Fees and costs

Being aware of the costs involved in studying at UNE will help you get sorted for a secure, successful and stress-free student life.

Costs that apply directly to all students studying at UNE include course fees, and textbooks / course materials. Further costs depend on whether you are studying on campus or online, and whether you choose to live on-campus or off-campus.

Course fees and HECS

The first cost to consider in undertaking your university studies will be your course fees. This charge is incurred for each unit studied per semester, and rates vary for different areas of study.

There are three ways to pay your fees:

  • Up-front payment
  • Partial payment (HECS)
  • Deferred payment (HECS).

The Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) is a way of financing your education at UNE through the tax system. Repayment of your HECS debt doesn't commence until your income reaches a specified minimum threshold. See more about HECS in the section

For detailed information see Student Fees.

Textbooks and course materials

The costs of your textbooks and course materials will vary depending on subjects.

A list of requirements for courses will be posted in the Course and Unit Catalogue: use the left hand menu to search for the relevant unit information by using either the Unit Quick Search field or by searching for your unit code alphabetically. This information will be available between 2–3 months before your study commences. (You may be able to borrow some texts through Dixson Library, so check with your lecturers and Dixson Library before purchasing.)

You can order your texts from the On-Campus UNE Bookshop which offers discounts and payment options.

The Second Hand Bookshop offers an excellent cost-saving buying/selling outlet for student texts.

In the course of your studies you will also need to allow for photocopying costs.

You will also need stationary/software supplies to suit your requirements.

Off-campus students—specific information

If you are an off-campus student living elsewhere in Australia, your main costs will involve travel and accommodation for residential schools, if residential schools are part of your course. Your course information will state whether compulsory and/or optional residential schools are scheduled for your subjects.

You might also require on-campus child care during these periods. (See information in section below.)

Travel Options

Armidale is situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway; accessible by plane, train and bus services. Please see detailed information about travelling to Armidale.

Regular bus services also operate between the Armidale CBD and the University.

If you are driving to the UNE campus, please see information about parking costs on campus .

Accommodation Options

You will need to arrange accommodation to attend your residential schools, you have on-campus and off-campus accommodation options.

Your off-campus accommodation options will be sent to you in an information package about your residential school. Prices range anywhere from $30.00 – $160.00 per night depending on type of accommodation.

In all cases, early booking is strongly recommended.

On-campus students—specific information

All on-campus students requiring parking facilities will need to purchase a parking permit. This allows you to park in both the residential and academic areas of the university.

Living on-campus

Students living on campus save on transport costs:

  • The residences are walking distance to UNE faculties and facilities
  • There are regular bus services between residences / faculties / CBD
  • There are bike tracks through residences/faculties/CBD.

Living in and around Armidale

As a thriving University city, Armidale has a wide range of rental options available. If you intend to rent locally, you should contact Armidale Real Estates a couple of months in advance, as properties are snapped up quickly.

As a general guide, weekly rents are approximately:

  • $75–$130 for a bedroom in a shared house
  • $150–$200 for a single bedroom unit
  • $180–$300+ for a 3 bedroom or larger house.

The costs of setting up a rented premises will include:

  • Advance payment of two weeks rent
  • Bond (2–4 weeks rent)
  • Connection fees for phone, electricity/gas and water
  • Furniture (if needed).

You then need to consider your regular living expenses such as monthly/quarterly bills for:

  • Phone
  • Electricity
  • Heating
  • Excess water (if used)
  • Food / groceries
  • Transport — there are bus services from Armidale and bike tracks from Armidale to the UNE campus.
On-campus child care facilities

Yarm Gwanga is UNE's on-campus child care centre catering for children aged 6 weeks to preschool age.

Yarm Gwanga also provides UNE's Vacation Care Program for school-aged children. Information about this program will be provided in your residential information package.

For further information contact on 02 6773 3173 or send Yarm Gwang an email.