Study Abroad in Wollongong, Australia

Study Abroad in Wollongong: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Housing

  • Student Residence
  • Double or Single Room

Meals

  • 19 meals a week are included in the residence

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Wollongong

Housing

In Wollongong you will live in a double or single room in a catered residence with other international and Australian students.

All UOW residences conduct a program of orientation activities to help students settle in on arrival in Australia. Residence life staff are available 24 hours a day to ensure that the living experience in Australia is a supportive and rewarding one.

A social program called “iLive” is arranged at the housing complex offering students a variety of experiences to enhance their stay. These include themed meal nights, guest speakers, study groups, volunteering and community engagement opportunities and health and wellness programs.

Students may also choose to live with a host family instead of in the student residence - contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for more information.

Meals

Students living in the University of Wollongong housing will receive 19 meals per week. These include breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday, a “make your own” lunch to take to university and 2 meals per day at the weekend (brunch and dinner).

Transportation

Public transit in Wollongong with a city loop shuttle running all day linking the University with various city hotspots. AIFS students will also receive a travel pass for use in Sydney on arrival which can be topped up during the semester.

University Facilities

The University of Wollongong includes 18 food outlets, 2 banks, 7 coffee shops, a student travel agent, a campus health center, a hair and beauty salon, a bookshop and convenience store.

Sports Facilities

The University of Wollongong Recreation and Aquatic Centre (URAC) provides the student population at UOW with top quality fitness and sport facilities including:

  • 2 air-conditioned health clubs
  • A 50m heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Basketball, tennis, badminton and squash courts
  • An indoor sports stadium including a boxing gym and training area
  • Weekly group exercise classes
  • Lifestyle programs such as boot camps
  • Personal training an elite fitness programs

3 and 6-month passes to use the facilities are available at a discounted student rate as well as rates for single use or multi-visit (10 sessions) passes. Students will receive information on this as part of the UOW orientation program. There are 15 sports based clubs on campus and 60 student sports teams.

Clubs and Societies

There are over 120 different clubs and societies on campus at UOW these include academic/faculty-based, charity and volunteering, professional development, political, religious/faith based, recreational (dance, sports, fitness), cultural and special interest clubs.

The Center for Student Engangement (CSE)

The CSE offers a number of leadership, training, community engagement and environmental programs which give students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and learn new skills to apply to real world challenges.

Unibar and Uni Movies

The Unibar is the center of on-campus entertainment hosting local and international bands as well a variety of weekly events. Movie screenings also take place on campus where a full-size cinema screen with surround sound is used to show the latest releases plus foreign language and art house films.

Sydney Orientation Program

On your arrival into Australia, AIFS will deliver a 4-day orientation program in Sydney which will finish with transportation to the University of Wollongong where you will check into your housing just in time for the UOW orientation week of events, designed to prepare you for the semester and settle you into the campus life. The Sydney orientation program includes:

  • Housing in a hostel on a bed and breakfast basis in Sydney (shared rooms)
  • Travel pass for unlimited travel around Sydney (and on regional trains to/from Wollongong)
  • AIFS Orientation covering general study abroad tips and what to expect, Australian lifestyle and culture, and AIFS’ support and travel services
  • A group welcome dinner
  • A sightseeing tour of Sydney
  • Full day Blue Mountains excursion
  • Transportation to Wollongong

Cultural Activities

Further cultural activities are also available, some of which may require an additional fee. These may include:

  • movie nights
  • animal encounters
  • surf lessons
  • hiking
  • walking tours

International Student Program

The International Students Program (ISP) offers programs and activities each semester to connect students with people from all over the world. The ISP will include excursions, group meals, cultural adjustment workshops and also volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to make friends, become involved in UOW and the local community and develop new skills. It is rewarding and it will expand your experiences and your résumé and the International Student Program will update you on all such opportunities during your time at Wollongong.

Insurance

The Australian government requires foreign students to pay for mandatory health coverage (Overseas Student Health Charge). Included in the AIFS program fee, this is paid directly to the provider.

AIFS in Wollongong Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Alexandra Khershberg

Office of Global Student Mobility
University of Wollongong
Student Central, Bld. 17
Northfields Avenue
Wollongong 2522
NSW

Phone: 011 61 2 4221 5400
Email: akhershb@uow.edu.au

G’day! My Name is Alexandra Khershberg and I am the AIFS Resident Director in Wollongong. Currently I am completing a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce, with three majors and one minor. I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and I know firsthand the experience of studying abroad. The first time I travelled overseas was for a 1-year exchange in Sweden, and it was by far the best time of my life. In fact, I loved my exchange so much I applied for another 6-month exchange in Germany, and have recently returned from a Short-Course Internship in India.

I work as part of the International Office here at the University of Wollongong and have now been given the opportunity to work with AIFS. I am thrilled to meet visiting students, show you around campus and your new hometown. My role is to provide AIFS students with support as you settle into your new home away from home in the land down under, so that you leave absolutely loving your time here!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.