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