Five essentials for starting uni

Exciting. Daunting. Confusing. Your first week at uni will be all these and more. But don't worry, we've got the information you need to make things go as smoothly as possible.

1. Download a map

A great first step is to download the Lost on Campus app, which will direct you to your next lecture no matter where you are. If you do get lost, remember other students as well as staff are always happy to help, so just ask! You can also download printable maps and get detailed information on how to get to each campus by car or public transport:

2. Sort out your timetable

If you have a clash in your timetable, the best thing to do is contact your course advisor through your faculty. You can also get more information with our timetable FAQs.

3. Make contact with your lecturers

Making the effort to get to your first full week of lectures and tutorials can be tiring, but you'll be glad you did it for the rest of the semester. This is also the time to get in touch with your lecturers and tutors if you have any concerns about what's coming up in terms of assignments, exams or any other aspect of your subject.

4. Know your Library

Understanding your library early is the key to a successful first semester. It means you'll be confident using our online databases, support services and study areas before your first assignment is due. Check our library essentials for new students to get started.

5. Get involved

Once you're comfortable with your timetable, library and getting around campus, it's a good idea to look for opportunities to make friends outside your classes.

'Get involved in as many clubs, projects and other opportunities as possible,' says Georgina Wheeler, who did exactly that last year and went on to win our Big Idea social enterprise competition. 'This gives you the chance to meet other students with similar interests and start developing your skills.'

'The best advice that I can give to new students is to make an effort to make friends,' Georgina adds. 'It's important to realise that everyone feels a bit lost in the beginning, so I would encourage new students not to be shy because sharing the experience with other students will really improve your university life.'

To find clubs and societies, check out the Student Union website, our Get Involved section and advice for your first six weeks.

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