Starting at Macquarie


We understand that starting at university can be daunting, whether you’re transitioning from high school, the workplace or family commitments – or moving interstate or from overseas. 

To make your transition a little easier, we’ve developed a wide range of support services and programs that you can access throughout your time at Macquarie. We’ve also created a checklist to get you off to the best start, and help you navigate and explore these options.

Macquarie University Orientation Week

Orientation Week – or ‘O Week’ for short – is when you’ll really discover the Macquarie campus.

O Week is held the week before classes start each session. You can meet fellow students; find out about student groups, support services and extracurricular programs; and pick up some freebies along the way.


Student support

Uni is exciting, but it can also be challenging, especially when you’re a new student. We understand these challenges, so we provide a comprehensive support system that you can access throughout your time on campus.

Macquarie offers a suite of free services - counselling, disability support, medical and welfare services, accommodation, diversity and inclusion support, academic writing and numeracy support, and our career and employment service – as well as facilities and programs like our high-tech library, MUSE (our exciting social learning space), Womens’ Room and Queer Space, start-up incubator spaces and peer programs such as PAL/PASS and Macquarie University Mentors, that you can take advantage of at any time during your studies.

Student support

Student support

Arriving international students

Before arriving in Australia, it is very important to make sure you're organised but there’s some things you’ll need to do once you get here too. To make things easier for you, we have provided a step-by-step guide to help you arrange accommodation, provide advice about your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and your travel options, as well as take you through setting up bank accounts, phone plans and having everything you need to start your life here in Sydney.

Also making things easier – Macquarie participates in the Australian Government’s streamlined student visa processing system, so you can expect faster processing times when applying for a visa.

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