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your O’week survival guide


That means free food, new friends and a boatload of free pens and flyers you don’t need stuffed into your bag after walking through the campus stalls. You might be a bit overwhelmed, maybe even a little intimidated, by the number of people walking around, clubs to join and buildings to find – but overall it’s one of the most exciting times of your life, and we’re here to help you along the way!

Before you jump head first into the epic saga of free food and Red Bull giveaways that is O’week, there’s a few things you should know so you get the most out of your week without blowing all your cash! Here it is: your survival guide to O’week.




Do some decent grocery shopping a day or two before

You might think that the week is full of free pizza and Mi Goreng giveaways, and for the most part it is, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stock up on some decent meals in between! There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the week and realising you only ate pepperoni, cheese and MSG, so make sure you grab some greens, a loaf of bread and any other dinner basics you can think of! Not to mention, you will feel better and get the most out of your O’week activities on a full stomach!




Drink water

I can’t stress how important this is. It’s the hottest time of the year in the Australian summer, and you will more often than not be spending your time outside in the sun. We so often forget to drink our required amount of water per day, so it’s really important that you carry a water bottle around with you wherever you go. Heat stroke and dehydration is a bummer, so don’t let it get to that point!




Organise your uni schedule before O’Week

It’s either something you’re super excited about or you’re dreading all that diarising and highlighting. Either way, you need to get on that before O’Week starts, because there ain’t gonna be any time after to get it done! Get your course information and write down your classes and any other information in a diary or a calendar. That way when O’Week finishes you’ll be prepared for your first week of uni!



Join a society

Even if you’re not the type to join in, there are so many clubs on campus that you would have never thought existed. Why not join the Quidditch Club? Or maybe the Doctor Who Society? Maybe you’re just really good at outdoor sports and you want a group of friends who enjoy that too – no problem! Make sure you walk around campus and really get a feel for what’s available to you as a student. You won’t regret it, and you’ll meet hundreds of people, so put your best foot forward and start off right!



Don’t blow all your money on partying and midnight snacks

I run the risk of sounding like a broken record, but alcohol and club entry is a serious drain on the bank account. Sure, go to some parties and have a great time! Just make sure you’re not splurging on expensive drinks or ordering everyone pizza at 3am – you won’t thank yourself in the morning, and neither will your wallet! If you plan on going out, have a good meal and leave your bank card at home. Take cash and only spend that. When you run out, you run out. And believe me, the feeling of looking at your textbook prices knowing you spent that money on beer is not great.




O’Week is a huge time for meeting new people, attending awesome events and having heaps of fun, so make sure you look after yourself and follow this guide! Good luck with your first week of uni and have fun at O’Week!


See you next week,

About the Author


Amy is the Content & Social Media Specialist with Campus Living Villages. She lived at UNSW Village for 4 years, so she knows a thing or two about moving out of home and starting life on-campus!