able to isolate for 72 hours?
If you have signed a contract with one of the UNSW Accommodation providers (see above) you will be offered your 72 hour isolation as a part of your contract.
It’s best to check before departing your country of origin that your accommodation will allow you to isolate on arrival.
If you are having any issues and need to arrange some short term accommodation, Quest Apartments is a good option, with a UNSW discount code available to students. Click here to access the discount code.
UNSW recommends that you consider Medibank for your OSHC cover. Medibank is our preferred supplier who offers Comprehensive OSHC exclusively to UNSW. It is a market-leading product that provides additional cover and support above student visa requirements for all course types. To purchase, or for more information, click here.
While UNSW recommends Medibank Comprehensive OSHC cover as our preferred supplier, you are not obligated to purchase cover with Medibank and can obtain OSHC from any approved healthcare provider. View a list of providers.
Travel has changed a lot and it’s important that you keep up to date with everything you need to do to ensure you are eligible for entry into Australia.
Travel restrictions | Visit this site for up-to-date information based on your country of origin and destination. See travel restrictions.
Vaccination requirements | Visit this site to make sure you have an Australian Government Approved Vaccination to enter the country and that you know what your certificate needs to include to ensure it is valid. See vaccination requirements.
Visa requirements | Do you have your VISA and COE sorted? If not, get information on what to do and how to get help from the Student Life Team.
Check out our COVID FAQs.
Looking for a place to meet other international students studying at UNSW? There are some great options available for you:
Join our International Students Discord Server! Join our virtual community for international students that are in Australia AND overseas. Play games, watch movies, listen to music together, find study partners or even watch sporting events together!
Connect with a Peer Mentor! A peer support program can help make the start of your new life as a student feel less overwhelming and more exciting!
It's important to stay vigilant about the security of your personal information. If you’re unsure about any type of travel offer please check it further before you provide your personal details.
We've put together some helpful information and contacts - find them here.
Supporting the student life initiatives you want
Our UNSW Clubs and Societies are a vital part of your student experience outside the classroom. Joining a club is a great way to make friends, get active, and make the most of your time at university. UNSW's Student Wellbeing team collaborated with Arc to give grants to some incredible initiatives from clubs & socs.
If you're feeling nervous, lonely, stressed, or depressed, you can call the following services any time of day or night.
Students not in Australia, call Medibank’s 24/7 Health and Support Line: +61 (2) 8905 0307
Students in Australia, call UNSW Mental Health Support Line: 1300 787 026