Financial and personal support

We know it's tough being away from your support network of family and friends. We've summarised all the on and off campus support that is available to you.


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’.



Macquarie's Student Success Support Package will continue to financially support enrolled students for Session 1 2021.

Salvation Army and Vinnies can also assist you with the basic costs of living. Depending on your visa status, you may be eligible for the Australian Government’s Special Benefit.

Community support

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