Your ultimate first week of study survival guide

Starting your course this semester? Your study adventure starts here.

7 Jun 2017

Making the decision to study is exciting and terrifying. Just when you thought you had the world around you figured out, you embark on something new and find yourself once again having no idea where the toilets are.

But don’t worry. We’ve got your back every step of the way with your ultimate first week of study survival guide.

Congratulate yourself

You’re about to embark on a study adventure and achieve great things so give yourself a pat on the back. Starting study can seem daunting, but ask any of the greats and they’ll tell you they were once a student just like you. But let’s jump right into the housekeeping.

Let’s get to know each other

Your orientation session is the perfect time to meet your teachers, classmates and find out what’s what before things get busy. You’ll get all the insider info on where to find all the resources you need to succeed and where to find the best coffee and nosh on campus.

How do I get there?

Check out the Translink website. Consider it your all-knowing crystal ball for public transport-related questions, both existential and practical. If you need to get to and from our Caboolture Campus, good news! We’ve partnered with QUT to provide a free shuttle service for students and staff between the Caboolture train station and campus.

I don’t *do* buses. Where can I park my car?

Well that depends, There’s free on-site parking at the Alexandra Hills, Loganlea, Mt Gravatt (hint: the biggest car park is near the Cavendish Road entrance), Bracken Ridge, Caboolture, Grovely and Redcliffe campuses. However, you will have to cough up the pennies if you want to park your car near the South Bank campus. There are paid parking spots on the street or in the parklands or Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. If you want our advice, perhaps take advantage of the train, bus and ferry stops right on our doorstep.


If your classes are all during the day, navigating by the stars is out, and compasses are so last century. Google Maps can be unreliable, but the old-school paper version is ALWAYS on point. Raise your retro, kitschy street cred and find your way around campus with our downloadable PDF campus maps.

If you’re having trouble finding your way, don’t forget our Base Camp volunteers are masters at on-campus navigation and finding lost classrooms. There will be a Base Camp at all campuses during orientation week and the South Bank Base Camp will be there during both orientation and start-of-study – drop by and say hello (or help).

This guy just picked up his student ID card. What a rock star!

Access All Areas

We think you’re a rock star and all rock stars need a VIP pass. Your student ID card is that pass. You’ll need your ID when borrowing books and sitting exams, and security officers can request to see them while you’re on campus, so always have it on hand. Your card also comes with some pretty sweet perks. It makes you eligible for cheaper public transport and student discount offers around Brisbane. Drop in and see our awesome customer service team who can hook you up.

Because our South Bank campus is a bit of a beast there will be an ID photo session timetable – check back as we’ll be uploading it as soon as it’s been finalised. Just remember your first card is free but there is a fee if you need a replacement, so treat it like the important piece of plastic it is. Also, international students will be required to bring current photo ID as well as the student ID voucher you’re handed at your commencement session.

Identify yourself

All snowflakes are unique and just like snowflakes no two Unique Student Identifiers (USI) are the same. All students enrolling will need to get themselves one of these helpful little 10 character identifiers so they can re-enrol in the next semester and register to graduate. You can create your USI easily online, BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Once you’ve received your USI don’t forget to register your number with us as well.


These are very useful when it comes to being where you need to be to make great happen. You can find your class timetable online.

No one wants to be this guy.

Get yourself a date…

… Book so you can scribble down these important dates. No one wants to be the person who shows up to an empty campus on a public holiday. If you fancy yourself a bit of a social butterfly, the events page is also a pretty handy resource to have bookmarked


Connect is our fancy learning system. It helps you communicate with teachers and classmates and is also the spot you can find class notes and upload your assessment.

Need knowledge?

Now there’s no excuse to sidestep study on the weekend because all the knowledge you need is at your fingertips 24/7. You can access your campus e-library whenever the thirst for knowledge needs to be quenched. You will have access to e-journals, e-books, videos. databases, online study guides and tutorials, and you can also renew your loans or place a hold on anything you want to get your clever little mitts on. You can find all the info and the opening hours of the bricks and mortar version of our library and hubs there too.

Need some support?

Hey, we all do from time to time. Luckily we’ve got a team of top-notch professionals with your welfare in mind. All of the services are totally free and confidential. Our counsellors can help with anything from deciding on a career path, helping with learning support, offering advice on financial hardship, advice on cross-cultural issues and referrals to other services. We also have a team of disability support officers, Indigenous student support, and a learning skills centre. If you are an international student or come from a non-English speaking background, no worries. We’ll have someone on hand to help you with whatever issues may arise.

You can get all the information from our student support page on the website.

What if I forget something?

Don’t worry, you’ll get a handy Student Handbook at your orientation session jam-packed full of information about our campuses, services and important contact numbers and emails. Plus everything you need to know about orientation is always available on the orientation web page.

Now that we’re friends

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