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Moving with Family

If your move to Wollongong for study also means a move with family, here are a few tips to help everyone settle in.

Childcare and Schools

Wollongong is home to many excellent public school and childcare options. Use the NSW Department of Education School Finder tool to find a school near you.

Childcare facilities are available for children aged six weeks to five years, as well as before- and after-school care for school-aged children. Waiting lists can be long (for example 12 months or more), and places limited, so it is important that you plan well in advance, particularly if your child is under two years old. Visit the MyChild website to search for a local child care service.

Making Friends 

Playgroups are a great way to interact with other families, and help your child make new friends. They offer support and learning for parents and children. Visit the Playgroup NSW  website to find a playgroup nearby.

School holiday activities are listed on the Wollongong City Council website. You can also find something to get the whole family involved with by checking out What's On in Wollongong.

Families moving from overseas may also enjoy the English conversation classes for students and their partners held by the Illawarra Committee for International Students.

Partners Finding Work 

As the third largest city in NSW, Wollongong has many employment opportunities in a range of fields, including retail and hospitality, health care, and education. Visit our Job Vacancies page for opportunities at the University, or visit one of the major employment websites - Indeed or Seek.

Family-Friendly Accommodation

UOW offers accommodation specially designed for families and mature age students - Bangalay. Located right across the road from campus, and offering two and three bedroom family units, Bangalay is a great choice for students moving to UOW with a family.

Those considering a private rental but not familiar with the Australian rental market, are welcome to see assistance from UOW Accommodation Services.

Last reviewed: 21 January, 2019