1. Activate your student account
Whether you're studying online or on campus, activating your student account is an important step.
Your student account will help you a lot throughout your studies. Once it's activated, you'll have your university and email access to all the essential systems and applications.
Visit ITMS to read important information about your computer account.
2. Enrol in your units
3. Get your student card
Your student card is your everything card. It will be your key to accessing CDU facilities including, the library and computer labs, printing, and scanning, and will allow you to sit exams. You'll also be able to use your ID to get student discounts at relevant businesses.
Your student card is free, but you'll need to get a new one every year before it expires. Don't forget to apply yearly as we won't automatically send you a new one. *Top Tip* put a reminder in your calendar so you don’t forget.
How to get your student card
To get your student card online, complete and submit the Student Card eForm (login to the CDU Portal, select eForms and select Student Card eForm).
Top tip: Check that you've attached all the required documentation.
To get your student card in person, visit Student Central at any CDU campus. You'll need to bring your photographic ID (Australian Driver's Licence or passport).
CDU campuses in Alice Springs, Casuarina, Palmerston and Darwin Waterfront offer a ‘while you wait‘ service.
Our other centres have a turnaround of three working days before your student card will be ready for collection.
4. Watch Virtual Orientation
CDU student life is not only about lectures and assignments. It is also a chance to make lifelong friends, try new things, develop hobbies and interests, gain leadership skills and have fun.
Hear from current students as they share their secrets to studying success and find out how we can support you.
5. Explore the Start Well Guide
You will have access to links, how-tos, tips and tricks for a great first semester. The guide is designed for all new students and can be accessed any time during your course
6. Connect with your CDU community
Whether you are studying online or on-campus, there are so many ways to make the most of your CDU experience and connect with our student community.
International Student Welcome Hub
If you are studying at Casuarina campus, you can join other newly-arrived international students and CDU's friendly staff in the Welcome Hub.
Here you can get IT assistance with account activation, accommodation options (emergency and longer-term), promotion of events and student groups, connection to Peer Mentoring and PASS programs, and a friendly face to solve any worries or concerns.
Location: Casuarina Campus Library Foyer
When: Open throughout March, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm
Log in to your student portal and discover upcoming events and orientation catch-up sessions to attend, student groups to join and community news written by students for students.
Login to the CDU portal
Your student portal will become your best friend at University. It's an online portal that gives you access to all your study essentials.
Below are a few of the applications you can access through the portal.
Life and wellbeing
Having the right support can be the secret to success. We provide access to counselling, financial support, study skills, and careers information to help you achieve your goals.
Access resources to help you have a healthy state of mind and body.Staying well
Advanced standing is a way for you to earn credit points towards your CDU course from previous achievements.
If you're an international student, you might have already provided the information for advanced standing when you first applied for your course.
Your student number and your Unique Student Identifier (USI)
Your student number is specific to CDU. We use this to identify you throughout your studies. All student numbers start with an 'S' followed by 6 digits. For example, S123456.
Find your student number
If you're a Higher Education student, you'll find your student number at the top of your offer letter.
If you're a TAFE student, you'll receive an email with your student number after applying for your course.
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
Your USI is a nationally recognised number used to create an online record of your qualifications and training. So, if you've done previous study, you might already have a USI.
USI numbers are now an Australian Government requirement for all Higher Education (HE) and TAFE students. All students require a USI to be able to graduate and receive their award.
Higher Education students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to be eligible for Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) and Commonwealth financial assistance (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or OS-HELP). You need to provide CDU with your USI before the census date to remain enrolled.
Create your Unique Student Identifier
Applying for a USI is free, and you will have the same USI for life. You can apply for a USI in as little as five minutes by visiting usi.gov.au.
What's the difference between enrolment and admission?
Enrolment can sometimes get confused with admission. Here's the difference:
- Admission just means you are in our system as studying a particular course. Depending on your type of course and how you applied, admission steps might differ. Check out the last step of your application process for more information.
- Enrolling means selecting the units you wish to study or need to study, to complete your course.
If you're a Higher Education student
You can study up to 40 credit points a semester, so that's 80 credit points each year.
International students need to maintain a 40 credit point study load (unless there are exceptional circumstances, in which case you can apply to reduce your study load).
For domestic students 30-40 credit points are considered a full-time study load. 10-20 credits is part-time.
If you're a TAFE student
Your number of units varies depending on the course and how it is being delivered.
Your lecturer will discuss this with you when they get in touch after you make your application.
In each unit, you might have lectures, tutorials, practicals or training sessions. This depends on what is the best way to teach your unit.
What are census dates?
The census dates is the last date that you can withdraw from a unit without receiving a financial penalty. The census dates for Higher Education and TAFE differ.
Check out important dates to find out more.
Ready to enrol?
Enrol in Higher Education and TAFE units.Enrolling in units
Get setup to study
Student concession for bus travel applies seven days a week for CDU students. You must present your Student ID card to the bus driver to get a concession.
The major bus interchanges are located at Casuarina Shopping Centre, Palmerston interchange and Darwin interchange.
You can plan your journey with the bus tracker app.
There are a few different options for parking at CDU.
Free parking, parking permits and pay and display parking are available at Casuarina and Palmerston campuses. Parking at Alice Springs campus is free.
Other CDU campuses and centres don’t include CDU parking facilities.
For more information about parking visit the Office of Facilities Management.
CDU Mobile app
The CDU Mobile app helps you stay connected to the University, wherever you are. Here are just a few of the things you can do on the CDU app:
- get in contact using the staff directory
- find your way around with campus maps
- check out the latest news and events
- connect via social media
- find places to eat
- access support services
- learn about student accommodation options
- explore photo and video content.
SafeZone is a free app to help you stay safe at CDU. It connects directly to our security and safety staff, allowing you to quickly and easily get help if you need it.
'Ask CDU' is a knowledge base of frequently asked questions that provides answers to common problems any time of the day or night.