New faces. New places. New experiences. Your first weeks at university will be full of new things. And with all the excitement, you probably also have a few questions.
So we’ve rounded up the top four frequently asked questions by those who are just about to start university.
1. Will I make friends?
University is a great place to make new friends. You’ll get introduced to fellow students at Orientation, you’ll meet new people in your classes, and you’ll get to know others as you work on group assignments and practicums together.
There’s also a whole range of student groups, clubs and societies at universities – everything from sporting activities to music, art and languages. Joining clubs that interest you and signing up to the student association to get involved in students events, are great ways to meet likeminded people.
Ultimately, making friends is one of those things that just happens naturally – so don’t force it. Walking onto campus for the first time can be daunting, especially when you don’t know anyone. But it’s important to remember that nearly everyone else will be in the same situation. They are all new, just like you.
Living in student accommodation is one of the best ways to get the most out of your university experience. Different universities will have different accommodation options – some run by the university, and some run by private providers that cater to university students.
At ACU, we offer accommodation in Ballarat, Canberra and Sydney. With our accommodation, you'll get academic support, make lifelong friends, and be part of a diverse and close-knit community. You'll also have access to unique sporting, leadership, spiritual, and community engagement opportunities.
3. How many hours of class can I expect each week?
Depending on which course you choose, and whether you are studying full or part-time, you may be able to squeeze all of your contact hours in to three days of the week – but you’ll still be busy. You will need to read, research, review and ensure your assignments are completed on time. In general, full-time students are expected to spend at least 40 hours per week on their studies (including the contact hours). Think of it like working in a full-time job.
Many students choose to find part-time work while they study, from a few hours to a few days per week. This can help to ensure you maintain a good study/work/life balance.
4. What if I need support?
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: universities want you to do well in your studies. At ACU, we see your success as being our success, and we’ll help you with everything from challenges in your personal life to challenges with your studies. Just some of our support services available to students include: