everything you need to know about your first day at csu study centres

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Plan your route to the centre

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find the centre, you never know what the traffic is going to be like on the day. If you have time before your first day, it’s a good idea to go to the centre so you know exactly how to get there. If not, don’t worry, there’s plenty of things you can do to make sure you arrive on time. You can find information about how to plan your route on public transport on our website, for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. We also recommend that you download the Google Maps app (iPhone; Android) on your phone as a tool to help you navigate your way to the centre.  

Lots of people (just like you)

If you’re arriving on a peak day, the centre will be very busy with new students just like you!

Hot tip: Current students tell us lining up in the orientation que was a great place to make new friends, so don’t be shy, say hello to the people around you.

The first thing to do when you arrive

When you arrive, you will line up for registration. There will be lots of other people doing the same thing so you’ll know where to go. You will have your photo taken for your student ID card and complete your registration paperwork. Remember, this photo will be on your ID card for the next couple of years so wear your best smile! Depending on the time of your arrival, you will then meet your new course coordinator in a session to assist you with your course plan and navigating the student portal.

A busy day filled with lots of information

There will be a lot of information to take in, so make sure you get a good nights sleep the night before, it's normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. 

Orientation day is filled with information sessions, some of which are compulsory. If you run out of time or miss any of the compulsory sessions you may have to complete them over numerous days in week 1, so we recommend getting them out of the way as soon as you can. At each step of these compulsory sessions, your registration form will be stamped and signed by a member of staff. After your form is complete, you can collect your ID card.

Expect that your registration process will take at least 3 hours, depending on what time you arrive and how fast you move through the steps.  

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Other resources available to you

To help you navigate through your week and your new city, you will be given:

  • your orientation schedule to help you navigate the week. 
  • International Student Guide to help you navigate Sydney
  • class timetables and handouts from your course coordinator
  • student info booklet to help you navigate the campus

If there's any other information you need, student alumni, leaders and volunteers will be available to help you every step of the way. Student volunteers will be in identifiable CSU shirts. CSU staff, will be identifiable in red CSU uniforms. Please ask us questions and we’ll be happy to help.