University Spotlight – Macquarie University

If you want to know what it’s like to study at Macquarie University, take a look at our latest University Spotlight.


Campuses & Access


Macquarie University’s main Wallumattagal campus is around 15km north of the Sydney CBD. The Wallumattagal campus is very large and widespread, taking around 20 minutes to cross on foot. They also have a small campus in the centre of Sydney city. Both campuses are easy to access by public transport, and have ample parking spaces for people who need to travel by car. There is also a shuttle for travel across the Wallumattagal campus.

Most of the buildings at the Wallumattagal campus are easily accessible, and major buildings have lifts for access to upper floors.


Online Learning


Most of Macquarie’s undergraduate courses are available to study on-campus only, but they do have some options for online study, mainly in arts and education. They also offer short courses and microcredentials online.

Some units, particularly those that include lab work or practical experiences, can only be done on campus.


Study Options


Macquarie offer undergraduate courses in all standard study areas, including the Bachelor of Clinical Science which offers a pathway to their Doctor of Medicine.

Macquarie also offer double degrees and combined bachelor and master degrees in many areas, meaning you can complete two qualifications in less time than it would take separately.

The academic year is split across two sessions, running roughly from mid-February to late-November, with a month-long break between sessions. They also offer an optional third session from early-December to early-January. Each session also includes around ten days of non-teaching. No classes are run over the Christmas and New Year period. You can view the academic calendar for the year here.

Courses at Macquarie are split into a ‘Core Zone’ and a ‘Flexible Zone’. The Core Zone consists of pre-selected units that must be completed as part of your chosen degree. The Flexible Zone consists of units that can be chosen from any study discipline. Units can be studied in any order, provided you meet any prerequisites.


Accommodation & Living


Macquarie currently have one university-owned accommodation option on-campus, as well as three non-university colleges on-campus. There are also three other privately-owned accommodation options close to campus.

Sizes vary from studio to multi-bedroom options. 2023 prices vary from between $240 to $700 per person per week, depending on size and location. The fees for all accommodation options include utility bills – electricity, water, and internet access. All options include furnishings. Non-university colleges have catering options. Many options include additional facilities, such as laundries, sporting facilities, dedicated support services, student clubs, study areas, special events, and more.

Macquarie does not currently offer guaranteed accommodation.

Contracts are offered on 12-month terms. Students must reapply for accommodation at the end of their contract.

You can see all accommodation options and application processes here.

Living off campus in Sydney can get quite expensive (the current median rental price for an apartment in Macquarie Park is $550 per week), and rental options are generally highly competitive. More affordable options further away can mean a long travel time to and from campus.


Campus & Teaching Facilities


There is a variety of cafés and restaurants on the Wallumattagal campus. Other facilities include sport and fitness centres, childcare facilities, museums, galleries, and a private hospital and health clinics (which are also used for teaching and research). There are ample parks and green spaces across campus too.

The Wallumattagal campus is home to the state-of-the-art Macquarie University Library, which features a robotic item retrieval system, several study spaces, access to computers, and printing services.

Macquarie are currently in the process of building a purpose-built Law School on the Wallumattagal campus, expected to be completed in late 2023.


Student Support


UTAS offer a variety of student support services, ranging from study, disability, LGBTQIA+, career, and support for Indigenous students. All of this information is easy to find and access on their website here.

They also offer several safety and security services across campus.


Industry Partnerships


Each undergraduate degree at Macquarie includes a Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) unit, where you will engage in a practical learning opportunity with a real organisation.

Their cooperative education program includes built-in placements as part of your degree, as well as access to exclusive mentoring and networking events.

Many of their degrees have been designed in close consultation with industry partners (including companies like Adobe, Fujitsu, and Deloitte), giving you access to the latest career and industry insights.


Information Accessibility


Macquarie’s website is modern and easy to navigate. It has a handy search function, and essential information about courses, scholarships, and support options are easy to find.


Tours & Information Sessions


You can book an in-person campus tour or virtually tour the facilities at the Wallumattagal campus here.

Macquarie run both online and on-campus information events for future students occasionally throughout the year. You can view the upcoming calendar of events here.


Next Steps


If you’re interested in study at Macquarie University and want to find out more information, the best way to do this is to contact them, either by phone on 02 9850 6767, or by booking a 30-minute personal consultation.

Macquarie also run one Open Day a year, currently scheduled for 12 August 2023.


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