University life in Fremantle (Perth)

Fremantle, located within the Perth metropolitan region, is a vibrant port city which draws people to its beaches, parks, eateries and markets. Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia!

The Perth metropolitan area has a population of 2.14 million people with very diverse backgrounds. The Perth/Fremantle lifestyle is very relaxed and there is lots to see and do. Fremantle is always abuzz with beach-side sunset markets, popular local bars, live music and street cafes. With Perth city just 18 kilometres away and accessible by train in less than 30 mins, students have the freedom to explore far and wide for daytime adventures and nightlife. Numerous festivals and events are hosted throughout the year including the Fringe Festival, Fremantle Street Arts Festival and Perth International Arts Festival.

Fremantle was the only Australian city to feature in The Lonely Planet’s guide to the ‘Top Ten Tourism Cities in the World’ in 2016 and Perth recently featured in the top two friendliest cities in the world in the prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveller.

Just a 40 minute drive from Perth International Airport, Fremantle is within easy reach of Western Australia’s main gateway to Asia, with most Asian cities no more than seven hours away by air.

  • Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus

    Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus is nestled in the West End of Fremantle within beautifully preserved Victorian-era buildings. It is the only ‘town’ university in Australia and is situated in unison with other Fremantle businesses and just steps away from local parks and beaches.

    The iconic Campus is close to the Fremantle Harbour, all major transport hubs, cafés and restaurants that reflect the truly multi-cultural lifestyle of the port city, one-off fashion boutiques and speciality shops that draw thousands of international visitors each year. A vast range of music, cultural and food festivals add a constant buzz to the European village-style atmosphere.

  • Study programs

    A range of study programs are offered at the Fremantle Campus in the following Schools:

    • Arts & Sciences
    • Business
    • Law
    • Philosophy & Theology
    • Education
    • Health Sciences
    • Nursing & Midwifery
    • Medicine
  • Accommodation

    Living on campus will give you 24/7 access to Fremantle’s West End lifestyle. With parks and beaches adjacent to the campus, and a glorious year-round Mediterranean climate, the great Australian outdoors will be right on your doorstep.

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  • Student Services

    Notre Dame offers personalised and one-on-one support for all international students including the following:

    Mentor Program

    All international students have a peer mentor who is from the same school or discipline. Connecting with an already established student helps students to become familiar with the campus and services available to them as well as meeting new people.

    A.   Academic Support 

    We strive to enable each student to achieve their goals and aspirations. The Notre Dame Study Centre's focus is on literacy and numeracy skills and individual learning plans can be designed for students from overseas. Academic support programs include the following:

    • Lunchtime Workshops

    A series of free workshops designed to support the learning of students across the University. The workshops are held throughout semester and are open to all students and cover a range of topics such as essay techniques, study skills, research and referencing protocols.

    • Free one-on-one drop-in sessions with the Notre Dame Study Centre's Academic Advisors

    ·      Success Now! Study Prep Workshops are run by the Notre Dame Study Centre prior to the commencement of each semester and help to prepare students for their studies in areas including Human Biology, essential Mathematics, Study Skills, Uni Success and Computer Survival Skills.

    • Careers Service

    Student Counselling

    Notre Dame's Counselling program is available to all students to support you in your studies and personal well being.

    Social networks

    • Sports and Recreation
    • Notre Dame Volunteer Network
    • Mature Age Student Network

    Student Administration

    Our International Officer can assist you with:

    • Withdrawal from programs/degrees
    • Changes of programs/degrees
    • Change of address
    • SmartRider/Opal (transport card) verification
    • Student ID cards
    • Transcripts
    • Application for graduation
    • Visa assistance
    • Extending your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
    • Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) enquiries

    Access and Inclusion Advisor

    The Notre Dame Study Centre provides the services of an Access and Inclusion Advisor, to assist students with specific needs to manage their studies. Students with a disability are encouraged to see the advisor to find out more about services and provisions.

    Campus Ministry

    The Campus Ministry team works to share the joy of the gospel and hopes to promote, encourage and engage students faith on-Campus and to offer the chance for students to flourish and seek excellence beyond measurable academic criteria. The Holy Spirit Chapel (Fremantle campus) and St Benedict’s Church (Sydney campus) host daily Mass and there are many opportunities for international students to get involved in special events and retreats throughout the year.

    Non-denominational Prayer Room

    In recognition of the diversity of the Notre Dame student body, a prayer room is available for use by students of non-Christian faiths.

  • Useful links

  • Public transport

    Central Fremantle is compact and easy to negotiate on foot or by bicycle. Free Blue and Red CAT buses link landmarks such as the Fremantle Arts Centre, Maritime Museum and Fishing Boat Harbour. Buses and trains operate from Fremantle to Perth, Rockingham and Mandurah. There is a regular ferry service from Victoria Quay to Rottnest Island. The crossing takes around 25 minutes.

  • Out and about

    Fremantle may have started life as a knockabout 19thcentury port, but these days ‘Freo’ is better known for its ocean-fresh seafood, craft beer and barista-quality coffee. Apart from enjoying the city’s well-preserved colonial streetscape visitors can explore cultural icons such as the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Round House and the Fremantle Prison. The colourful Fremantle Markets provides a weekly dose of retail magic, fresh food and pavement entertainment, while the Fishing Boat Harbour offers plenty of laid-back dining options – plus craft beer at the original Little Creatures brewery.