Getting started at VU

There are a few things you need to do before you start studying and during your first few weeks at VU.

We've brought together all the important stuff, with links to information on everything from logging in to your student account to finding a student mentor.

You can meet students and staff and ask questions in person at our O-Fest orientation, held at various campuses.

If this is your first year of uni, start by reading about our First Year Model.

Set up VU online systems & confirm enrolment

Check important dates

Dates and deadlines vary by year and course.

For example, our First Year Model differs from the traditional semesters in payment dates and census dates (deadlines for making changes to your units without penalties).

Take the time to read through the following information, noting the dates that are important to you.

Prepare to study

  • Attend a VU Ready session, where you'll be taught how to use the online systems and more.

  • Investigate the library.
  • Test you have access to VU Collaborate (login using MyVU); you'll use VU Collaborate to access course materials.
  • Get any materials you need from our bookshop.

Learn about VU

Talk to a student mentor

If you have questions about your course or life at Victoria University you can ask a Student Transition Mentor, or read some useful resources.

The mentors are students in your college who are here to help you settle in. You can meet face to face or connect with them on Facebook.

"Being an international student I didn’t know anyone at the beginning of the semester. Balaji was great, he answered all my course and staff related questions.
There are so many other things that Balaji assisted with but importantly he made me feel welcomed."

Ashan, international student, on Balaji, his Student Transition Mentor

Get involved in social activities

Settle in to Melbourne

If you have just arrived in Melbourne you may feel tired, anxious or stressed. You're not alone – this is a normal reaction for new students.

Take the time to adjust to your new environment and don't forget to learn about:

If you are preparing to move to Melbourne from another country, find out more about coming from overseas.

Know your rights & responsibilities

Take a look at our:

Have fun and good luck with your studies!

Find out more

Contact VUHQ student service centre to find out about enrolling, fees, student IDs and much more.


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