Your guide to all the important things you must do before you leave, plus some tips to help you when you first arrive in Sydney.

1. Pre-departure checklist

It’s almost time to depart! Here’s what you should do before leaving home.

  • Arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

You need to arrange OSHC before you apply for your student visa.

  • Apply for your visa

Your Student Visa Application must be submitted no later than six (6) weeks prior to class commencement.

  • Organise accommodation

UTS College students have the flexibility of choosing a range of accommodation options that suit their needs.

  • Evaluate your living costs

Use our living costs page to roughly estimate the cost of living in Sydney.

  • Plan your travel

Confirm your flight itinerary and arrival with UTS College.

2. What to pack in your bags

There are a few essential items you should bring with you to Australia. Take a look at the full list of items to pack.

3. Arrival Checklist

Welcome to Sydney! Here’s a list our tips and resources to help you settle into your new home in your first week:

  • Your first week in Sydney

Here is a checklist get you set up for life in Sydney.

  • Staying safe

Practical information to help you stay safe in your new city.

  • Getting around

Take a look at your transport options.

  • Things to see and do

Check out a list of sights and activities.

  • Ways to make friends

One of the best ways to meet new people is getting involved in groups and activities.

  • Working while studying

Find out more about how you can work while studying in Australia.

4. Contacts details for assistance

Student Centre

UTS Building 5, Block C, Level 1 (Ground Floor)
1-59 Quay Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
Monday to Friday (9am-5pm)
Except Public Holidays

Phone: +61 2 9218 8666


Emergency Contacts

UTS College Campus Security Enquiries:  02 9218 7090
UTS Security (Emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week): 1800 249 559
UTS Health & Counselling:  02 9514 1177
Police/Ambulance/Fire: 000 (Triple zero)
Police (General): 131444
UTS College Accommodation:  02 9056 4354
UTS College Emergency Welfare:  02 9218 4911
UTS Sexual Assault Support Line: 1800 531 626
Alcohol & Drug Counselling: 1800 250 015
NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511