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Quadrangle and lawns with busy stalls during Welcome Week

Get prepared for university at Welcome

Set yourself up for success

Find out everything you need to know about university life and start semester on the right foot by attending essential orientation sessions, workshops and events at Welcome.  

Our Welcome Program is your opportunity to familiarise yourself with the University, learn about the facilities, services and resources available to you, meet staff in your faculty or school, connect with fellow new students and immerse yourself in uni life.

It includes Welcome Fest, a three-day festival held in the week before semester begins, as well as other activities throughout February such as mentoring, performances, information sessions and workshops. 

Here’s everything you need to know to make the most out of Welcome. 

Plan your schedule 

To ensure you don’t miss out on essential preparations, head to the Welcome Planner to register for workshops and events, as well as create your personalised schedule.

Most Welcome activities are usually held during the month of February, especially during the week prior to the start of semester. You'll need to register for some activities ahead of time, so don't leave this to the last minute.

Don’t miss your faculty or school welcome

Take advantage of your faculty and school welcome programs. They are where you’ll find out all you need to know about your course, as well as meet fellow students and academic staff. Many also include mentoring opportunities with senior students from your area of study. 

Take notes on important locations such as faculty or school buildings, key dates and the names of academic staff who are here to help you, like your undergraduate coordinator. 

Check out the Welcome planner to find faculty or school welcome activites that apply to you and add them to your schedule. Don't forget to log in to your new university email and check for invites to other student welcome events.

Students sitting in a lecture theatre attending an information session

Attend information sessions and workshops  

Want to know how to get the most out of your lectures and tutorials? Or, want to brush up on your research, writing and referencing skills? Throughout Welcome, you’ll have the opportunity to join information sessions and workshops from Student Life, the Library, Learning Hub, Careers Centre and more to help you transition to university.  

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about all the support services and resources available to you at the University. It’s important to take the time early in semester to identify support services you may need, so you’re set for success during the academic year.  

Register for information sessions and workshops.

Explore campus  

Did you know that our main Camperdown/Darlington campus is so big it has its own postcode – 2006?  

Attending Welcome is a good chance to explore campus and get your bearings, so you don’t wander into the wrong lecture theatre on your first day. Make use of our maps and directions to help you get around, and if you need help finding your way just ask our friendly staff or student volunteers around campus.

You should also take the chance to visit our Student Centre, where our team can assist you with administrative matters like getting your student card, class timetables, examinations, and HECS and other fees. You’ll find the Student Centre on Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building on the Darlington side of our main campus.

Don’t forget to log into our Wi-Fi network for free unlimited access on campus using your UniKey and password.

The University of Sydney Quadrangle

Know where to find support  

Whether it’s your first time at university or you’re returning to study, we’re here to support your transition to the University. We offer a range of support services and resources, including:  

Person in Ibis costume smiling at the camera

From live music and freebies to dancing ibises, there's no shortage of fun at Welcome Fest. 

Enjoy the festivities  

Finally, make sure you enjoy Welcome Fest! Previously known as o-week, Welcome Fest is a three-day festival held a week before the start of semester.

From 15 to 17 February, campus will be decked out with hundreds of stalls for you to browse, including the USU's clubs and societiesSydney Uni Sports & Fitness (SUSF), the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and more.  Plus, don’t forget to stock up on free merch, food and drinks!  

Plan your schedule for Welcome Fest.

Got a question?  

Don’t be afraid to ask. Feel free to approach student volunteers or our friendly staff and ask about anything you can’t find or figure out during Welcome. They can usually be identified by a staff lanyard, a nametag, an "Ask Me" badge or a volunteer t-shirt.

Updated: 11 January 2023

19 December 2022

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