The University of Newcastle, Australia

Before you start

Being prepared for uni can help you feel confident on your first day. You can organise your student card, get familiar with our online systems, do some uni prep courses and work out your travel arrangements - all before the first day of term.

Orientation is also a fantastic opportunity to find out about uni life before classes start. You can learn about your program, meet some of the teaching staff, start making new friends, and have a bunch of fun. Plus, we know students who attend Orientation do better at uni, so pop the date in your calendar and come along!

Work through the list below of things you can do to set yourself up for a great start.

Video: Orientation highlights

Join our Facebook group

Full of important info about starting study at the University of Newcastle, the group is also a place where you can ask questions, get advice, and meet and interact with other new students.

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Complete your enrolment. Making sure you are enrolled correctly is really important, so take your time to get it right. You’ll need to understand your Program Plan before you enrol so check it out first. Then head over to our enrolment information pages and get started. And don’t forget there’s always help available to get your enrolment right.

Do the Uni Ready Quiz. Are you ready for uni? The Uni Ready Quiz will help you find out and give you tips to help you do succeed at uni.

Get familiar with our online systems. You will use a few online systems when you’re a student at the University of Newcastle. Some of the most important ones will be:

  • myUON - myUON is your gateway to all of the systems you need as a student, including those listed below. Access myUON online or download the app on the App Store and Google Play.
  • myHub – this is where you update your contact details, enrol in courses, check your fees information
  • myTimetable – this is where you register for your class activities like tutorials, workshops, labs etc as part of your enrolment
  • Your student email (NUmail). This is automatically set up when you enrol and can be accessed through myUON.
  • Blackboard – this is where you will find your course outlines, readings and other materials, announcements, discussions, grades and more. It’s very, very important and you will spend a lot of time here. Blackboard is part of the Uni’s Virtual Learning Environment, UONline, which also contains Turnitin (where you will submit assignments) and UONCapture (where many lectures are recorded).

All students also have access to a range of free software – including Microsoft Office while they are enrolled at the University of Newcastle.  Save some money and be sure to have a look at what software and tools are available to you before you get started.

Video: myUON

Read student policies. As a student of the University of Newcastle there are a number of policies that are relevant to you. Some of these include:

You can access the Policy Library to find any policy documents, read FAQs or discover the current most common policies accessed by students.

Organise your Student ID Card. Your Student ID Card will be one of your best friends while you’re at uni, so organise yours as soon as you can. You can order your Student Card online and simply pop into Student Central to pick it up when it’s ready. TIP: Order early and skip the queues of the first few weeks.  Read more about your Student ID Card.

You’ll probably hear a lot of words at uni that you haven’t heard before. Check our glossary for explanations of some of the more common ones.

Plan how you will get to campus. The University encourages students to use sustainable travel options whenever possible. It’s important to plan ahead and know the different transport options available to you for each of our campuses.

Find out what equipment you might need. You’re probably wondering what books and other equipment you might need for uni. Some of them will be specific to your courses but we’ve also got some handy info about the basics of textbooks and equipment for everyone.

Get ahead of the game with UON Prep courses. The University’s Prep Bridging and refresher courses are free courses you can take online before you start uni. They’re a great way to 'top up' your subject knowledge and introduce you to the skills you need to commence tertiary study. We’ve found that students who complete UON Prep courses have a higher success rate in their first semester and perform better in their degree overall.

Get to know the Library. The importance of the library for a uni student cannot be overstated. The modern library services at all of our locations are welcoming places where students can come to meet, read, study and learn. There is also a range of online library services, and 24-hour study spaces at Auchmuty Library, Ourimbah Library and NeW Space. Get to know the library with this handy information for beginners, or work your way through this short online library orientation tutorial. You can even do a virtual library tour before you come to campus. There is always someone to help you with your library questions. The Ask the Library service can be used to chat or email questions. Staff in the Service Zone in each library can also assist with enquiries or refer you to a Librarian for more in-depth help. You can even Book a Librarian!

Sort out your accommodation. If you need a place to live while you’re studying, the University has services to help you find the best accommodation for you – either on campus or off. Student Living is our award-winning accommodation precinct at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses. Home to over 1,800 students from all over the world, our nine residences offer a variety of living options. We also offer a free off-campus accommodation service to help those who are looking for a place to live off campus.

Look for a scholarship. The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with the costs of study. These include scholarships for students experiencing financial hardship, scholarships for academic and sporting excellence, as well as scholarships specifically for Indigenous and international students. Search for a scholarship to find out if you’re eligible

Find a mentor

Peer mentors are second or third-year students who were once newbies just like you. You can request a Peer Mentor if you need assistance with your course, or just feel as though some tips, hints and a friendly face would make finding your feet at uni that little bit easier.

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