Orientation guide to the UTS campus
Welcome to our UTS campus! It’s likely you’ll spend more time here than in your own bed for the next few years, so here are some tips to help you settle in. From where to cook your instant noodles to finding your classrooms – we got you covered.
With around 20 buildings spread across four inner-city suburbs, the UTS city campus can be a little overwhelming on first visit. But it won’t take long to work out how to find your classes, favourite study spots and the most ‘grammable places on campus.
We recommend taking a walk through each of our main buildings to see everything on offer. All buildings are open to all students, no matter what faculty you’re enrolled in.
But, of course, you want the cheat sheet. So here are our top tips for getting around and getting the most out of your campus.
Getting around campus
CB01 might sound like a forgotten Star Wars droid, but it’s actually the ‘official number’ for the UTS Tower (Building 1). All UTS buildings have these numbers.
CB stands for ‘city building’ and is used for main campus buildings (eg CB11, CB08). Buildings further away have different letters eg MP01 is the UTS building at Moore Park and PH01 is the Powerhouse Museum, where some UTS lectures are held.
Most campus buildings have nicknames as well as official numbers and names. They’re often more widely used, so we suggest you get to know them!
You can locate buildings and other campus services like bubblers, cafes, bike parking and sports facilities using the maps function on the UTS app (Android or iPhone) or head to UTS Maps if you’re on a desktop.
Finding a room
UTS also has room codes for every classroom, lab and lecture theatre. The code tells you the building number, floor level and room number.
The UTS Wayfinding site will let you pinpoint a room on a floor plan of the building. Just search by code.
Student lounges with a variety of benches, desks, armchairs and group tables are spread across most buildings. The best ones have plenty of power points and USB charge points.
We suggest checking out UTS Central (Building 2) for some of the best study spots with a view, both inside and outside the Library. The underground levels of Building 11, levels 3-6 of the Tower and the lower levels of Building 5 also have lots of good study spaces, including the Green Space in 5A. But everyone has their favourite – explore campus and find yours before classes start!
Bookable group and private study rooms are available in UTS Central (including inside the Library) and other campus buildings depending on where you’re enrolled. Find them and book them online via Library Room Bookings.
Find out more about different types of student spaces available to you.
Food and drink
Bad news for your wallet: cafes and takeaway places are all across campus. The UTS Central food court includes PappaRich, Mad Mex, Sushi World, Stock Market, The Little Roaster, ChaTime, The Terrace Café and UTS icon Uni Bros, a kebab and pizza shop that offers sweet student deals.
Also just off Alumni Green are the Penny Lane Café (Building 11), Café 10 (Building 10) and Cornerstone Café (Building 7).
Elsewhere on campus, you can find Universal Café and The Good Bowl in Building 6, Café 80 in Building 8 and Art of Food Café in Building 5.
Two campus bars are run by ActivateUTS. The Loft is just off Broadway, with a great courtyard for afternoons in the sun, while The Underground on level 3 of the Tower offers pool tables, air hockey and a stage for live events. UTS students get a 10% discount at both venues.
Kitchens and cool water
If you’re trying to save money, you’re in luck: most campus buildings have a kitchen area available to students. At a minimum, kitchens are fitted out with a microwave, a sink and a filtered water tap with instant boiling or chilled water, as well as plenty of bench space for food prep. Here are some of the best student kitchens on campus.
Most buildings have additional water bubblers and/or water bottle refill stations. Newer buildings have them on every floor. There are also a couple on Alumni Green. See the full list.
Find a space in the sun
Study best outdoors? We’ve got you. UTS may be a city university, but there’s plenty of space to catch some rays. Our ‘green heart’ Alumni Green includes the lawn, where deck chairs are available most days, as well as tables and chairs within the leafy gardens behind the Tower. There are also a couple of table tennis tables at the garden end – visit the ActivateUTS counter on level 3 of the Tower to borrow bats and balls.
The new UTS Library in Building 2 features two outdoor terraces, one overlooking Alumni Green and the other over Broadway, giving the option of sunshine-filled study breaks. Building 6 has two outdoor courtyards on level 4: one at the front of the Universal Café and the other tucked behind the UTS Gallery (walk past the gallery and turn left).
Building 5 has a couple of courtyards with seating (levels 1 and 2), available for outdoor study or chill time. There are also balconies on levels 4 and 5.
Building 8 opens on to The Goods Line, which has plenty of seating and lawn to lie on, in sun and in shade.
Stay safe on the roads
Our inner-city location means UTS is surrounded by busy roads. But it’s easy to stay safe if you stay aware as you travel around campus.
Heads Up UTS is a two-minute video with all the tips you need to stay safe. UTS prefered paths is a map of the safest and speediest routes across campus, which include the Harris St foot bridge and the Goods Line where you can avoid major roads. You can pick up a printed copy from the Security desk on level 4 of the UTS Tower.
And stay safe on campus
UTS Security patrols campus 24/7 and provide lots of services that will keep you feeling safe.
You can contact security when you’re on campus by dialling 6 from a campus phone, or 1800 249 559 from any phone. Or, you can visit the Security desk on level 4 of the Tower, near the main entry from Broadway.
In an emergency, always dial 000, whether you’re on or off campus.