Moving in checklist - before you arrive

We are looking forward to your arrival at ANU Residence! You may find some helpful information right here that you should be aware of before you arrive. To make sure you're prepared to move in, take some time to read through this page.


Moving in date

The move-in dates for the student residences vary depending on location. You will need to refer to your accommodation offer email for your particular contract start date.

Please contact your residence if you plan on arriving before or after the contract start date to make arrangements.

If you arrive early and your accommodation is not available we can help you seek temporary accommodation until your room is ready.

Accompanying family members are welcome to stay for the first week to help you settle in, however they will need to locate temporary accommodation in one of the nearby hotels and motels.


Before you arrive

Plan your travels

The ANU welcome service provides free Canberra airport pick-up to commencing international, domestic and eligible students on select days prior to and during orientation week. The service will operate from 10 AM -  1 PM from Canberra airport. Students who have registered for the service will be provided with free transportation to their accommodation in Canberra. Registrations and further information on operational hours can be found at:

Explore financial support options

You might be eligible for financial support under Centrelink, depending on your circumstances. Explore your options to understand more. There are also a number of bursaries and scholarships to provide support with the University accommodation costs and other support options can be found here.


What to bring?

Get ready to set up your home away from home. All residences contain your bed (with mattress protector), wardrobe, desk, chair, and a sink. You should bring your clothes, toiletries, sheets and blankets/duvet. If you are going to be living in a self-catered residence you should also bring your cooking utensils and equipment. 

Following is a guide on what you should need:


Clothing (for all seasons)

(Including warm summers and cold winters)

Plug converters

(International students)

Coat hangers

Laptop/PC/gaming devices 

Wet-weather clothing

Chargers and converters/adapters


Data cables


Bath towels




Washing powder

(Some residences have front loaders, so check before buying)

Cooking utensils

(Self-catered residences)

Laundry hamper



Clock Radio

Gym gear

Hair dryer/curling tongs/straightener


Small fridge

(Some residences may have, so check before buying)

Bicycle/form of transport 


(Some common areas have, so check before buying)

Mementos from home


What not to bring

Due to fire risk the following items are not permitted:

  • Heaters
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Electric blankets
  • Additional furniture

Pets/animals of any type are not permitted in any ANU Residence.


Residential Handbook

The Residential Handbook aims to provide residents with a reference to policies, procedures, administration and facilities for each Residence. The Handbook forms part of your Occupancy Agreement so we urge you to read it carefully. Please direct any enquiries to the front office at the Residence in which you reside. The Residential Handbook may be reviewed and/or amended at any time, only students under contract will be notified of changes.

Residential Handbook

Residential Handbook
(PDF, 2.08 MB)

Room Guides

There are several important things that you will need to know about your room before you move in. The complete guide to operating the furniture and fittings in your room.


Consent Matters

Completing the Consent Matters online module is an important part of ANU’s commitment to our campus being a safe and welcoming environment for all. You will need to complete these learning modules before your arrival, and before joining in with the social and campus familiarisation activities planned for Orientation Week.

Please access the Consent Matters training on Wattle.



ANU offers limited paid parking. If you intend on bringing a car you should discuss with ANU parking prior to arrival at With reliable public transport, short distances and great cycling facilities, we encourage you not to bring a car.

Transportation is easily accessible being so close to the city; buses, Uber, taxi services and the tram are all great forms of travel. The services are reliable and timely. There are walking tracks close by with some of the best views of Canberra. If you like to hike, Black Mountain Tower is on your doorstep.

In Canberra we also have access to e-scooters. These e-scooters, or electric scooters use a rechargeable battery as a power source. You can also choose car sharing services provided by Flexicar and bike share services at the Acton campus. For more information about these services, please refer to: Carshare Scheme and Bike share