UTS College takes your safety very seriously. During Orientation and Academic Preparation Week, you will be given a STAYSAFE card which gives you telephone numbers to call in case of an emergency or you are concerned for your safety.
UTS College and UTS have security guards located in all buildings. After business hours, when UTS College is closed, you can call UTS Security on 1800 249 559.
The emergency number in Australia is 'Triple Zero' for police, fire or ambulance emergencies. Calls to 000 (triple zero) are free of charge.
One of the biggest hurdles some students have to overcome is adapting to cooking for themselves.
Learning to cook is essential for making your living allowances go further. Many ingredients and sauces that you are used to at home are readily available in local supermarkets and specialty shops. And some ingredients such as meat may be cheaper here than where you are from.
International students often spend many hours online, on their computers and/or mobile phone. However, the use of online devices carries risks and it is important for all students to protect themselves online. Australia is a world leader in identifying online abuse, with its eSafety Commissioner website established to protect students and young people online.
When using the internet, like anywhere in the world, you should protect yourself against spam, online scams like 'phishing', online bullying and identity theft. You can find resources and more information about protecting yourself online and reporting abuse at Australia.gov.au and www.esafety.gov.au. Many Australian internet service providers also offer guidance so check their website as well.
It is important to stay connected with your family and friends at home. Let them know how you are settling into student life in Sydney. Ask for advice about dealing with new situations or problems you face.
Your computer and mobile phone are essential tools for staying connected with your family and friends at home (as well as new friends. If you’re an international student make sure that you have a mobile phone plan or a phone card that will allow lower cost calls to your home country. It is also important for you to have wifi access, at a reasonable price, where you are living.