Our Facilities

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

Your life at UOW is supported by all the amenities you'd expect of a world-class university, from cutting-edge research and teaching environments, conference centres and the new Innovation Campus, to everything you need for education, business and entertainment. Connect with your new community:

Research and development

Backed by 19 research institutes, the new Innovation Campus, and state-of-the-art institutes, we are leadinthe way in research and development.

Innovation Campus (iC): Named 2011 Best New Business and Industrial Park Development in Australia by the Property Council of Australia at their Innovation and Excellence Awards, our $350 million community of business and research enterprises is home to some of Australia's leading researchers and R&D.  iC comprises 135,000sqm of research, innovation and office space; cutting-edge research centres; high-tech infrastructure; and an ecologically sustainable residential and work environment. 

SMART Infrastructure Facility: The first of its kind in Australia, SMART is a $61 million centre of integrated laboratories which harness UOW expertise to address Australia's infrastructure needs – today and into the future.

Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI): IHMRI is a partnership between UOW and the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service. Through collaboration between academic and clinical researchers, IHMRI aims to directly benefit clinical practice and health service delivery.

Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM): An Australian first, AIIM will use innovative fabrication methods to take multifunctional materials from fundamental research to the proof-of-concept stage. AIIM will transform traditional industries and form the basis for new high-tech health and energy manufacturing industries.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Sciences (ACES): A multidisciplinary approach to solving some of the biggest challenges facing society – six Australian research strengths working with industry and researchers worldwide.

Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC): Leading the way to a restorative future, SBRC works to improve the energy-efficiency of new and existing buildings through advanced retrofit technologies, integrated component testing, skills training and ongoing research.


As the first organisation in Australasia to achieve Silver Status in the international standard, Investors in People (2011), the award-winning UOW library offers an outstanding collection of books, journals, online databases and e-resources. Staff can access the library catalogue and online databases 24 hours a day on the library's website.

Sport and recreation

The state-of-the-art University Recreation and Aquatic Centre (URAC) will cater to all your sports and fitness needs with playing fields, gymnasium and swimming complex, and a variety of social and sporting clubs, including lunchtime sports competitions.

Business and entertainment

Discover a wide range of UniCentre services:

  • Cafes and restaurants
  • UniBar and on-campus entertainment
  • Shops and commercial services
  • Medical centre
  • UniMovies
  • Child care

Child care – Kids' Uni

UniCentre Children's Services offers child care with qualified early childhood staff at two day care centres for children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years. Both centres are age-grouped. The centre operates 7.30am-6pm, Monday-Friday, 51 weeks a year. For more details or enrolments, contact Kids' Uni.

Science Centre

UOW is home to an interactive Science Centre featuring an observatory, planetarium and two exhibition halls which have over 100 interactive exhibits. It also runs entertaining science shows that explore the more interactive fields of science like blowing gigantic bubbles, freezing objects or just blowing things up. Thousands of people across all age groups visit the centre each year


Last reviewed: 22 October, 2014