If our FAQs section wasn't enough, here is some extra information about living on campus.
What to bring with you
When you move-in College you only need to bring your personal effects with you. To help you pack, make sure you have the following items in your suitcase:
- Licence/photo ID
- Bedding, including sheets, pillows, blanket, etc
- Clothes hangers
- Mosquito repellent
- Study stationery
How to check into your room
In your offer pack you will be notified of the move-in date. To check in and pick up your room key, you need to go directly to the Accommodation Services office on the nominated day - Edwards Hall (Callaghan campus), Student Services (Ourimbah campus), to collect your room key and residential assistants will be able to show you where you room is and introduce you to college life.
All colleges have bike sheds where students can store their set of environmentally friendly wheels. Excellent bike pathways link residential areas to all buildings on main campus and residents are encouraged to use bikes as an alternative means of transport.
How clean your room is will depend only on how well you clean it. It is your responsibility to keep your bedroom and shared living areas clean and well maintained. Bathrooms are cleaned by professional cleaners regularly.
Insurance of Personal Property
We encourage all residents to take out their own insurance policy to cover their personal belongings in the college. Accommodation Services do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal property of college residents.
All of the colleges have laundry facilities including automatic washing machines, tumble dryers and outside clothes lines for those delicate items. These facilities are free to use, you just need to purchase your own cleaning products (e.g. washing power etc).
Orientation Week (O week) is held the week prior to the start of each academic semester, teaching students how to be residents. It also provides an opportunity for new residents to meet each other as well as the residential staff. This week includes activities, talks and tours that help new residents familiarise themselves with the college and university environment. Orientation activities typically include beach tours, toga parties, mystery dinners, scavenger hunts, pancake dinners and games nights.
All of the colleges employ residential staff who assist in the general administration of the college and act as college leaders, particularly for first year students. Residential staff members are classed as Residential Coordinators and Residential Assistants.
In the event of an emergency, residents can contact on call residential staff that are trained to respond to and support students. For security reasons, all students are advised to lock their doors while absent from their rooms. For the added protection of students and their property, the campus grounds are patrolled at night on a random basis by university security officers. Be warned, propping open fire doors and leaving front doors unsecured may result in costly fines.
Shuttle Service to Shopping Centre
Every Thursday evening during normal semester periods, a free shuttle bus operates from 5.30pm – 9.00pm between the colleges and the local shopping centre at Jesmond. The Central Coast campus can organise weekly shopping trips to Erina Fair, timetable to be negotiated and depending on demand.
Smoking is not permitted inside, or within 5 metres of any university building.
Sport and Culture
If you love sport, don’t miss your opportunity to become a college hero. The colleges face off in the intercollegiate sports competition across the sports of tennis, soccer, basketball, swimming and cross country running.
If you prefer to fight with the pen than the sword, there is an intercollegiate arts shield in which colleges compete in the cultural pursuits of debating, public speaking, art competitions and performance nights.
All rooms include a telephone, telephone connection, voice mail system and internet connection. Telephone cards need to be purchased off campus. Faxes can be sent during business hours through the the Student Hubs at both the Newcastle and Central Coast Campuses for a small fee.
Receiving Personal Mail
If you are lucky enough to have someone sending you mail, have them address it to:
Residents at Callaghan campus:
(College Name) Rom (x)
University of Newcastle
130 University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Residents at Central Coast campus:
Blue Gum House Room (x)
University of Newcastle
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258