Prepare for your studies

Prepare for your studies

You should learn the main UNSW systems and terminology, and brush up on your academic skills

Check your zId and zPass

You should already have a student ID (e.g. z1234567), which at UNSW is called your zID. You should also have set a password, which is called your zPass. You will use your zID and zPass to sign in to various UNSW systems. You can manage your zPass at UNSW’s identity manager.

Find your UNSW email

You have a UNSW email address, determined by your zID: if your zID is z1234567 then your email address is UNSW will send all communication to this address, so you should check your email frequently. You can check it at Microsoft Online. Alternatively, you can have your messages automatically redirected to your preferred email address - do this at identity manager.

Find myUNSW

You should find and bookmark myUNSW, where there are links to the various administrative services that you will need throughout your time at UNSW.

Get a student card (perhaps)

If you’d like to borrow from the UNSW library, or enter campus buildings that have swipe access, then you will need to get a student card. You can do this by visiting The Nucleus (UNSW’s student hub) in person, or by applying online.

Be aware of your fees

Your Fee Statement will be available in myUNSW 2-3 weeks before the study period starts. If you have trouble accessing your Fee Statement, contact the Student Financials Team at, or by calling 8936 7005. Be aware that there is a census date, which is the last day on which you may withdraw from your courses without incurring fees.

Note your key dates

You should be aware of your key dates, and plan accordingly. If your program is the Master of  Analytics, Master of Data Science, Master of Cyber Security, Master of FinTech, Master of Management or Master of Applied Finance, then you have special key dates. Otherwise, check the UNSW standard key dates. Also be aware of your assessment due dates, which will be listed in your Course Outlines in Moodle.

Do your ELISE training

There is a comprehensive set of tutorials designed to introduce you to studying at UNSW, called ELISE. It teaches you a number of key skills and concepts that are crucial to academic work, including:

  • How to find information, particularly via the library
  • How to read and write academically, including how to reference
  • How to conduct yourself ethically
  • How to manage your time

You are required to work your way through these tutorials, and to do a test quiz. We recommend that you do this in your first week at UNSW, before your workload gets too heavy.


In addition to ELISE there is AIM. AIM is a course provided by UNSW’s Learning Centre about academic matters such as integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, and evidence based learning. The course takes about an hour. We recommend that you do it, ideally before starting your first assessment task.

Find the UNSW glossary

When starting at UNSW you will come across many terms that are new to you. Fortunately there is a handy Glossary of Terms that explains most of them.