International Students checklist

We are looking forward to welcome you to our ANU community! To help you prepare for your arrival, we have put together some information about arrival preparation, planning and what you can expect when you arrive in Canberra. We strongly encourage all commencing international students to review this information prior to coming to Australia. 


Before you arrive


Organise your student visa

When you have accepted your offer to study at ANU, you need to apply for your student visa. It is important to understand that ANU does NOT grant or cancel visas. The Department of Home Affairs have sole discretion over all visas. Visa applications can be made online or through an agent of your choosing. For more information:

Understand how to pay your international tuition fees 

  • There are many ways in which you can pay your ANU tuition fees online, including:
  • Western Union Business Solutions (WUBS)
  • Mastercard and Visa card
  • BPAY

For more information and detailed instructions on paying your fees, please refer to the page below: 

Hold a valid OSHC 

It is a condition of an Australian student visa that student holds valid overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their study in Australia.  OSHC is a private health care arrangement which helps cover the costs of medical treatments should you get sick or have an accident. More information:   

Have a valid passport  
Check that your passport is valid for at least six months prior to your arrival in Australia. There are embassies and consulates located in Canberra who may be able to assist you with passport renewal. However, bear in mind that processing time and services may vary. You will need to contact your embassies directly for further information on passport renewal.   
Activate your ANU email  
After you have accepted your ANU offer, you will receive further information via email from the University about your ANU student ID, email and other information you need to know to welcome you to ANU. You will usually receive this email at least a month before orientation week. Keep an eye on your email for important information from ANU.  
Attend pre-departure induction (online)
Pre-departure induction is designed to help you prepare for your arrival to Canberra and be O-Week ready by the time you arrive at ANU. All new international students are strongly encouraged to attend this webinar: 
Register here: 
Under 18? Register with ANU Access and Inclusions
All international students who will be under 18 years of age when commencing studies at ANU must register with Access & Inclusion. If you belong to this age group, please refer to this page for more information:


It is important to allow enough time to organise your accommodation in Canberra. If you are applying for on-campus accommodation, make sure to complete and submit your application before the deadline:  
ANU guarantees an offer of accommodation in one of our residences for first-year, first-semester international undergraduate students.

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.


Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, border restrictions and entry requirements can change from time to time. Please read the Australian Government online checklist of actions you should take in preparation for arriving in Australia.


Canberra has a range of affordable retail stores and multicultural grocery shops, offering a wide range of items you may need to make yourself at home. You can buy most items at a reasonable price in Canberra, so prioritise bringing the essentials like the below:

  • scanned copy of your travel documents, including visa, passport and eCOE.
  • Australian currency to get you started*
  • Snacks or select food from home
  • Toiletry products you may need
  • Climate appropriate clothing - Universal travel adaptor

Most retail and supermarket chains in Australia do have online stores. It is a good idea to browse through their webpages to understand prices and items that are available in Australia. Examples of major supermarket and household retail stores include: Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Target and Kmart.

*Australia has strict biosecurity control. Understand what you can and cannot bring to Australia. There are limits on certain items you can bring such as maximum amount of cash you can bring and the types of food products you can bring in. Check what you can bring to Australia here:


There are no direct international flights to Canberra. There are several options to get to Canberra, including domestic air travel, bus, train and private transport. Most students opt to travel to Canberra via domestic air travel or bus from Sydney or Melbourne.


Domestic flight Canberra is an hour away from Sydney and Melbourne by air. You will need to make your way from the international terminal to domestic terminal if you opt to take domestic flight to Canberra. International customs will need to be cleared at your port of arrival before you can take your domestic flight. This means that you will need to take your luggage with you when moving from international to domestic terminal. Sydney airport is one the biggest airports in Australia. It is not possible to walk between Sydney’s international and domestic terminals.

There are free shuttle buses operating between the two terminals that you can utilise to assist you with your transfer. Melbourne airport is smaller in comparison. The international terminal is a short walk from the domestic terminal.


Bus to Canberra Canberra is 3.5 hours bus trip away from Sydney and about 7.5 hours bus trip away from Melbourne. Many students opt to travel via bus from Sydney to Canberra. The bus terminal is located outside Sydney domestic airport terminal. For more information on Sydney-Canberra bus services:

Murrays bus:
Greyhound bus:

Both services depart from Sydney airport and arrive in the Canberra Jolimont Bus Station, which is only 2 km away from ANU.


Free Canberra airport pick-up service is available to commencing international students arriving in Canberra the week before and during Orientation Week. This service operates from 10 AM – 4 PM on select days. Registrations and further information on operational hours can be found on:


There are various online modules designed to help you prepare for your time in the University. Depending on where your circumstances, you might be required to complete some of the modules below:

ANU1001 is designed to provide you with the necessary information you need to get started at ANU. It contains information on enrolment, orientation-week, timetabling, your college/s and support services at ANU.

Consent Matters
This module provides guidance and information on understanding sexual consent and when it can be given through scenarios that will help you make informed decisions. If you live on-campus accommodation, you will be required to complete this module prior to your move-in date.

International Student Success Module
Studying in a different country can be both exciting and confusing. Normal activities like crossing a street, taking public transport and shopping, can be different from home. This online course provides an overview on cultural aspects of living and studying in Australia.

Academic Integrity
This module introduces you to academic integrity standards in Australia and at ANU so that you are informed about how to avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct.

Being well, living well
Developed in collaboration with mental health experts, higher education professionals, and university students and staff, this interactive module provides an overview on maintaining your mental, physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.



When you arrive 



All new students must complete enrolment to be able to start studying your courses. Enrolment is done via 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:


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). Wattle will host important information about course outline, course materials, assessments, lecture information and many more.



Your ANU student ID will allow you to access buildings, printers, borrow books from the library, access concession fares and use other amenities. Once you have enrolled in your courses, you can make your student card at ANU Student Central:


If you are looking to purchase a sim card, a good place to start is Canberra Centre  - a shopping mall located two kilometres away from ANU campus. You will need to take some ID with you to open a mobile phone account. Mobile phone providers available at Canberra Centre include:


When you first arrive, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with Australian health care system as it might be different to that of home. As an international student, you are required to hold an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) during your time in Australia. Information on OSHC will covered at international pre-departure induction before orientation week. 

If you require further assistance to understand your policy coverage and claim information, Allianz OSHC representative is available on campus at Di Riddell Student Centre.


To open a bank account, you will be required to provide a list of documentations, including passport, your confirmation of enrolment, proof of address or residence, and other documentations as requested. Please refer to your preferred bank's webpages for more information. 

The Commonwealth Bank is located at Kambri, ANU. There are other banks located near the University, including:


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:

Join clubs, societies or communities that are of interest to you. Most student groups and communities usually host events throughout the semester. Market day is a great opportunity to meet various communities on campus. There are usually stalls of student groups on campus on the Wednesday of orientation week - this is called Market Day. You can also look at events, activities and communities via the below:


Moving overseas is a big deal. It can be an amazing experience but there will be lots of new things for you to figure out. ANU has a team of International Student Advisors (ISAs), who can help you navigate through your new life in Australia and point you to the right direction for further support or information. 

If you want to make an appointment to chat to an ISA, you can book a slot online or visit our drop-in space on campus. No question is too big or too small for us. More information: