Autumn Intensive Schools are just around the corner, so here’s our list of things you need to know if this is your first time on campus.
For Armidale Campus
Buses: Edwards Coaches is the local provider so go here for the timetable and the latest bus route map.
IT: Here’s all the info you need to get access to the high-speed UNE network while you’re here (and yes you can arrange it before you leave home – Wired version and Wireless Version). If you’re having problems, you can contact the IT Service Desk via phone 1800 763 040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library: No doubt you’ll be using the Library while you’re here. Click on the link for information about the learning commons.
ID Cards: You’ll need a student ID card – if you haven’t sorted yours out yet, head on over to the ID Cards site, or alternatively, you can get one printed out by Safety and Security Located in the central courtyard – on the spot – when you get here (be sure to bring 100 points of ID with you).
Student Services: If you’d like to talk to someone about your degree, Unit selection, options, changes etc, drop into Dixson Library and book an appointment with one of the team at Student Services.
Parking: Make sure you park in the purple visitor parking bays prices are $8/day or $15/Week (probably the cheapest option). Don’t run the gauntlet, the fines are significant! All parking at UNE is now virtual. Purple virtual permits can be purchased from either a parking machine on campus, or via the Strada mobile app.
Flexi-teller: There’s a Commonwealth ATM located near Campus Essentials.
UNE Medical Centre: If you need to see a Doctor during your stay, you can book online here.
Getting from the train/plane to the Uni: Your best option is a taxi (02 6771 1455). There’s bound to be other students on your flight/train so please ask around and share the costs. If you are flying, the flight attendants will usually ask if you need a taxi in-flight, so you can organise a group booking then.
For Sydney Campus
UNE Sydney is located in Parramatta NSW and hosts some Intensive Schools, be sure to check your unit information to see whether your intensive school is running at Sydney campus before planning your visit.
We are ideally located right in the heart of Parramatta at 211 Church Street, just a short walk from Parramatta Station.
Here are some tips if this is your first time visiting us, for either a day visit or a weekend/multiple day intensive:
UNE Sydney Opening Hours:
While you are visiting, you are most welcome to use our facilities.
We are open Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 9:00pm, Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm and 10:00am – 6:00pm on the weekend. *Check times for public holidays as they may vary.
Unfortunately, there is no parking available, street parking in Church Street is metered and very limited; Erby Place carpark is 5 minutes away but can be costly for long stays. Westfield Parramatta is 2 blocks away with 3 hours free parking.
Parramatta station is a 25-30 minute train ride from Sydney’s Central Station (if you are flying in, there is a connection to Central from Sydney Airport and a short platform change to Parramatta, only about a 10 minute journey). NSW Transport has a handy app, TripView, available to help with public transport timetables.
Parramatta is a great place to explore on foot! We have plenty of maps of the city centre available to help you find your way around, and see our beautiful city, including Parramatta Park, Riverside and foreshore, and some of the historic landmarks. It’s safe and the main streets are well-patrolled at night.
It can be a little pricey to stay in the hotels in Parramatta, but can be cost-effective if you can try to share a room. The nearest hotels are Parkroyal, Novotel and Mantra, with Meriton and Fiori both offering serviced apartments. It’s best to book in advance and check websites to get the best deal possible.
Alternatively, we do have a reciprocal agreement with Western Sydney University (WSU), located at Rydalmere (https://www.mystudentvillage.com/au/westernsydneyuv/). It is approximately $70/$75 per night for ‘short stay’ accommodation. The accommodation is of a great standard and the shuttle bus service that the WSU campus operates brings anyone in from their campus and drops them off at their Parramatta city campus in George Street – about a 2 minute walk from UNE Sydney.
Food and Shopping
UNE Sydney is in the heart of Parramatta. Westfield Parramatta is 2 blocks away and is huge! ‘Eat Street’ is Parramatta’s most popular eating hub, with restaurants and cafés only a block or two away on Church and Phillip Streets. It is a vibrant showcase of the various cultures that abound in Parramatta and well worth the visit! Check out what is available here.
Even better, the Parramatta Farmers Markets are on every Wednesday and there is an astounding and delicious array of food to choose from.
Food and Drinks
UNE Sydney has tea, coffee and chilled filtered water available for all its students and visitors, as well as a small fridge and microwave, if needed. There are supermarkets and a 7-Eleven nearby as well.
A must for all students it seems! If you feel the need to top up on the free coffee we have available, there are some excellent cafes very closeby. Ask our friendly staff for their favourite brew-provider!
While you are at UNE Sydney, you will have access to our high-speed network via eduroam. You can also use our printer (by uploading credit to your UNE Student ID card or account), iPads and any other technology we have available.
Student ID Cards
While you won’t actually need an ID card while you are visiting us, it is a good idea if you want to print. The application form is online and Security will send it to your nominated address in the post.
There is a Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, IMB, Westpac, SCU and Bendigo Bank all in our block, all with ATMs, and other institutions nearby at Westfield.
On arrival, we ask you to go straight to 211 Church St. We will have a friendly staff member at reception. If you get the chance, Parramatta is a wonderful city to explore, with a vibrant café and restaurant culture, fascinating historical landmarks and great shopping.
The Parramatta Ferry provides a gorgeous alternative if you are travelling into the city for sightseeing and is not too far away. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to UNE Sydney!
Additional information about Intensive Schools at UNE is avaiable on our website.
UNE Student Experience wishes you all the very best for your intensive schools this Autumn!