Prepare for life at ANU

Apply for on campus accommodation

If you haven't applied for on campus accommodation, do this immediately, as on-campus accommodation is in high demand.

  • First Year Undergraduate Students must accept their academic offer and pay the deposit by the due date to be eligible for the university accommodation guarantee.
  • Postgraduate students can apply for on campus accommodation but should be prepared to search for off-campus accommodation.

If you do not have accommodation use the resources available on the ANU accommodation page for other accommodation options (including temporary ones) and do some research before you depart for Canberra.

Log on to Wattle

Use your student ID number sent to you in your welcome email, and the following separate email containing your password to login Wattle (Web Access To Teaching & Learning Environments). Wattle is an online learning environment used by all ANU students to provide a set of tools to facilitate learning, communication and collaboration, and can be used to make lecture notes, readings, digital lecture recordings and other learning resources available to your students online.

Wattle consists of Moodle as the main underpinning platform, augmented with other online learning facilities such as Digital Lecture Delivery (DLD), Wimba Voice Tools (audio and voice recording tools) and Adobe Connect (video conferencing tool).

We are aware that some students have not received the email containing their password. If you have experienced this issue, please contact ANU IT Support at 02 6125 4321 and follow the prompts (1, 2) to reset your password.

If you are not currently in Australia and haven't received the email containing your password after your welcome email, please email ANU IT Services on servicedesk@anu.edu.au from the email address you provided in your application and they will contact you directly to provide a new password. In your email you MUST provide them with the following information: 

  • Your university ID number
  • Your full name
  • Your best contact number (including the international dialling code)
  • The best time to call you between 9am-5pm in Australia (UTC+10:00)

Join a dynamic on-campus community

Griffin Hall enables ANU students who live off-campus to be part of a dynamic on-campus community, and to participate in inter-hall arts, sports and social activities along side students who live in the on campus residences.

By being a member you are able to participate in the interhall sports and arts competitions, get academic and pastoral support, attend interhall bar nights, go to various social and study events throughout the year and you end up making loads of friends. The common room is right in the middle of campus, above Union Court and next to Manning Clark. To be eligible for membership you must not be a member of another residential hall, college or be at Unilodge.

Griffin Hall has additional O-Week programs for its members - check out the Facebook page below. There's also a limit of 350 members per year and membership costs $200 for a full year or $120 per semester. Registration enquiries: griffinhall@anu.edu.au

Student associations and related departments

ANU Students' Association(ANUSA)

ANUSA is the representative body for all undergraduate students at ANU. If you are starting at ANU as an undergraduate student you are automatically a member of ANUSA. ANUSA focuses on welfare, advocacy and social life for students. They run a large number of social events during O-week and throughout the year.

There are also seven ANUSA Departments:

ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)

PARSA is the representative body for all postgraduate students at the ANU, with all postgraduate students automatically being members. They focus on social life, welfare and advocacy for postgraduate students both in their studies and their daily lives.

Student-elected postgraduate students make up the PARSA Committee and run social events that are free or low-cost, represent postgraduate students in university committees, provide feedback to the university from postgraduate students, act as a communicative body to students to let them know about issues and changes that may affect them, as well as represent individual students in any problems they may have at the ANU. There is a Women's, Indigenous, International and Equity Officer to advocate for students and resolve any issues that may arise for postgraduate students at university.

Welfare and legal services

ANUSA provides a number of free advocacy services to undergraduate students. You can visit their office for free, confidential legal service with one of the lawyers or visit one of the Student Assistance Officers for advice on Centrelink, bursaries and scholarships, taxation and community services.

PARSA provide a range of student help services for Postgraduate students including legal assistance, financial aid, as well as assistance in students' personal life and studies.

Further information