Living in Armidale

When to Arrive

Orientation and enrolment take place before classes begin in February and June. It is mandatory that students attend Orientation programs. Once students arrive on campus, they must attend Orientation and enrolment in order to confirm their course of study. When students make travel and accommodation arrangements, they should take into account the need to attend Orientation and enrolment sessions before the trimester begins. Missing Orientation can mean that you miss important information about studying at the University of New England, and living in Armidale. See the Principal Dates page for orientation and enrolment dates.

Orientation and Enrolment

International Orientation
The purpose of Orientation is to introduce new students to the University of New England campus, as well as to provide information about student life.

Enrolment
International Orientation also includes enrolment. Students are required to formally enrol at the University and this will include unit selection. Enrolment staff from the University Student Centre will be present to answer questions and provide information relating to candidature of the University.

University Orientation
University Orientation occurs in the week before trimester starts. During this week there are activities all over campus designed to introduce students to the campus and the services available at the University.

Families at UNE

Students with Families
Students who are planning to bring their families with them while they study will need to prove that they will be able to support their families financially while they are in Australia. If students' spouses want to work in Australia, they must consult the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to ensure that they are eligible to work in Australia. If students' spouses wish to take English language training, students should contact the English Language Centre at UNE to find out what services and programs are available. Students travelling with their families will need to consider the additional costs of accommodation, schooling, and childcare. Armidale has a range of quality education and childcare facilities, for futher information please visit the Welcome to Armidale - Education and Training website.

Schooling
If you are bringing your children with you, you need to be aware of the following:

  • School-age dependents are required to attend school while in Australia.
  • You will be required to pay full-fees for your children's enrolment in either a Government or Non-Government School.
  • You will need to enquire about enrolling your children in school prior to leaving your home country, and you will be required to pay a semester's fees in advance. Schools will issue an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) so that you can obtain a visa for your children.
  • The Diplomatic Mission in your country can provide more information about getting your child into school in Australia, including costs and conditions.
  • You need to take into account the distance you will need to travel from home to University, and what method of transport you will use to get your children to school.

Employment

Armidale has a variety of local supermarkets, retailers, restaurants, cafés and rural industries which provide casual and part-time employment opportunities for students. Student visas are granted with permission to work. This will allow you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the trimester and fulltime during holiday and university break periods. If you are staying in Armidale over the holidays you will often have an advantage over others looking for work, as many employers prefer to hire people who can continue to work during these periods.

International Services works closely with 'Jobs Australia', an employment agency in Armidale, to assist international students to find casual work while they study. Jobs Australia provides services for resume writing and job searching, and will notify registered international students of job vacancies. Students can register with Jobs Australia as soon as they arrive in Armidale. It is important to remember that work undertaken outside of study can not impact on your attendance or academic progress at UNE. More information can also be obtained from the International Services staff in the International Precinct upon arrival.

Weather

Students should be aware that Armidale has four very distinct seasons and that they need to take the weather into account when bringing clothing and accessories.

Armidale Temperatures and Rainfall

Average temps (degrees Celsius)MaxMin
January27.213.4
April20.57.5
June12.91.6
September17.73.7
December26.612.2

Students should be aware that Armidale has four very distinct seasons and that they need to take the weather into account when bringing clothing and accessories.

Armidale Temperatures and Rainfall

Average RainfallRain (mm)
January104.5
April46.2
July48.4
October67.7

Religious Services

Chaplains at UNE have been appointed by the religious organisation to which they belong. Regular activities include:

  • discussions with people seeking meaning and purpose in life
  • offering assistance to people who approach them for support in times of crisis
  • providing opportunities for prayer, study and mediation

UNE has a mosque on campus which sells Halal food at different times during the week, as well as providing prayer facilities for all Muslims, including Friday prayers. For more information, visit the Muslim@UNE web page.

Other religious organisations who have members or services in Armidale include Anglican, Baha'I Faith; Baptist; Buddhist; Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints; Hindu; Lutheran; Presbyterian; Quakers; Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting Church. More information can be found online at the Chaplaincy web page.

Food

There is a wide variety of food available in Armidale, from a range of different cultures and traditions. All supermarkets stock a range of Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and European ingredients and fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry are readily available. Monks Health Emporium stocks a wide range of spices, sauces and other products from all over the world. Monks is located in the IGA arcade. There are also many restaurants and cafés to choose from in Armidale which serve a variety of food including Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean and European.

Arriving in Australia

Transport
When you arrive in Sydney, you will enter Australia though the International Terminal (T1). Flights to Armidale will leave from the Domestic Terminal (T3). The flight to Armidale takes about one hour. QANTAS flies daily from Sydney to Armidale.

You can book flights online with Qantas before you leave home. Remember it may take a couple of hours to clear customs and immigration (if you arrive at a busy time) so when booking connecting flights, make sure you give yourself enough time. The airport at Armidale is seven kilometres from the city centre. You can catch a taxi cab from the airport to your accommodation. Alternatively you might like to organise free airport pickup through the International Precinct when you accept your offer. The University of New England is just on the edge of Armidale, about 5 kilometres from the centre of the city. There is a bus service that leaves from the Courthouse, on the corner of Faulkner St and the Mall. Bus timetables and route maps are available from the Edwards Coaches website.

Teaching and Learning

The University uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches with students depending on the nature of the program.

Lectures
Lectures are the traditional method of university teaching, and are used to give information to a large number of students. Lectures are held in lecture theatres on campus. The majority of main theatres on campus are equipped with modern teaching facilities including video and data projection equipment, microphones and overhead projectors and large viewing screens.

Tutorials And Seminars
These are smaller groups that allow students to discuss work in more depth, led by a tutor. Tutorial groups are held once a week, generally for one hour. Seminars also generally occur once a week, but can be of longer duration. These groups are designed to give students the opportunity to ask questions and develop ideas with other students. In Australia, tutors expect students to actively participate in tutorials, contributing ideas and knowledge for consideration by the group. Every week, students will be expected to prepare for a tutorial by attending lectures and completing the tutorial reading or tasks that are set for each tutorial and specified in the unit guides. Each semester, students may also be required to research and give a presentation on a particular topic. Some units require attendance and participation in tutorials as part of compulsory unit assessment.

Workshops And Laboratory Sessions
In courses with practical elements, students will spend time developing skills and expertise through practical work and experiments.

Field Study
In some courses at UNE students are required to undertake field study away from the campus ranging from one day trips to longer periods. Lecturers and tutors will provide details about how to prepare for field study.