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Welcome, or welcome back, to Victoria University!

Welcome, or welcome back, to Victoria University!

The start of semester is always busy as you settle yourself into University life and sort out a variety of administrative issues. We have tips to help you get familiar with your campus and the services available to support your study experience.

Paperwork (administration)

  • Check that your enrolment details are correct using MyVU portal
  • Get a copy of your timetable
  • Order your Student ID online
  • Make sure you are aware of the census date, and its importance. Check our important study dates on ASKVU or the academic calendar for details
  • Allocate yourself to tutorials, labs or other classes relevant to your course via MyTimetable.

If you are unable to find the answer you need online, visit a Student Service Centre or call us on 9919 6100. We have extended our opening hours and introduced pop up service centres at Footscray Park, City Flinders and St Albans campuses until Friday 15 March.

The pop up centres are located at:

  • Footscray Park, Building P (Cafeteria) ground floor – from 9am to 8pm
  • St Albans, 4N139 next to the existing Student Service Centre – from 9am to 7pm
  • City Flinders, Level 9 – from 9am to 7pm

Your first week

This is the time you'll start attending your first classes. During this week, it's a good idea to:

  • check your specific college web pages
  • get to know other students in your class
  • keep up to date with the academic calendar
  • buy your textbooks from the bookshop or look for second hand ones
  • start using your VU student email – and setup a forward to your personal email address. We will send important information to your VU student email account regarding your studies, fees, graduation, etc.
  • check out the various news, events and opportunities available to you

You can also contact your Transition and Retention Coordinator if you need someone to talk to about study options or settling into life at VU.

Academic skills

  • Make a study plan
  • Put all your assignment due dates into a semester planner
  • Check out the learning support available to you
  • Find course specific study help materials on our Learning hub
  • Visit the Library – both the physical building and the website.

On and around campus

We offer services to get you to and from campus, including security escorts, a car pooling program and evening shuttle buses.

Your safety is important to us, so check out our personal safety tips.

Your timetable will indicate the styles of class by the following codes:

  • L = lecture
  • LA = lab
  • PL = placement/clinic
  • TU = tutorial
  • WA = Workshop

Most of our rooms follow a simple numbering system. For example if your class is in room A315 you need building A, level 3, room 15.

You can download a campus map for each of your campuses. Or download our iPhone app - it has maps of all of our campuses so you can easily find your way around.

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Ask for help

Check out our Getting Involved, Getting Help brochure - it has helpful support service information. There is a copy of it in your student diary too so you can always contact us when you need to. 

We also run workshops and provide learning support to improve your general and subject-specific academic study techniques, writing, maths and English skills.

We have a series of short videos of our students and lecturers talk about common transition issues and how to solve them. 

Social life and getting involved

Check out the various clubs and societies, our sport and fitness facilities and leadership opportunities available to you and sign up at Orientation.

Introduce yourself to one new person in each class you attend. You'll make new friends quickly!

Census date

By week five you should be progressing with your studies and have a good idea whether you are happy with the subjects you have chosen.

If you would like to make some changes to your enrolment you must do so by the census date. This is the last chance to withdraw from subjects without financial penalty.

Contact us

If you have any questions you can:

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