Welcome to ANU! We are looking forward to welcoming you to our ANU community. To help you prepare for your arrival, we have put together this checklist containing important information about arrival preparation, student administration and what you can expect when you arrive in Canberra.
Before you start, you will first need to accept your ANU offer. Once you have done so, you can start preparing for your arrival. We strongly encourage all commencing students to review this information prior to commencing studies at ANU.
Once you’ve accepted your offer
ORGANISE YOUR ACCOMMODATION
If you are looking to live off-campus, there are several options you can consider. The rental market in Canberra can be very competitive, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to secure an accommodation. For tips on finding off-campus accommodation, please refer to the ANUSA’s housing tips page.
PLAN YOUR TRAVELS
ANU offers a free Canberra airport welcome for commencing domestic and international students arriving in Canberra the week before and during Orientation Week. Registrations and further information on operational hours can be found on the Canberra Airport welcome service page.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN AUSTRALIAN TAX FILE NUMBER (TFN)
EXPLORE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OPTIONS
You might be eligible for financial support under Centrelink, depending on your circumstances. Explore your options to understand more. There are also a number of bursaries and scholarships to provide support with the University accommodation costs and other support options can be found here.
EXPLORE YOUR COURSE OPTIONS
Prior to enrolment, it's important to learn all about your degree on the Programs and Courses website. This website will provide you with information on program requirements and learning outcomes, to the courses that you'll study and career options. To find your program page, type in and select the degree that you are studying into the search bar.
- ANU Express, Medical School, and Military Law students will be emailed alternative enrolment instructions.
- Graduate Studies Select students will follow the alternative enrolment instructions located on the GSS website.
- Crawford School students should attend the Crawford induction session to enrol.
REGISTER AND ATTEND OUR PRE-ARRIVAL SESSIONS
SAVE THE DATE FOR O-WEEK
O-Week occurs the week prior to Week 1 of classes. It's the perfect opportunity to connect with other students, meet your colleges and find out about the social and support services on offer at ANU.
O-Week is filled with a range of fun and informative events, so make sure you check the events page to find out what is happening and register for the events you are interested in.
WHO TO CONTACT FOR HELP WITH ADMINISTRATION
COMPLETE THE ESSENTIAL MODULES
Before you begin your studies at ANU, you will need to complete these essential modules. They’ll help you settle in, understand academic integrity, respect others and feel safe on campus. There are various online modules designed to help you prepare for your time in the University.
ENROL IN YOUR COURSES
All new students must complete enrolment to be able to start studying your courses. Enrolment is done via the Interactive Student Information System (ISIS) isis.anu.edu.au. Once you have enrolled, you will then be able to access your course materials via WATTLE and obtain your ANU student ID card.
Before you enrol
Familiarise yourself with your degree requirements. It is a good idea to find out which courses you need to enrol in. Have a look at the Programs and Courses website for your program and course information.
If you need additional advice speak with college advisor from your academic college. Some colleges provide course advice information via emails to your ANU email accounts. Refer to the college pages below to view available study plans, program planning advice and contact information:
- ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- ANU College of Business and Economics
- ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- ANU College of Law
- ANU College of Science
- ANU College of Health and Medicine
- ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
When you are ready to enrol
All new students must enrol in courses by the second teaching week in the semester. If you do not enrol in courses, you will not be able to attend and access your classes. For more information on how to enrol, please refer to Student Central's enrolment information.
After you enrol
Once you have completed your enrolment, you can access your course materials via Wattle (Web Access to Teaching & Learning Environment) and pick up your student ID. Wattle will host important information about course outline, course materials, assessments, lecture information and many more.
BUILD YOUR TIMETABLE AND SIGN UP FOR TUTORIALS
SIGN UP FOR A STUDENT MENTOR
JOIN ANU STUDENT FACEBOOK GROUPS TO CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS
Before you arrive you might want to start connecting with fellow new students. There are three student Facebook groups:
- New@ANU is ANUSA’s student-run Facebook group designed to help new and commencing undergraduate students transition into university life.
- ANU International and remote students group is ANUSA's student-run Facebook group dedicated for international students at ANU. The group is intended for information-sharing and opportunities specific for international and remote students.
During O-Week… and beyond
GET YOUR STUDENT CARD
ATTEND NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SESSION
This session will draw on expert advice and lived experiences to help you understand key processes, available support and tips to prepare for your journey at ANU. Refer to the orientation week events section for more information
TAKE A TOUR
Joining a campus tour during O-Week is a great way to get to know others and understand where key places and services are located.
MEET YOUR COLLEGE
During O-Week, Academic Colleges will be holding events for you to meet your cohort and find out more about your college.
ATTEND ORIENTATION WEEK EVENTS AND SIGN UP FOR SOCIAL PROGRAMS
An important part of settling into your new life is establishing connections and familiarising yourself with University environment. There are many ways to do this including:
Attend Orientation Week to get course advice from your academic college, assistance with timetabling, meet support services at ANU and for opportunity to meet fellow new students at various social events. You can find orientation week events on this webpage.
ORGANISE YOUR PARKING PERMIT
If you plan to drive your car to ANU, it is important to know the parking rules and regulations. The University offers various types of parking options to staff, students and campus visitors. Parking options include hourly parking, surface permit parking and parking station permits. Be sure to come in early as there are limited parking spaces on campus.
Students with a Government Disability Parking Permit can apply for ANU Disability Parking Permit in order to use accessible parking spaces on campus, free parking and extended parking times. For parking costs, eligibility, information on where to park and to purchase a permit click here.