If you’re studying or living on campus at CSU, Orientation is a must-do. It’s your chance to explore everything CSU has to offer and immerse yourself in the student culture that makes CSU so special.
You’ll find out all the information you need to successfully navigate your way through your first few weeks as a CSU student and settle into your studies. There’s loads of support on offer, as well as social activities for you to meet new people and have some fun.
Our advice? Get involved. You’re only a first-year CSU student once – make the most of it!
Welcome to CSU
The first official event you attend as a CSU student will be your campus Welcome Event. It’s a big event held on the first day of Orientation – and it’s our chance to show you what being a CSU student is all about.
This event will include an official Welcome to Country by Wiradjuri and Biripai (or Biripi) elders, and you’ll also hear from your Head of Campus and Student Leaders. After the formalities have concluded, it’s time to mingle. There will be plenty of entertainment, activities and stalls for you to get around, and it’s a chance to meet new people.
You can find your campus Welcome Event below.
|Albury-Wodonga||27 February||11.30am –1.30pm||The Quad|
|Bathurst||25 February||11.30am –1.30pm||Library Lawns|
|Dubbo||27 February||11.30am –1.30pm||The Courtyard|
|Orange||27 February||11.30am –1.30pm||Library Lawn|
|Port Macquarie||25 February||11.30am –1.30pm||The Courtyard|
|Wagga Wagga||5 February||11.00am – 1.30pm||The Food Bowl Lawns|
Personalised support as soon as you arrive? Yes, please!
Because we want you to start your CSU experience with your best foot forward, we’ve put together a heap of tailored support sessions as part of your Orientation program. Check out the sessions below and choose which ones you want to attend. Our recommendation? Try to get to all of them if you can!
Who is here to support you at CSU
In this session, you’ll get a good understanding of the different teams that are here to support you at CSU, including Student Central and Student Services.
Manage your time for success
Are you prone to procrastination? Then this session is for you. Here, you’ll get help fitting study into your life. We’ll cover practical study tips, time management and how to avoid getting sucked down a YouTube rabbit hole.
when u got like 15 essays 4 assignments and 6 exams to study for and u just chill in bed contemplating ur whole life pic.twitter.com/JpNoH6a6N4
— Bianca Adamo (@biancaadamo) April 1, 2015
Get involved – clubs, societies and sport
Want instant friends? Your best bet is to join a CSU club, society or sporting team when you move on campus. In this session, you’ll learn all about the different social groups at CSU and how to sign up.
It just happens, tbh. One day you're by yourself and then the next day someone says hi and boom bam you got friends
— sad but ok (@Asialoveee_) May 10, 2017
Create a spending plan
In this tailored session, you’ll learn how to manage the costs of studying. We’ll make sure you can track your spending, plan for regular bills and avoid debt shock. Side note: our goal is to teach you to budget so well you can still afford avo toast from your fave local café.
I was gonna put a down payment on a house last year but then I spent $44,000 on avocado toast https://t.co/SvSEisua71
— Snowbonk 201 199 165 (@Bowsnonk) May 15, 2017
Academic success orientation
Everyone wants to start uni off on a good note – especially when it comes to your classes. One way to do this is by boosting your literacy and learning skills. In this session, we’ll show you some handy resources you can tap into, and how to develop your study skills.
— ż (@ctrl_zaz) January 11, 2017
Start strong at uni
This session is all about resilience – a necessary skill for uni students. In this session, you’ll learn the skills needed to achieve a balanced lifestyle, manage your time and stay motivated.
"I've got 99 problems, and all of them are procrastination" — Lay-Z
— Ella Cerón (@ellaceron) May 29, 2014
If you’re keen to go along to these tailored support sessions, all you need to do is jump on your Orientation hub. There you’ll find all the details about where and when the sessions are being held. You can use your Orientation planner to build your own schedule of events. All sessions are 100 per cent free – and you don’t even need to register to attend. Just turn up and get to work!
Your Orientation – all in one place
Everything you need to know about Orientation is in the online Orientation hub.
Before Orientation starts, get the lowdown on exactly what’s happening on your campus by logging in to your Orientation hub and taking a look around. The entire hub is personalised – just for you. You’ll find everything you need to know about what’s happening around your campus during Orientation.
For example, if you’re studying on Albury-Wodonga campus, you’ll see that there’s heaps of social activities during the week, including a toga party, bush dance, a ‘dag’ dress-up night, as well as a combined trivia/moonlight cinema night.
Studying on campus at Port Macquarie? There’s plenty going on there too. You’ll find activities like learning to surf, a karaoke night, food fair, paintball, trivia games and a toga party.
The countdown is on, guys!
While you eagerly anticipate Orientation and your welcome to life as a CSU student, why not check out our 50 tips to get you organised before uni starts.
We look forward to seeing you on campus at CSU soon!