Information for new students

Welcome to ANU.

You are about to embark on a new and exciting period of your life, where there is much to learn, new people to meet and a new way of life to be experienced.

This page aims to provide you with some of the information and resources you will need to help you settle into life as an ANU student.

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Accept your offer & enrol online

If you haven't already, the first step to becoming a new student at ANU is to accept your offer. Then you should step through the enrolling instructions.

» accept your offer
» enrol for the first time

Access your ANU email

An email address is created automatically for all new students in the format You login to your email using the student ID number and the password sent to you in your welcome email.

All official ANU notices are sent to your student email address, so be sure to check it regularly or set-up email forwarding.

» login to ANU email

Prepare to arrive

We've got some great tools to help you prepare to be an ANU student.

Cost of living

Do you know how much it will cost to live in Canberra? Start planning your budget now and avoid financial stress later.

» Cost of living info

Self-help modules

Use your student ID number and the password sent to you in your welcome email, to login to WATTLE (Web Access To Teaching & Learning Environments).

Explore these modules:

  • Prepare to arrive
  • Prepare to study
  • Virtual buddies

» login to WATTLE

Tutorial videos

Learn how things are done at ANU. Check out the Student Engagement & Transition tutorial videos.

» watch the tutorial videos

Confirm accommodation arrangements

ANU offers a wide variety of student residences, but supply is limited.

The Residential & Campus Communities team can help you with arranging accommodation on or off campus.

» Residential & Campus Communities website

Book a meet & greet

ANU offers free 'meet & greet’ services at both the airport 8.30am–8.30pm and the bus station12pm–8.30pm, during semester one and semester two orientation. You must register for this service at least one week before your arrival. Registration will be available from December for Semester 1 orientation and May for Semester 2 orientation.

If you arrive at a time when there is no ‘meet & greet’ service there are other transport options available:

  • Taxis are available at the front of the airport building, or can be booked in advance.
  • Buses are available to get around Canberra or as an Airport Express Shuttle service.

Find out about Orientation week

Orientation week is the week before each semester starts and offers a range of activities to introduce new students to life at ANU. Be sure to join in the fun!

Academic events

  • Participate in workshops
  • Learn about course options
  • Prepare for academic challenges

Social events

  • Join clubs and societies
  • Meet other students
  • Enjoy the dynamic social life

» orientation week schedule

Pick up your student card

Once you arrive on campus you'll be able to collect your student card, which gives you access to the ANU Library, to computer labs, and to other buildings.

If you arrive during orientation week there are special student card collection points and times due to the volume of students. Outside of orientation week student cards can be collected from Student Central.

» where to pick up your student card

Other resources

There are many services and resources to help new students succeed at ANU. A few are listed below, and others can be found on the Student life page.

iANU mobile app

The iANU mobile app allows ANU students to access the Students website, maps, orientation week, WATTLE, video, events, news and more.

iANU student app on Google Play

iANU student app on Apple store

Clubs & societies

The ANU Student Association (ANUSA) supports the extracurricular lives of ANU undergraduate students. Why not join a club or society now.

» ANUSA website

First-year student camp

Have you signed up for your College first-year student camp? Don't miss the opportunity to meet other new students and learn about all the services and support your College offers.

» ANUSA first-year camps Facebook page

Part-time jobs

Explore the different types of work and extra-curricular activities available both during and after your studies and also help you look for vacancies and create opportunities for yourself.

» Careers Centre website


The Student Information & Guidance Network (SIGN) Mentoring program is a fun, free program for all students that assigns new students to student mentors who help ease them into their first semester of life at ANU.

» SIGN mentoring program information


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to assist with the cost of studying. We are committed to enabling all students to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. Have you thought about applying for a scholarship?

» scholarships page

International students

More than one in four of our students are international citizens. They are integral to helping ANU realise its vision as part of the global community. There are resources and support available for international students to ensure that can fully integrate into ANU.

» international students page

Updated:  24 July 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Registrar/ Page Contact:  DRSS Communications