Financial and personal support
The NSW Government is funding low-cost temporary accommodation for up to 20 weeks for international students. Applications for NSW Crisis Accommodation close on February 12 at 5pm. You will need a ‘Letter of Support’ from Macquarie University to complete your application. Request this letter by submitting a CARE MQ report.
Note: you must have applied for Student Success Support Package support to be eligible for a ‘Letter of Support’.
- For free legal information on accommodation issues access My Legal Mate.
- Redfern Legal Centre provides free legal services to international students.
- NSW Government’s Fair Trading provides free advice about rental laws in New South Wales. Keep up to date with how COVID-19 impacts rental evictions.
- Food vouchers are still available for our enrolled, onshore students through the Student Success Support Package.
- FoodBank NSW provides food hampers to International Students impacted financially by COVID-19. Call +61 (2) 9756 3099 or email email@example.com to receive a food hamper.
- Ozharvest provides no-cost food hampers. Register for your hamper today.
- Hindu Council of Australia provide cooked food, dry groceries and food vouchers from a Ryde location. Complete the Crisis Help Form online to receive support.
- Lou's place in King’s Cross is providing free takeaway lunchboxes at 12.30pm each day for female international students.
- Christian Community Aid (CCA) provide free food parcels. Call +61 (2) 9858 3222 or visit the CCA’s Eastwood office to receive a food parcel.
Macquarie's Student Success Support Package will continue to financially support enrolled students for Session 1 2021.
The NSW Government provides a range of supports for international students:
- Subscribe to Study NSW for up to date COVID-19 response information.
- Insiders Guide offers excellent free resources and advice for international students.
Contact Student Wellbeing for additional welfare information and support.
Student visa and travel
- The Australian Department of Home Affairs COVID-19 webpage answers travel-related questions about Student Visa.
- You can chat with the Australian Government via WhatsApp too.
- The Australian Government has frequently asked questions and answers for international students. Contact the National coronavirus hotline on 1800 020 080 for further information.
- You can also speak to your home country’s consulate general or embassy.
CARE MQ Report
Are you or someone you know going through a difficult time?
Looking for a job?
View our careers resources for international students.
MQ Student Success Support Package 2021
Access support to help you meet your financial needs.