Starting at ICMS

Studying at ICMS in Sydney Australia can provide the ultimate student experience!

Studying away from home is your chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, expand your horizons, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. “Studying at ICMS gave me the best years of my life”, said nearly 90% ICMS students in 2018.

Please note, International students studying on student visas are required to undertake full-time study as a condition of their visa, under the Australian Government's Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000. These requirements do not apply to international students studying on other visa types. 

Read below to find out more about how to give yourself the best chance to settle in and have a memorable time at ICMS.


What day should I arrive at the College?

If you are living on campus, you should check-in on the Saturday or Sunday prior to the start of Orientation Week (O Week).
Once your travel details have been confirmed you must let us know whether you will arrive on the Saturday or Sunday.

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in time is: 02:00pm – 10:00pm

Check-out time is: 10:00am

For the alternative times please contact ICMS Reservations.

What happens if I will be arriving early?

If you will be living on campus and are arriving more than 2 days prior to start of O Week (New students only) you can request to check-in to your on-campus accommodation early. There is a cost for early accommodation and it is subject to availability. Please contact [email protected] if you wish to arrive more than 2 days before O Week or prior to returning students check in.

Do I need to attend Orientation Week?

Yes. O Week is compulsory for all new students and includes important sessions such as official enrolment and academic briefings, as well as a range of fun team-building activities and tours.

How do I know if I have on campus accommodation?

If you have requested to live on campus you will receive an Accommodation Offer email stating that your first or second preference has been successful and with full payment details. Once full payment has been received a confirmation email will be sent.


Rooms are equipped with a desk, wardrobe, heating, and wireless internet. All linen is provided and rooms are dusted and vacuumed once a week. Each floor is equipped with a kitchenette, common showers, toilets and ironing facilities. You will also receive residential support from the residential assistants, senior ICMS student leaders who live on campus.

Is internet included in the accommodation package?

Yes. All the students are provided with Internet access.

Is there after hours assistance?

Yes, there is an RA team member onsite and available between 7:00PM – 9:00AM to provide our students with support and assistance. Additional assistance for all on campus emergencies is also provided by the House Manager. 

Are ICMS residences secure?

Yes, have CCTV cameras installed within the building common areas, entry points and hallways, which operate 24 hours a day. Entrance to the property outside of office hours is only permitted to those with an authorised room keys and security passes. A manager on duty is scheduled every day and available until late in the evening.

How do I get from the airport to ICMS?

On public transport the combined cost of travel from the airport to ICMS is approximately $30. From the airport, you will need to catch a train to Circular Quay, then take the ferry to Manly wharf, then catch a bus to ICMS. For more information on how to get to ICMS using public transport please visit the Sydney transit website

Shuttle services - $45 (approximate price)

Collaroy Shuttle     +61 29984-1420
North Side Shuttle +61 2 9401 4654
Beachside Shuttle     +61 2 9982-2757 or +61 2 404 650 651
Shuttle buses need to be booked at least one week in advance. Please note that ICMS does not organise airport pickup for students.

Taxis - $80 to $120

No booking necessary, taxis are located outside the main entrance of both the international and domestic terminals. Taxis will accept cash, MasterCard and Visa. Tipping is not required and is done so at your own discretion. Ensure the driver turns on the meter immediately once your trip commences. You should expect to pay toll charges on top of your fare.

For more information on navigating around Sydney airport, flight information and maps of terminals please visit the Sydney airport website

What do I need to wear to class?

At ICMS we ask all students to wear business attire to class. You will be given a copy of the ICMS business attire requirements before you arrive to ICMS. As a guideline you will be required to wear a full business suit with a jacket and pants (or skirt). Male student will be required to wear a business shirt and tie with business shoes and female students a neat blouse with business shoes to go with their suits.

What should I wear during Orientation Week?

Business attire is required for Orientation Week. Business pants/skirts, closed toed polished shoes, and business shirts and blouses (no jacket required) are acceptable. You will also be attending a number of team-building activities, so bring some good walking shoes and sports gear. 

Can I open an Australian bank account?

Australia has a range of choices when it comes to managing your money. You can set up a bank account before or after you arrive in Australia. To open an account you will need:

  • Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), which is issued by ICMS in support of your visa application
  • your passport
  • your Letter of Offer
  • some other form of identification 

Our Student Services team will be able to assist you to set up your account and there will be bank representatives available on campus during orientation to answer your questions. 

Do I need health insurance to study in Australia?

Yes. All students coming to Australia are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This is a necessary step in obtaining your Australian student visa. ICMS can arrange your first year of coverage with our preferred provider. It is your responsibility to ensure that you maintain cover for the duration of your studies.

If you already have current Overseas Student Health Cover, a copy of your current membership is required prior to accepting your offer.

Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish students do not require Overseas Student Health Cover.
Study Abroad students will only receive cover for the duration of their studies.

How far away is the beach?

Manly & Shelly beaches are only a 5-7min walking distance from the ICMS Northern Beaches Campus. In fact, there are 9 beautiful beaches within walking distance from the College!

Where will my classes be held?

The ICMS Northern Beaches Campus is where most undergrduate classes take place. This is the main campus and one of the most amazing in the world and perfect for a memorable student experience in Manly, a beautiful place to study.

The ICMS City Campus is mainly for postgraduate students and is central and convenient. It's perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in Sydney’s business district.

The Esplanade Campus is where English classes and the Australian Foundation Program is held. 

Is there public transport nearby?

Northern Beaches Campus: Local bus transportation to other attractions on the Northern Beaches is accessible just outside of ICMS campus (Darley Road).  Public and Privately operated ferry transportation to the Sydney CBD is located just a 10 min walk from ICMS. Please ask at reception for maps, directions and timetables.

City Campus: The City Campus is centrally located near Central Station, light rail, and many bus stops. 

Is there car parking available?

Northern Beaches Campus: ICMS provides limited on-site car parking on a first come-first serve basis to those displaying a current ICMS parking permit.  Please note that spaces are limited. 

City Campus: Paid parking can be found at the Market City Car Park or Goulburn Street Parking Station

Are there sporting facilities nearby?

Northern Beaches Campus: ICMS has expansive grounds for various sporting activities including tennis, football, basketball and netball. There is also a pool table and ping pong table in the student common area. ICMS students also have teams in local rugby, futsal and netball competitions. General fitness activities are often arranged like the swim club, surf club, zumba, yoga and bootcamp.

City Campus: There are no sporting grounds at the city campus however there are plenty of walks and gyms nearby.