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Your first week of uni: O-Week Survival guide

How to set yourself up for a breezy uni experience.

The 7 top tips you won’t regret reading.

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So now it’s time for you to adult. By some miracle you stayed awake long enough in Year 12 to make the grade for university and here you are: first week on campus. 

Just when you thought you were done being a student here you are once more, at O-week, looking around nervously and somewhat desperately for something, anything that will make the next three years survivable. You wore your very best casual outfit but, Lord help you, will it be enough?

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Never fear. Here’s your cut-price guide to getting through your college years – starting with orientation week - relatively unscathed.

The need for speed

Listen to lecture notes on double time. Simply adjust the speed of the playback. This means it’s half the pain.


Spell check

Get your essays proofread. Typos cause the same kind of irritation as boardies rubbing in the surf. Don’t make anyone chafe unnecessarily. Also, this means you will actually finish that assignment BEFORE you walk into class.

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Free booze (and food. But more importantly FREE BOOZE)

Go to art gallery openings. Sure, for the art. But also for the free booze and food.

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Make nice

Get to know your lecturers. That way when you need to play ‘the dog ate my homework card’ they are emotionally obligated (read: guilt tripped) to cut you some slack.


Get involved.

Join clubs and sporting teams. It’s a great way to meet your future clique  (also: your future ex-boyfriend).


Get a job

But make sure it’s one where you don’t actually have to work. Think about working in a pub / TAB where you can see the tumbleweeds roll on through. This way you can get paid to study.

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Do the maths

Know exactly how many classes you have to attend without losing grades. Make the most of these.



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