Moving in checklist - before you arrive

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We are looking forward to your arrival at ANU Residence! You may find some helpful information right here that you should be aware of before you arrive. To make sure you're prepared to move in, take some time to read through this page.

Moving in date

The move-in dates for the student residences vary depending on location. You will need to refer to your accommodation offer email for your particular contract start date.

Please contact your residence if you plan on arriving before or after the contract start date to make arrangements.

If you arrive early and your accommodation is not available we can help you seek temporary accommodation until your room is ready.

Accompanying family members are welcome to stay for the first week to help you settle in, however they will need to locate temporary accommodation in one of the nearby hotels and motels.

Before you arrive

Plan your travels

The ANU welcome service provides free Canberra airport pick-up to commencing international, domestic and eligible students on select days prior to and during orientation week. The service will operate from 10 AM -  1 PM from Canberra airport. Students who have registered for the service will be provided with free transportation to their accommodation in Canberra. Registrations and further information on operational hours can be found at:

Explore financial support options

You might be eligible for financial support under Centrelink, depending on your circumstances. Explore your options to understand more. There are also a number of bursaries and scholarships to provide support with the University accommodation costs and other support options can be found here.

What to bring?

Get ready to set up your home away from home. All residences contain your bed (with mattress protector), wardrobe, desk, chair, and a sink. You should bring your clothes, toiletries, sheets and blankets/duvet. If you are going to be living in a self-catered residence you should also bring your cooking utensils and equipment. 

Following is a guide on what you should need:


Clothing (for all seasons)

(Including warm summers and cold winters)

Plug converters

(International students)

Coat hangersLaptop/PC/gaming devices 
Wet-weather clothingChargers and converters/adapters
Pillow/sData cables
Duvet/beddingBath towels

Washing powder

(Some residences have front loaders, so check before buying)

Cooking utensils

(Self-catered residences)

Laundry hamper


Clock RadioGym gear
Hair dryer/curling tongs/straightenerRunners/trainers

Small fridge

(Some residences may have, so check before buying)

Bicycle/form of transport 


(Some common areas have, so check before buying)

Mementos from home

What not to bring

Due to fire risk, the following items are not permitted:

  • Heaters
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Electric blankets
  • Additional furniture

Pets/animals of any type are not permitted in any ANU Residence.

Rights, Relationships and Respect

As a new ANU student, you are required to complete the Rights, Relationships and Respect online training. 

The online learning module will introduce you to core concepts relating to respectful relationships and sexual consent, as well as important information about ANU care and support services.

Read more - Rights, Relationships and Respect at ANU - ANU


ANU offers limited paid parking. Effective 1 January 2024, students living on the Acton campus in residential venues are able to park in their designated resident parking zone, subject to availability. However, we strongly urge you to explore alternative transportation options such as the city's public transport system and the University's cycling facilities rather than bringing a car.

The Acton campus is conveniently located near the city, offering a range of transportation choices. Buses, Uber, taxi services, and trams are readily available and offer reliable and punctual service. There are scenic walking paths nearby, providing some of the most picturesque views in Canberra. For hiking enthusiasts, Black Mountain Tower is just a stone's throw away.

You can also find e-scooters for hire in Canberra. These electric scooters are powered by rechargeable batteries, providing an eco-friendly way to get around. You can take advantage of car sharing services provided by Flexicar and bike share services right on the Acton campus. For more information about these services, please refer to: Carshare Scheme and Bike share.

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