Students must use either a Macquarie Airport Pickup or Sydney Mass Transit to journey to Macquarie University. Macquarie provides comprehensive instructions for incoming international students covering travel preparation and the journey itself. We recommend following all instructions provided; you may want to save or print a copy (especially the ‘On Your Arrival’ section).
You can make a free ‘Airport Pickup Request’ from Macquarie University if you book it at least two weeks in advance.
Otherwise, you will need to travel to Macquarie University by using public transit. To take public transit, buy an OPAL card at the Sydney Airport International Station, take a train to Central on the T2 line (Platform 1) then go to the Macquarie University station via the T1 line to Hornsby (Platform 16) Make sure that you see Macquarie University displayed on the train before boarding since multiple routes are labelled ‘T1’, and only (approximately) every other train runs to the university. We recommend loading the app called “TripView” on your phones before departing, as it can find the best public transport routes for you (and the paid version remembers your planned trips).
Robert Menzies College, where you will be staying, is an easy 100 m walk from the train station.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text, or email one of the project directors immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
You must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa before boarding a plane to Australia. Average processing time for the visa is a few days (but you must apply two weeks before you travel) and the fee is AUD$20. Go to: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-#tab-content-1 and follow the instructions under “how to apply.”