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.

Course fees covering Commonwealth Supported Students (HECS) and Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) are determined by the Australian government, under legislation, and may be subject to review and subsequent change as appropriate. Students will be advised by the University accordingly.

Course fee information

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Other costs for consideration

In addition to course fees, you'll to consider the costs of textbooks and 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.

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.

Casual accommodation fees and bookings

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.