100 tips to survive first year

Since these tips were published in March 2015, student services at the University have undergone a massive overhaul. As such, a small number of the tips do not provide the correct details for where to find student services. We work very hard to ensure the accuracy of what we post, and we have updated tips where possible to bring the post up to speed. Thanks to the team at Student Info for keeping us up to speed with changes around student services.
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Page last updated February 2016


New to Melbourne this year? Fear not, for all of us from Unimelb Adventures have collaborate with the folk from The University of Melbourne Tips and Secrets to bring you our 100 tips to survive your first year at Melbourne.

This is a very big list. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. At least it’s full of helpful tips and advice!

Here we go.


1. Lectures start 5 minutes past the advertised time, and end 5 minutes earlier than the advertised.

If you have a 9-10am lecture, it really goes from 9.05-9.55am. They do this so you can get from one class to another if you have back-to-back classes. Tutorials and pracs on the other hand, don’t tend to operate this way.

2. Looking for easy money? Volunteer to participate in psych experiments.

If you look around Redmond Barry, there are usually tons of flyers around advertising for research participants. Most researchers will pay you around $10-20 an hour to be a part of their study (answering questionnaires etc.). There are some researchers that will pay you $100+. It all depends on what the task is.

3. You can find important university dates on the Academic Calendar

Dates like when semester 2 starts, when the exam periods are, when the non-teaching periods are etc.

4. You get student discount when buying Apple products for uni: http://store.apple.com/au-hed

Who wouldn’t want to save money off a macbook?

5. Get your resume/cover letter checked by career advisors at Stop 1:

You can also book into an appointment. They also offer drop in services: http://careers.unimelb.edu.au/student/come_and_see_us

6. Free gym classes on Fridays with MU sports

Want to stay fit and stick to your budget?  Melbourne University Sports offers a variety of classes to join for free every Friday during the academic semesters. Head here for the timetable: http://www.sport.unimelb.edu.au/FreeFridayFitness

7. Don’t forget to have your concession card with you when you’re traveling to and from uni.

Ticket inspectors are regularly on the prowl along Swanston St and Elizabeth St. They are unforgiving. Remember, you need to have both your Myki and PTV Concession Card with you when travelling on trams, buses and trains to avoid a fine. You can organise your concession card through the student portal, and what’s more, international students are eligible to get concession fares through the iUSEpass system as of February 2016. More information can be found here: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1849/~/public-transport-concessions

8. When using the uni’s wifi – there’s a 1GB download limit per week, per student.

1GB is still plenty to cope with during the week, but for those internet warriors out there, attempt to ration out your usage by avoiding downloads and collaborating with McDonald’s free wifi. More info: http://www.studentit.unimelb.edu.au/goodtoknow/quota.html

9. If your library fines are under $25, you don’t need to pay them.

No really! There’s no way you can pay a library fine until it’s over $25.

10. Missing your uniform?

If you’re interested in getting some University attire, head straight for the Co-op. Their prices are the best on campus (especially with a membership), and they’ve got a large range of things you can buy.

11. Pick up that last minute novelty gift

Speaking of the Co-Op, they don’t just sell Uni things. Unless you count the definitive guide of ‘How To Tell Whether Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You’ as a prescribed text. The Co-Op is full of awesome gift ideas that will make the giftee laugh, a lot.

12. If you’re looking for jobs on campus, head to Careers Online.

In the search engine, select ‘Jobs on campus’ under the ‘Type of Work’ menu.

13. Download the MetroNotify app!

It’s a nifty app that tells you if there are disruptions or delays on your train lines.

14. If you take either the Sunbury, Williamstown, Upfield, Craigeburn or Werribee lines, take the 401 bus to uni from North Melbourne station.

This will cut your travel time by up to 15 minutes during peak hour.

15. The early bird gets the worm!

When it comes to buying your textbooks from the Co-Op or free all day offers (eg. free Nutella crepe on the Tuesday of O-Week), get in early if you can. As an early riser, I’ve never had to wait in line for my textbooks because the Co-Op is empty at 9am! This also applies to buying tickets for big parties and events hosted by clubs and UMSU.

16. Newspaper offers for tertiary students

If you subscribe to a digital copy of The Age, you can enter your student email at the checkout and receive your subscription at only $1 for the first month and 40% off every month after that. As well as that, you can also subscribe to The Herald Sun for a discounted price or have physical copies delivered to your door at only $20 a year when you provide your student ID. You can have a look at these offers here and here.

Getting help

17. If you have any questions about uni, Ask.Unimelb is a good place to start searching for the answer

It’s run by Stop 1 and it’s a FAQ-type website. Or you can use students.unimelb which has all the information you will need to explore the university and manage your course.

18. Steps on how to connect to UniWireless (the wifi on campus) can be found here: http://www.studentit.unimelb.edu.au/findandconnect/connectwireless.html

19. If you cannot connect to UniWireless to save your life, bring your device to one of the Student IT helpdesk.

Locations of Student IT helpdesk are listed here: http://www.studentit.unimelb.edu.au/contact/index.html

20. If you don’t know whether a particular uni website is down, or whether it’s just you – check here: http://servicedesk.unimelb.edu.au/servicestatus/.

21. Need to ask Student IT a question, but too lazy to get to the helpdesk? Ask them over their live chat: http://www.studentit.unimelb.edu.au/chat/index.html.

Sometimes they can be particularly slow, but when they respond – they’re really helpful.

22. Need to chat to a librarian, but again – too lazy to get to the helpdesk? Live chat them: http://library.unimelb.edu.au/

80% of the time they’re super useful.

23. Need to chat ask Stop 1 a question, but you know – who makes phone calls nowaday?

Live chat Stop 1: http://students.unimelb.edu.au/stop1

24. Having financial problems? Financial Aid can help. You can get interest-free loans pretty quickly through them.

More info: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/finaid

25. Download the UniSafe app.

Available on apple and google phones.

26. Studying late on campus? You can get a security escort to the tram stop, your car etc.

You can use this service through the UniSafe app.

27. Stop 1: Connecting Students and Services.

Stop 1 is the home of student services online, on the phone and in person at 757 Swanston Street. As a student, Stop 1 can help you with enrolment, course planning, administration, support services and skills and development. Check online and save yourself some time by visiting students.unimelb.edu.au (http://students.unimelb.edu.au/stop1)

28. Studying late?

Although most libraries close before 9pm, some have an extended hours zone where they keep the lower floors open. For example, the Eastern Resource Centre (ERC) extended hours zone closes at midnight, the Brownless Biomedical library closes at 1am and Law Library closes at 11pm. http://library.unimelb.edu.au/hours

29. You are an international student and aren’t sure what your English level is?

Go and take the DELA test. This is a diagnostic test that allows you to measure your English skills. Once you complete this test, you should have a sort of recommendation about what skills you need to be improve so you can perform well in your study. For more information of DELA test, just go to this link: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/87mn

30. Make the most of UMSU!

UMSU provide a variety of free services that aim to make your life easier while you’re a Melbourne Uni student. If you come across any issues in the way your subjects are run or are in need of legal advice, UMSU is always willing to provide a hand free of charge. Not only that, UMSU is a great way to get involved with the extracurricular and fun stuff at Uni- it’s important to remember it’s not ALL about academics! They also have some great autonomous departments if you identify with any of them: Wom*ns, Queer, Indigenous and Disabilities.


31. You can buy most textbooks second-hand

Who buys textbooks brand new nowadays? More info about where you can purchase second-hand textbooks here: http://wp.me/p37Bwr-44j

32. Don’t buy your textbooks in advance. Wait until after your first lecture and the lecturer will explain how much you need them then decide what to buy.

Some subjects require weekly compulsory reading from textbooks, while others may require you utilise them only occasionally. The libraries will have copies of your textbook, but they will often be in the high use section (ie. you can hire them for between two hours and three days). If you hardly need your textbook, this might be a far cheaper option.

33. You can download Microsoft Office for free!

The University has a new agreement with Microsoft and now all students have free access to Office 365 ProPlus.

34. Be patient when emailing lecturers.

They receive hundreds of emails every day, so expect around 2-3 days for a reply. Don’t expect responses on weekends either, so have your questions preferably prepared during the working week.

35. The $20 membership at The Co-op may be good value if you shop there often. Or combine membership with another friend.

It’s a lifetime membership, and you get discounts for mostly everything in store. You can also sell back textbooks you buy from them and they’ll even give you back your $20 sign-up fee for selling your membership back to them.

36. Your lectures might not be recorded. Plan ahead.

Most lectures are recorded but some lecturers can’t seem to work the required technology. Or maybe they just don’t want to record themselves. This makes lecture attendance…slightly more mandatory than usual. It also makes revising lecture content much harder. Ask your lecturer if they’d mind you recording content for your own academic purposes, then use one of the 800 apps that will record audio.

37. Make LMS look pretty on your mobile device.

If you’re more of a portable person and you’d prefer to access the LMS on your smartphone or tablet (which is especially useful for getting through readings on the go), download Blackboard and be relieved at the aesthetic of an app for your Uni needs.

38. You don’t have to stay with the subjects you chose.

Two weeks into Macroeconomics and you want to puke? Never fear! You’re able to change subjects very easily, with minimal consequences, provided you act early. Check the census date in the handbook – this is the last date you can withdraw from the subject. If you missed the census date but you still need to withdraw, you may be required to keep the subject on your transcript (with an ‘incomplete’ instead of a grade), and/or pay for the subject anyway.

39. Make the library less confusing.

You probably remember learning about how libraries are set out at school aaaaaages ago, but that whole Dewey decimal thing? Its’ a lifesaver. When finding books for an essay, write down the number/code of each book on your phone from the online catalogue, then walk around and bask in the books.

40. Subject reader not available yet?

Most subject readers aren’t available until a few weeks into semester at the Co-op, save yourself some stress by double checking the LMS for readings online. Sometimes it’s better to just print the readings yourself rather than waiting around for the bookshop version.

41. Thinking about getting a new computer for uni and are doing architecture or engineering?

Preferably get a PC over an Apple Mac since many of the programs are not compatible with Macs. Engineering students, it has been said that Lenovo computers are the best for running engineering programs. If you already have a Mac think about installing bootcamp, it is software that allows you to install windows on your Mac and it’s free! https://www.apple.com/au/support/bootcamp/

42. You can access exam papers for most subjects here: http://library.unimelb.edu.au/examination_papers.

Keen to get on board that study train? Studying past exam papers are a step in the right direction. However, some subject coordinators don’t make their past exam papers available on the library database. In that case – email them.

43. The OneNote taking app you need.

Coming from someone who is obsessively organised, Microsoft OneNote is the note-taking app that slays every other idea. It’s neat, colourful, easy, and it will actually make other students envious of how organised you look at your lectures. (Bonus points for taking notes on readings and tutorials, because that’s also really useful).

44. Scanning and Photocopying

Students have free access to scanners and photocopiers. They are usually the massive printers in libraries. To use them, scan your student card on the printer (ensuring you have at least $0.10 on the card) and select “Use device functions” then choose to Copy or Scan. With scanning, you will be able to input your email address and the scanned files will be collated into one pdf. You are also able to send each sheet you scan as separate pdfs if you choose to.

45. The LMS is your best friend once you start Uni.

This is where you find ALL your resources. Lecture notes, Lecture recordings, staff info, subject info, assignment submission, tutorials etc! Over the years the LMS has proven to be extremely volatile and has been known to randomly shut down or glitch frequently throughout the semester. In order to spare yourself the turmoil of downloading 36 lectures during SWOTVAC, try and download as the content is posted. That way you have a copy to refer to, regardless of technical difficulty.

46. Read along with your lectures.

You’ll find that a lot of lecturers often put up their lecture slides before the lecture has begun, which is a great opportunity to get your hands on the slides and keep them alongside you for the lecture. You could print them off and take notes around it, or take the cool approach of making comments in the ‘Notes’ section underneath each slide in Powerpoint.

47. Check out ATAR Notes for subject reviews

If you’re not sure whether or not a subject is for you, there is a thread on ATAR notes where people review and rate subjects they’ve taken at Melbourne Uni which can be incredibly helpful when it comes to finding out about the difficulty of assessments, whether or not it complements the other subjects in your degree and how sufficient the lecturers are. You can take a look at it here: http://www.atarnotes.com/forum/index.php?topic=43031.0

48. Plan your timetable in advance

As we all know, subject registration is an incredibly frustrating time for everyone involved. To make things a little bit easier for yourself, it helps to know exactly which lectures and tutorials you want to be registered in ahead of time so you don’t have to waste time deciding on registration day. Using the SWS timetable, which can be found here https://sws.unimelb.edu.au/2015/ , you can search separate subject timetables and use this information to put together your ideal timetable in advance.

49. Make sure to check your uni email frequently for announcements from lecturers or events happening around uni.

You can also automatically forward everything from your uni account to a most used email account for convenience.

50. Opportunities in research

If you are interested in research, remember to have a chat to your lecturers about it. A lot of lecturers are still researching in their respective fields and some are more than happy to have you volunteer in their lab/team to do experiments. They get someone to help with their technical stuff and you get experience- win win! Not only that, there are also subjects out there which allow you to take on a research project as part of your course!

51. Google Docs may just save your life.

I know you’ve had that moment where your computer implodes and your beautiful essay is lost, or hasn’t been saved for the last three hours, ruining all your references. This need not be a time for tears. Google docs will store your work in the cloud, and autosaves whenever you make changes. You can then access your work from any device you can log into – even uni computers. You can even add multiple contributors for group assignments.

52. The topmost floors of most libraries are generally quiet study areas.

Sure, it might be a bit more of a hike, but it is totally worth it when you don’t have to listen to that annoying group of friends catching up on the weekends gossip.

53. Borrow books in advance

If you’re in a subject that requires a lot of essay writing assessments you’ll find that all the books you want to borrow a week or two before due dates have already been borrowed by other people. This is why it’s a really good idea to figure out which books you’re going to need in advance and borrow them ahead of time, before everyone else gets there first.

54. Melbourne Uni lets you harness its archives when you use Google Scholar.

Click on this link to see how to set it up: http://library.unimelb.edu.au/services/help_yourself/tools

55. Worried about your first university essay?

You can book appointments with academic advisors who will read through and help you edit here: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/academicskills/undergrads. Academic Skills is such an amazing service – please make the most of them!

56. Read.

Reading is what you want, nay, need, to do. Sometimes lectures aren’t enough, and surely readings will be discussed in your tutorials. Read and take notes, ask your tutor or Google if you’re stuck! Sure, it’s hundreds of pages to read from your reader and you may not even understand what the articles are trying to get to you at that moment, it’ll help you at the end. When you go around writing you final papers, you’re gonna realize how everything just, rather easily, ties up.

57. Make a referencing cheat sheet or use Endnote before you start your assignment.

Doing all your references at 3am is a bad idea. To avoid clumsy mistakes, make a template for your references, especially if you haven’t used a particular style before. Endnote is a program that essentially does this for you. You plug in all the information about your sources into the program and tell it what referencing style you’re using. Endnote then adds your references into your assignment, fully formatted, and gives you a nice looking bibliography at the end. Endnote is not 100% foolproof (it isn’t great for AGLC, for example) and can be pretty tedious, but if you use it correctly, it will save you pain.

58. Speaking of referencing, checkout Re:cite.

This website is a great way to get your head around referencing for most styles. http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/recite/

59. Email things to yourself if you need to print

What? You ask. As stupid as it may sound, its a great back up plan. USBs, no matter how fancy, are like the bobby pins and hair ties of the technological world- they go places and don’t come back. If something happens to your USB, you will have something to fall back on. Also, this will save you  a lot of money buying and rebuying USBs.

60. Don’t forget about your study

I know, I know, most eye roll inducing tip of the century (and possibly the next seventy), but it’s amazing how many people forget this. Sure, first year is a time when you’re off having fun, but don’t neglect your studies because it may come back to bite you.

You’re already paying an arm and a leg for a subject, the last thing you want to do is hand over a kidney (and to the Abbott government?!) when you wind up with a fail.

Your credit score is a better asset than how many Goon bags you can down in an hour (although that is pretty up there).

Cat videos and parties will be around forever.

Deadlines? Nup.

Do your study, pay attention, get your sh*t together. It will pay off (literally), trust me.

Now the Turnbull government. Ed, 2016.

61. In terms of grades, don’t bring expectations

Uni is a completely new ballpark to the last 5 years of structure, strict criteria and spoon feeding you’ve survived. You’re not going to find your footing until your first results come out and its highly unlikely that you will get the marks you want (although congrats if you do!).

There will be times where you’ve worked yourself to the point of sleep deprivation as well as illness, only to be told that your essay was ‘below average’. It’s a waste of time to worry about marks.

As difficult as it is and as cheesy as it sounds, think about how you’re just going to do the best that you can do. One way is to pretend that the criteria are not there. If there’s a sure-fire way to kill off motivation, it’s to keep asking ‘is this a H1/H2B/P essay?’ If you do nothing, you gain nothing except maybe hating yourself.

Not to mention, it is a lot harder to do well at uni. And if you are confused about the new grading system, check out this page: https://policy.unimelb.edu.au/MPF1052


62. Write legibly when signing up to clubs.

If they can’t read your handwriting, they’re going to enter your details incorrectly in their system, and you’re not going to receive emails about their events. Block letters people. Keep it legible.

63. Jaffy stands for ‘Just another fucking first year’.

Just in case someone calls you a Jaffy and you don’t know what it means…well, you know now. Warning: some Jaffy’s find the term Jaffy offensive. Don’t let this stop you from using the term #sorrynotsorry

64. Discount movie tickets if you buy them from the UniStore in the Union House

The joys of the student discount never get old.

65. Follow student clubs and societies on Facebook to be notified of their events:

If you don’t mind event spam, this is the best way to keep up to date.

66. The Clothes Swap rack near the Co-Op food store? That is a charitable and money saving way to get access to some new (old) threads.

How it works: Take something and bring something back. If you don’t mind wearing second hand clothing, this one is for you. It’s a bit hit and miss, but you can always find some cool stuff. There are people who have found things like Doc Marten boots…groovy, hey? Also, it gives you an opportunity to de-clutter your own space. Give it a try.

Food and coffee

67. Free band gigs, BBQs and booze on Tuesdays on North Court

Organised by UMSU Activities, this event is the perfect place to socialise with friends while listening to bands and eating free food. You can stay updated with the bands playing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/256252411242993/

68. Coffee cards ftw.

Make sure you get a loyalty card to places that you go to often. They’ll definitely pay off in the long run.

69. Free breakfast every Thursday morning (9-11am) on North Court

You heard right – free breakfast courtesy of UMSU Welfare: http://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/need-help/welfare/freebreakfast/. From memory, they usually have bacon and egg sandwiches, cereal, pancakes and other goodies to fill your belly.

70. Join the Yoga Club for $2:

You can enjoy a delicious, all you can eat vegetarian lunch in North Court for a gold coin donation every Wednesday. They also do weekly yoga classes for the same price.

71. Early Dinner?

It’s past 5pm and you’re stuck doing a group assignment. You’re starving and so is your group. NO WORRIES, just head over to Pronto’s Pizza (outside Union House) and order a large Pizza of your choice. It’s affordable and the cheesy goodness will ease the frustration and exhaustion that is consuming your existence.

72. Join M-ASS ($2) and SSS ($3) to have every Thursday’s lunch covered.

You know the drill. Free snags, veggie burgers and drinks! Nom nom.

73. Carte Crepes is god, and you shall bow down to their crepes.

Good crepes. Good people. They also do free crepe giveaways, traditionally on the last day of your exam, but also spontaneously throughout the year, just to keep you on your toes.

74. If you’re a fan of free food, follow Sausage Hunter on Facebook

Every week they compile a list of free BBQs on campus. You’ll never go hungry.

Sausage Hunter closed down in late 2015. Tip 74 remains as a commermoration of their valiant efforts to ensure the UniMelb student was properly fed. Ed, 2016

75. Heat up your lunches with the microwaves around campus.

The vast majority of microwaves are located on the ground floor in the lounge area of Union House, and on the second floor near the Joe Napolitano Rooms. Heads up – the lines for them are super long during lunchtimes. Brace yourselves. You can also check out the Lost on Campus app for other microwave locations, including the Spot.

76. Spot level 3 has the best vending machine with all the tasty Asian snacks.

They also have basic kitchenette facilities.


77. Download the Lost on Campus app.

If you get lost easily, you’ll love this app. It’s basically a GPS that tells you where the buildings, cafes and other spots around campus are. The app is available on apple, android and windows phones. On that note, Lost on Campus is designed by a company called StudentVIP. They allow a student platform for the exchange of books, notes and also has a tutor database!

78. Redmond Barry and Richard Berry are different buildings

Biggest rookie mistake is to turn up to Redmond Barry instead of Richard Berry for a class. They may sound familiar, but they are definitely different buildings on different sides of the campus. An easy tip to remember which is which is B-E-rry is by the E-ntrance.

79. There are lifts going up to Redmond Barry

Another rookie mistake is climbing up all 10 stairs to get to your tute room (but we’re not saying that there’s anything wrong up climbing stairs!). There are lifts located on the other side of the building.

80. If you ever lose anything on campus, try the Union House info desk.

The Union House Info Desk located on the ground floor is a good place to start your search. Otherwise, try these other places: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/v47n. And if you think you may have lost it at a library, try the info desk at the libraries.

81. Opening hours of libraries can be found here:

Although Unimelb libraries have normal opening hours generally between 9am-5pm, you can use your Unimelb student card to access their facilities after hours. This is especially handy during SWOTVAC when one is cramming their head with knowledge all night long. http://library.unimelb.edu.au/hours/library_opening_hours.

82. You can book group study rooms or computers here:

Why study alone when you can study with friends?! This link is a very helpful tool when you are completing group assignments. https://bookit.unimelb.edu.au/cire/login.aspx.

83. The Rowden White Library is an excellent place for cheeky naps.

This place is reserved for not studying. Seriously, the Rowden White Library is the coolest library on campus. If you need to sleep between tutorials, or catch up on the latest magazine subscription, or rent DVDs, the Rowdy is the place to be. When you walk in, take a left and head to their bean bag room.

84. System Garden is a beautiful place to take a break and relax

It’s a hidden gem on campus and it’s a popular hangout spot. It has cacti, and lush grass, and a little canopy… it the University of Melbourne Neverland.

85. You can hire lockers at Union House and sometimes through other clubs.

According to the info desk – it’s $50 to hire a locker for half a year, and $95 for the full year. Pricey. You’re better off trying some student clubs.

86. Save money on lockers by sharing one with a friend and splitting the costs!

There is plenty of room to share!

87. Your phone or laptop running low on battery? Why not leave them in secure charging stations?

If you want to leave your devices to charge while you go out on lunch – you can do so at Union House for a $20 deposit: http://wp.me/p37Bwr-3Ro

88. Know the location and the difference between the Royal Exhibition Building (REB) and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Unimelb exams are held in REB, as well as some locations on campus, such as Wilson Hall.

89. Skip the tram and take a leisurely stroll to Melbourne Central

You’re gonna think this really weird, but when trams are crowded, smelly, a serious a test of balance and so not worth what you pay for, they’re the last place you want to be after a day of classes and deadlines. Despite the occasional crowds, there is something incredibly refreshing about taking a walk in the fresh air. It saves you money which means you can afford another coffee at 7/11 or loose change menu item at Macca’s, and the walk means you don’t have to feel guilty!

The free tram zone makes that walk a tiny bit shorter. Don’t forget to touch on if you go beyond it; ticket inspectors are rife at UniMelb in particular. Ed, 2016

90. Rowden White library has a collection of DVDs of the latest movies/tv shows and fictional novels:

And free hire!

91. Also, when someone says they are going to the “Rowdy”, they mean Rowden White Library:

You’ll get the hang of uni lingo eventually, we promise!

92. Back entrances of lecture theatres:

Sometimes you’re running late to a lecture, and instead of getting up the stairs in front of everyone that got there on time, see if there’s any back entrances. Notable sneaky doors include Sunderland Theatre (Medical Building) and JH Mitchell Theatre (Richard Berry).

93. If you need a kitchen in the Law building, try level five.

There are a few microwaves on level one, but if the line gets crazy, try the nicer, less-populated area on level five.

94. Check out the Commerce library for comfy couches

If you feel like relaxing between classes whilst reading or surfing the net the Giblin Eunson library has a whole heap of couches that are insanely comfy and are separated from one another so the people next to you can’t see that you’re actually Facebook stalking your ex instead of studying for the exam you have next week.

95. Consider relocating your study to an on-campus cafe

If you’re sick of having to sacrifice your study spot every hour or so to run for food and coffee, there are a couple of cafes on campus that are surprisingly quiet and make for the perfect study location for all you caffeine addicts. Percy’s cafe, which sits right behind the Grainger museum, is fairly closed-off and can be a nice quiet place to tackle your readings or revisit lecture notes.

96. Need a nap but you’re stuck at the wrong end of campus?

The Law building has a sneaky nook on level one full of squishy chairs and happiness. Warning: it can get very warm due to the floor to ceiling windows. Napping may be unavoidable.

97. Choose the right tram stop

This might be a bit of an obvious one but some people don’t realise it, take the tram that’s closest to your class. If you have classes in Arts West or thereabouts, take the Elizabeth St trams instead of taking the Swanston St tram and walking all the way across campus! The 19 stops all the way up Royal Parade.

98. Topping up your myki

If you need to top up your myki there are machines located at the Swanston St tram stop. Alternatively, top up at the chemist in Union House. Also, if you’re catching public transport to uni/elsewhere every day you may find it cheaper to buy a monthly myki pass for around $65. You can figure out if this will save you money here: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/metropolitan-myki-fares/

99. There’s a cool courtyard inside the Elizabeth Murdoch building

Look for Theatre A in the building, and there will be doors leading you to a courtyard with tables and chairs. It’s a good place to hang out and have fun. If you see the naked man statue – you’re at the right place.

and lastly…

100. Challenge yo’self and have FUN!

First year is the best time to experiment. Join a few societies, look around, find your footing, because in the coming years, they’re going to come in handy. You might want to go on exchange, you might want to run a campaign. Look around as widely and as much as you can, you won’t regret it!


Big thanks to all the contributors and the folk from Tips and Secrets who helped put this post together! If you have any other tips or words of wisdom to pass down to a first year, feel free to add them to the comments below.

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