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.

Winter O-Fest

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

Campus Tours will run at every campus event. Tours will begin at 12.30pm from outside the campus VUHQ – look out for our Vollies!

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

City King Campus orientation activities

Tuesday 17 July 12-1pm
Level 2 student lounge

View the City King Campus map

Werribee Campus orientation activities

Thursday 19 July, 12-1pm
Building 1, outside VUHQ 

View the Werribee Campus map

City Queen Campus orientation activities

Monday 23 July 11.30am – 1pm
G.01/02 foyer

View the City Queen Campus map

City Flinders Campus orientation activities

Monday 23 July, 11.30am – 1pm
Level 9 student lounge

View the City Flinders Campus map

Footscray Park Campus orientation activities

Tuesday 24 July, 11am – 1pm
Building P courtyard

View the Footscray Park Campus map

St Albans Campus orientation activities

Wednesday 25 July, 11.30am – 1pm
Building 4N, outside café

View the St Albans Campus map

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.

Compulsory international orientation activities

11am - 2pm, Friday 29 June
Footscray Park campus, Building A, Room A328

For students studying a foundation level course:

Registration is not required for this session.

More about Foundations Orientation

9.30am - 3pm, Wednesday 11 July
Footscray Park campus, Building L, Room L114

For students studying at the following course levels:

  • postgraduate business courses
  • Doctor of Business Administration 
  • VU College
  • Victoria University Polytechnic.

Registration is required for this session.

Register for 11 July

9am - 3pm, Tuesday 17 July
Footscray Park campus, Building L, Room L114

For students studying at the following course levels:

  • bachelor
  • graduate certificate (all courses except business)
  • graduate diploma (all courses except business)
  • master (all courses except business)
  • Phd (integrated) from all colleges.

Registration is required for this session.

Register for 17 July

Optional international orientation activities

11.30am - 3.30pm, Friday 20 July
VU Bar, Building M, Footscray Park Campus

Part scavenger hunt, part campus tour, the Incredible Race is a whole lot of fun! Lunch will be served at the VU Bar at 12pm. 

Register for The Incredible Race

Workshops on Friday 13 July or Thursday 19 July

These free sessions are designed to help you:

  • meet other students
  • 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.

You can register for one or more sessions: