Prepare for Arrival and Orientation Week Information

Congratulations on joining ANU! We are looking forward to meeting on you on campus! To ensure that you are ready for your time in ANU, read through information below to help you prepare for your arrival and for the start of your semester in ANU.

1. Find a Place to Stay

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Once you have accepted your offer, you need to plan where you'd like to live. If you plan to live on-campus, make sure to apply for campus accommodation. There are various options catering to different needs. Places are limited so make sure to apply as soon as you can. For more information:

If you plant to live outside campus, you will need to look for your own accommodation through rental agencies and online platforms.

2. Familiarise Yourself with Canberra and ANU 

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  • Check out the Visit Canberra website to get a feel for the city that you'll call home for the next few years.
  • Watch this Campus Tour video to get a better idea of what your new campus look like.


3. What Should I Pack?

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Clothes for all seasons! Canberra is hot in summer but quite cold in winter (we have 35 degree Celcius summer and -1 degree Celcius winter).


December is the middle of the Australian summer, while July is the middle of winter. If you have too much to bring, consider shipping/mailing the things which you won't need immediately.

If you are staying in a non-catered hall, you may want to bring your most essential cutlery and cooking utensils as these are not provided. (Other cooking utensils can be purchased from nearby stores during your first few days in Canberra.)

If you are an international student, you may also need to bring electrical adaptor(s) and voltage converter(s). Please check these online. A starting reference can be found on Trip Advisor's power and appliances guide.


4. Book an Airport and Jollimont Pick up Service

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The ANU Engagement and Success team offers a free 'Airport Welcome' service. Please check the Airport Welcome page for more information and to register for this service. If you arrive arriving outside the window of this service, you will need to seek for alternative transport options.


5. Read Student Check-lists 

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Our team has prepared checklists tailored to various groups of students to assist you to get ready for university life.

- International Student Checklist
- Domestic Student Checklist
- Postgraduate Student Checklist


6. Complete ANU1001 and Consent Matters Online Module

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ANU1001 contains important information about academic colleges, student associations and academic support as well as enrolment and your rights and responsibilities on campus. Completing this module is your chance to get all the essential information about studying at ANU in one place. Complete this module now:

Consent Matters  
Consent Matters is compulsory online module for all students. This module can be completed through Wattle (more information about wattle in section 9). The online module explores the nature of sexual consent, how to recognise it and how to identify situations where it can't be given. The module also encourages participants to recognise the importance of good communication, clear boundaries and mutual respect within sex and relationships. The principles of bystander intervention, particularly when and how to intervene, are also explored.

Students living on-campus will not be able to check in to their halls or lodges if they have not completed this module. 


7. Check your Email for Important Information

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Now that you are an ANU student, make sure to check your email regularly. You will receive the following email before your commencement in ANU:

  • Email containing your University ID and Password
  • Welcome Emails containing information about: enrolment, Orientation Week, administrative tasks, timetabling and many more


8. Attend Orientation Week

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Orientation Week (O-Week) takes place one week before the start of your ANU semester. Events and activities during O-Week are designed to help you prepare for and settle into life as an ANU student.

All Orientation Week events are listed on Orientation Week Website 

You will receive an email reminder from us 1 month before the semester about Orientation Week and other important information.  

We strongly recommend that you prioritize attending induction sessions run by your Academic colleges, Survive and Thrive Sessions and International Student sessions (if applicable to you)


9. Find, Access and Enrol in Your Courses 

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Enrolment Information
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. We will send email reminders to you in our welcome emails. For more information about enrolling, please refer to Student Central's enrolment information.

Finding courses
Have a look at the Programs and Courses website and choose your courses. Students intending to study at the ANU during Semester 1 and 2 should enrol for the entire academic year. If you need additional advice speak with a Program and Course Advisor in your Academic College. Please contact your ANU Academic Colleges to arrange a meeting before coursework commences.

Access your courses
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. 

How to access your courses via Wattle?
Use your student ID number sent to you in your welcome email. You will also receive a separate email containing your password to login Wattle 

What if you have not received your password?
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 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)
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