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Orientation Week

25 February - 1 March 2019

Orientation planner

Orientation is the official start of the semester.

We know that students who attend Orientation are more likely to feel prepared for university and succeed in their studies plus it gives you an opportunity to meet staff and new friends before the first day of classes.

You can create a personalised Orientation Plan using the Orientation Planner. On the Planner, you will find information sessions, activities and other events designed to help you settle in and connect with your faculty, campus and the Monash community.

Wominjeka Monash

All new students are invited to join the Monash community at the official Welcome to Monash event, with food, music and activities.

Clayton campus

Tuesday 26 February

Register for Clayton

Caulfield campus

Wednesday 27 February

Register for Caulfield

Peninsula campus

Tuesday 26 February

Register for Peninsula

Parkville campus

Wednesday 27 February

Register for Parkville


  • MSA orientation camps and social activities

    Monash Student Association's orientation program for all students from all Monash campuses! The program runs camps, BBQ’s, intimate functions and large day and night events.

  • Caulfield Postgraduate Welcome Party

    25 February

    Join us for a fun-filled afternoon on the Campus Green. Find out about our services and how you can get involved with the MPA.

  • MSA UV Glow Party

    25 February

    At 1700 tickets, this is the biggest night event on the orientation calendar and a great way to start to your orientation week! All Monash students welcome.

  • MONSU Peninsula games night

    25 February

    Join the Monash Student Union (MONSU) team and the new gaming clubs for an orientation games night!

  • O-Week live site: Northern Plaza, Clayton

    25–28 February

    Come relax at our pop-up live site and hear about the upcoming festivals and events happening on campus.

  • Queer 101 Training

    25–28 February

    Learn more about sex, gender and sexuality! You'll be empowered to make positive change for LGBTIQ people in your communities.

  • MSA O-Fest

    25-28 February

    O-Fest is the epicentre of Orientation Week at Clayton campus! Brought to you by the Monash Student Association (MSA), O-Fest is the perfect way to kick-start your semester!

  • MONSU Peninsula orientation day

    1 March

    Start your uni year with our fun-filled O-Day! It's a great way to make some new friends before uni officially starts.

  • MONSU Caulfield Beach Day

    1 March

    The ultimate ice-breaker and perfect way to set yourself up with a great group of friends!

  • MONSU Caulfield O-Fest

    4–7 March

    Come and enjoy a delicious BBQ, beverages, food trucks and live music - all for FREE!

  • MONSU Peninsula kick off party

    7 March

    Don't miss out on the first party of 2019 - enjoy a night of fun with your new uni mates!

  • MONSU Caulfield Party Cruise

    7 March

    Come down to the Docklands to celebrate your first week of study! Tickets include the boat ride, transport and entry to the after party.

  • Monash Day Out

    For international students

    9 March

    Experience the Healesville Sanctuary and see Australian native animals in their natural habitat.

  • Sun, swim, and splash at the beach

    For international students

    15 March

    Enjoy a day of fun and games at the beach, while making new friends. Learn how to stay safer in and around water with the Life Saving Victoria team.

  • Speed-Mentoring Caulfield - Find a postgrad mentor, the fun way!

    5 March

    If this is your first semester and you have heaps of unanswered questions, consider signing up for the MPA speed-mentoring event!

  • Speed-Mentoring Clayton - Find a postgrad mentor, the fun way!

    7 March

    If this is your first semester and you have heaps of unanswered questions, consider signing up for the MPA speed-mentoring event!

What to expect

  • Your campus has lots of activities/events/workshops during Orientation Week and week one to help you make friends and get to know your campus.
  • To prepare you for your course and classes, it’s important that you attend your faculty welcomes and course information sessions. The faculties and Library also host study skills sessions that will help you settle into your studies and succeed. Sign up for these activities and bring something to take notes.

What to bring

  • You may like to bring some money to purchase books or course materials, buy tickets for parties, and for any clubs and societies' joining fees.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather as some activities/tours are outdoors.
  • Bring a notepad and pen to take notes where needed.
  • Be sure to bring sun protection and your own water bottle - there are water fountains everywhere and sustainability is important to us.

Accessibility or mobility requirements

If you have any accessibility or mobility requirements for Orientation, please contact Disability Support Services.

What if I can't attend?

Orientation is important but if there are circumstances that prevent you from attending, we suggest the following:

  1. First, contact your faculty student services to tell them you can't attend. Ask if you can meet, collect orientation material later, or if there's anything you can access online.
  2. Book a library tour or workshop. Understanding how the library works and how they can help with assessments is crucial to academic success. You'll need these skills as soon as your units start.
  3. Visit the Library's orientation site as it will help you prepare for study.
  4. During weeks one to four of each semester, look out for ASK ME volunteers in their blue t-shirts and hoodies and ask them any questions you might have about Monash and transitioning to university.

To get to know people, introduce yourself to your classmates during your first week. Join social events, clubs and societies and the New to Monash 2019 Facebook group.

International students

It’s important that you check your student email address for repeat International Student Orientation sessions, and complete the Monash Essentials unit on Moodle.

Respect at Monash

The Monash community expects everyone to be treated with respect – this means you’re required to give others the same respect you’d expect to receive from them.

To this end, all students are required to complete a compulsory module called Respect at Monash, which can be found in Monash’s Learning Management System, Moodle.

When you enrol in your units for 2019, you’re required to agree that you’ll complete the module by Tuesday 30 April.

Together, we can strive for a safer Monash where everyone is treated with respect.

Learn more


  • New to Monash?

    Join our Facebook group for new and prospective students

  • Student associations

    Join an association or club to enrich your student experience.

  • Monash Postgraduate Association

    Meet other postgraduates, get advice and find out what's on.

  • Non-residential colleges (NRC)

    A fun and supportive environment for students living off-campus.

  • Monash University campus events

    Like us to know more about on-campus festivals and pop-up events!

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