Campus Activities

  • Starting Friday 20 March, the University will cease all in-person classes. 
  • UNSW has introduced the following to reduce virus transmission, through social distancing to protect health service provision and ensure business continuity:
    • Teachers will deliver classes, where possible, by online or other means that can be accessed remotely.
    • Students should access online teaching material remotely and participate by remote means. This is achievable for lectures and for many tutorials and discussions. In addition, steps are underway to convert some laboratory practicals to video demonstrations or other methods that can be accessed remotely. 
    • Individual course convenors will inform you of details via Moodle or other means.
  • UNSW will continue to update students and staff as new information becomes available. 
  • Most programs will be available in Term 2. You can view the list of programs available here. This list is being regularly updated. 
  • NSW Health has published advice for universities on COVID-19.
  • UNSW is taking NSW Health advice, including the cleaning of facilities as required. 
  • The University has upgraded its cleaning standards above its regular operations to reduce the risk of infection. These measures include: 
    • Using bleach-based hospital-grade disinfectant cleaning products throughout the University. This includes all restrooms at Kensington. 
    • Large numbers of pump hand sanitiser units have been ordered and placed at high-contact points throughout campus. 
    • Additional training and education have been completed by cleaning contractors on cleaning processes, personal hygiene and personal protective equipment while conducting cleaning throughout the University. 
  • Current medical advice is that there is no increased risk of contracting COVID-19 by being on campus. 
  • Based on recent advice from the Prime Minister, non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor gatherings of 500 people or more are banned.
  • UNSW has cancelled or postponed as many non-essential events as feasible until at least Easter. If you have registered for an event that is cancelled, you will be notified by the event organiser.
  • We ask staff to hold as many university business meetings as possible by A/V link or other remote means.

The UNSW campus is now in secure mode. This means building access is limited to students and staff who currently have 24/7 access. Those with access will need their student or staff pass to access their offices. If you need to use campus facilities and do not have access, speak with your manager. Some areas on campus will remain open without the need for card access, these include:   

  • F21 Main Library (7am - 10pm, 7 days) 
  • F8 Law Library (24/7) 
  • Paddington Campus Library (8am - 8.30pm Monday to Friday and midday - 4pm Saturday only)  
  • CATS rooms (7am – 10pm Monday to Friday) 
  • Building perimeter doors 
  • Non-essential services on all UNSW campuses have been impacted by the latest government measures. These include gyms and indoor sporting venues, while restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery.  

  • The Y NSW, which manages the pool and gym on the Kensington campus, has automatically suspended all upfront and direct debit memberships, class enrolments (gymnastic and swimming programs) and multi-visit passes. Multi-visit pass expiry dates will also be extended for the duration of the closure. 

  • Other on-campus retailers including IGA and the Pharmacy@UNSW have adjusted operating hours.  

    • The IGA is open from 8am – 6pm on weekdays and from 9am – 10pm on weekends (please note hours may vary).  

    • The Pharmacy@UNSW, in the Quadrangle Building, is open 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:30am – 6pm on Friday. 

  • The UNSW Health Service continues to operate as normal. Opening hours are 8am – 6pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 5pm on Friday and contact number is (02) 9385 5425. The Director of the Health Service has put in place these steps to protect your safety. More information is also available on its website. 

Due to the increase in staff working from home at this time, many buildings across our campuses will have reduced Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) members on site. This includes reduced coverage of wardens and first aid officers. 

In the event of a fire emergency, the building alarms will operate as usual, and UNSW Security will arrive. 

However, staff will need to monitor the alarms and self-evacuate accordingly. 


  • Alert alarm is Beep, Beep, Beep 

  • Evacuate alarm is Whoop, Whoop, Whoop

  • Go to your nearest exit immediately and leave personal belongings behind.