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The New UNSW Trimester System (Commencing 2019)

College Contract Arrangements

New College

In 2019, the length of our standard New College contracts will be increased from the current 38 weeks to 44 to accommodate residents for the new, three-term academic year.  This is an increase of 16% in the residency period.

To maintain affordability, the cost of a 2019 standard room residential contract with upfront payment, including catering, has been contained to approximately $19,850 for new residents.  This represents an increase of 11% on the 2018 38-week counterpart and will be achieved by reducing the weekly cost by over 4%, even after allowing for increases in the cost of living.

With the approval of the Dean, shorter residency periods will be available to strong candidates presenting a valid case.


No significant changes in our present NCV contract arrangements are anticipated.

Our present 48 week contract will remain the standard. Cost increases for 2019 will reflect inflation.

Customised contracts to suit all types of study will be available. There will be special consideration for the needs of postgraduate students whose programs may not align with the trimesters. Candidates must apply via Admissions to the Dean for a customised contract.

NCV Returning Residents

Our college fee structure for 2019 has been determined as part of our budgeting process for the coming year. In spite of the onset of trimesters, changes to fees will follow the same pattern of previous years.

A loyalty arrangement will be in place for present residents such that fees in 2019 will be similar for returning residents on a loyalty contract as the applicable fresher fees were for 2018 (for the 48 week contracts).

Undergraduate enrolments

All students are advised to consult their relevant school authority for up-to-date advice on the management of their program.

The strength of the trimester system is that students will have the flexibility to accelerate their program by at least one additional subject per year.

Students undertaking an accelerated four year degree could potentially carry less than two trimesters of subjects into their fourth year.

This new format is a significant benefit to all students wishing or required to undertake internships. Internships can be undertaken during a trimester, rather than attempting to crowd them into the busy summer holiday period.

Engineering students are required to undertake 60 days industrial training prior to course completion by Engineers Australia. We are awaiting confirmation from UNSW that undertaking industrial training in this way will also qualify as full time study for social security purposes.

Full details are available at https://student.unsw.edu.au/new-calendar

Exchange and Study Abroad Students

UNSW is providing a tailored program to fulfil the needs of those coming on exchange to better align with degree programs in the Northern Hemisphere.

Full details are available at http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/study-abroad-at-unsw under the tab “UNSW3+: New Academic Calendar”