Starting at Macquarie


We understand that starting at university can be daunting, whether you’re transitioning from high school, the workplace or even family commitments.

To make your transition a little easier, we’ve developed a wide range of support services and mentoring programs that you can access throughout your time at Macquarie.

Macquarie University Orientation Week

Orientation Week – or ‘O Week’ for short – is the start of your university journey. It’s when you’ll really discover the Macquarie campus.

O Week is held the week before classes start. You can meet fellow students; find out about student groups, support services and extracurricular programs; and pick up some freebies including your student diary.

Orientation Week

Student support

Uni is really different from high school. It’s hugely exciting, but it can also be challenging, especially when you’re a new student. We understand these challenges, so we provide a comprehensive support system that you can access throughout your time on campus.

Macquarie offers a suite of health and wellbeing services – including counselling, disability, welfare, advocacy, medical and religious support – that you can take advantage of at any time during your studies.

Student support

Buddy and mentoring

The Macquarie mentoring and buddy programs help you smoothly transition to university. Mentors and buddies will help you find your way around the campus, and they’ll give you tips on how to make friends and settle into the Macquarie community.

As well as being your points of contact, mentors and buddies will make sure you know about the variety of events and social activities that run throughout each session.

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Arriving international students

Before arriving in Australia, it is very important to make sure you have organised your student visa, Australian health cover, accommodation and travel arrangements.

To make things easier for you we can help you arrange accommodation, as well as provide advice about your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and your travel options. Also making things easier – Macquarie participates in the Australian Government’s streamlined student visa processing system, so you expect faster processing times when applying for a visa.

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