New students flock to Bundoora

The local community will welcome a cash injection of 800 new residents when La Trobe University students move into on-campus accommodation this week.

From all over Victoria, the first-year students will journey to Bundoora to begin their university lives – and boost the economy of local industries. They will join 700 returning students, forming a 1500-strong cohort to support the local community. 

For 18-year-old Hamish Stares, the move to La Trobe's busy Melbourne Campus from his hometown of Yea is a daunting but positive step. Hamish will study a double degree in Arts/Science at La Trobe in 2015. 

"I'm really looking forward to joining the inter-college sports competitions on campus because I like to play a bit of cricket and footy," Hamish said. 
"Mum's trying to teach me some cooking skills before I move out but I've got a few backups planned just in case it's not exactly a My Kitchen Rules experience." 

Having graduated from a class of just 25 students at Yea High School, Hamish is keen to make new friends on campus – and he will have plenty of options given he is one of 800 new first-years to arrive this week.   

The students will engage in an exclusive Residential Orientation program (known as ResFest), designed to familiarize them with their new surroundings and facilitate their transition to University life.

A wide range of events and activities make up the diverse program, including community trips to local shopping centres, community dinners, academic workshops, and social gatherings.   

Senior Manager of Living at La Trobe at La Trobe, Adam Campbell, said living on campus allowed students to make the most of their university experience. 

"Students who live on campus quickly become part of a close-knit community," Mr Campbell said.
"They have access to plenty of support from staff and form a friendly neighbourhood emphasizing respect, inclusivity and collegiality."  

This year saw an increase in students applying early to secure a place in on-campus accommodation. There was also a large number of applicants from regional Victoria.

Accommodation at La Trobe campuses usually operates at capacity but students are always encouraged to register through the website as places do become available throughout the year.  

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