The University of Sydney Union’s (USU) Orientation Week is one of your first introductions to university life. Campus will be decked out with hundreds of stalls for you to browse – this guide will help you know where to start.
Pick from hundreds of clubs and societies
From chocolate and roller derby, to ethno-cultural or religious groups – whatever your interest, there’s something for everyone amongst the hundreds of clubs and societies stalls. Clubs and societies are one of the best ways to make new friends, plus some memberships come with merch, so signing up is a win-win!
Bonus tip: most clubs and societies have small membership fees, so make sure you bring cash.
Stock up on freebies
Most students will tell you that the best part about Orientation Week is the freebies. Plenty of clubs and societies hold BBQs and cake stalls, and there are always people roaming around Eastern Avenue with giveaways. Free merch, free food and free drinks – we can’t think of a better way to start your life on a uni student budget.
Bonus tip: be sure to swing by the USU’s ACCESS tent. ACCESS is your passport to discounted food on and off campus, and membership to clubs and societies (who often are a source of free food throughout semester).
Stay fit (on a student budget)
Touch, rock climbing, waterpolo, frisbee – there’ll be a sport for you, whatever your interest and fitness level. Most of the sports teams here at the University have sign-up stalls during Orientation Week, and the Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness (SUSF) stall can answer any of your questions about staying fit at uni.
Start building your network
Swing by the Student Alumni Association stall – they’re a group of student volunteers who work with the Division of Alumni and Development here at the University. Joining is a great way to meet new people and have fun, but also gain some industry experience – members attend some of the University’s biggest events, work with University staff and network with our 320,000 strong alumni community.
Meet your student reps
The SRC (Student Representative Council) and SUPRA (Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association) stalls have plenty of tips to help you settle in to student life, and information about your rights and interests as a student. You can also find out about the weekly student newsletters published on campus, the SRC Disabilities Collective, and where to find second-hand textbooks to save yourself some cash.
Get connected at the ICT Hubs
Setting yourself up on our Wi-Fi network, making sure your Unikey log in works, and getting used to our online systems – make it easy for yourself by visiting the ICT-staffed learning hubs. There’ll be four set up across our campuses, so that any tech issues you have can be sorted before the semester really begins. Visit our friendly staff at Fisher Library (level 3), Carslaw West Learning Hub, Abercrombie (level 1) and at Cumberland Campus Block B.
Find out which Uni services can help you
While you’re on campus, pick up your student card at the student centre, check out the Library orientation programs and take note of the University Health Service. With a Dropbox stall to help fast-track your study, our student services are designed to make your University life easier. Find out more about student support services.
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