Welcome to Victoria University and Victoria University Polytechnic – we hope it's one of the most memorable times of your life!

Orientation is a great way to start university or TAFE. You'll receive important course information and make friends at fun social events.

On-campus orientation is held twice a year. In February/March (Semester 1) we call it Summer O-Fest, and in July (Semester 2) we call it Winter O-Fest.

Summer O-Fest 2019

Make new friends, join a club and find out about support services at Summer O-Fest. There will also be free food and entertainment to enjoy.

You can attend any of the below Summer O-Fest events for free.

Monday 18 February, 11.30am–1pm
Level 9 student lounge

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Wednesday 13 February, 11.30am–1pm
Level 2 student lounge

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Monday 18 February, time to be confirmed
Courtyard – outside G.01/02 lecture theatres

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Wednesday 20 February, 11am–1pm
Building T, Level 1

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Thursday 21 February 2019, 9am–2pm
Building P and M courtyards

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Tuesday 19 February, 10.30am–1.30pm
Outdoor area – between building 5 and 4

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Tuesday 12 February, 11.30am-1pm
Outside building C

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Thursday 14 February, 11.30am–1pm
Outside building 1A

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More O-Fest events

These O-Fest events are for anyone to attend, regardless of what campus you're studying at.

Family Information Day

Sunday 17 February, Footscray Park Campus

Summer O-Fest Block Party

Friday 22 February, Footscray Park Campus

Clubs Week

Monday 4 March - Friday 8 March, Footscray Park Campus

Can't make orientation on campus?

Local students can follow our getting started checklist for helpful information about starting uni at VU and the tools you'll most commonly use.

International student orientation

As a new international student you need to arrive in Australia before your course starts and in time to attend your compulsory international orientation and enrolment session.

These sessions are free and run by Student Services. You will find out important information about living in Melbourne and getting started at VU, including:

  • health and safety
  • arriving in Melbourne
  • accommodation and rental advice
  • your student visa rights and responsibilities
  • academic and support services for international students.

For international students enrolled in a Victoria University Polytechnic course. This orientation session will help your transition to life at VU and give you essential information about settling into your course.

Friday 1 February, 10am–3pm
Footscray Nicholson Campus

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For international students enrolled in a VU College Diploma.

Wednesday 13 February, 9.30am–5pm
City Flinders Campus

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For international students enrolled in a bachelor or postgraduate (including PhD integrated) course.

Wednesday 20 February, 9am–5pm
Footscray Park Campus, Building L, L114

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For students studying at VU on exchange or study abroad.

Tuesday 19 February, 9am–3pm
Footscray Park Campus

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For international students enrolled in a VU College foundations course.

Friday 22 February
Footscray Park Campus

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For international students enrolled in a postgraduate business course (including PhD research).

Wednesday 27 February, 9am–4pm
City Flinders Campus, Level 12, Convention Centre

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Friday 1 March, 10am–4pm
City Flinders Campus

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More orientation activities

An interactive session for new international students, designed to help you:

  • meet other students and staff
  • look for a job
  • learn about Australian life and culture
  • learn about seeing a doctor in Australia, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and staying healthy
  • learn how VU online systems and services work
  • have a great experience at VU and in Melbourne.

Friday 15 February, 9am–3pm
City Flinders Campus

Friday 22 February, 9am–3pm
Footscray Park Campus

Friday 1 March, 9am–3pm
City Flinders Campus

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Make new friends and experience Melbourne's summer culture with an afternoon of activities at the beach.

Participate in fun activities on the sand or in the water (you can choose).

Saturday 2 March, 11.30am–5pm
Williamstown surf life saving club