Starting at Macquarie


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

To make your transition a little easier, we’ve developed a wide range of support services and programs that you can access throughout your time at Macquarie. We’ve also created a checklist to get you off to the best start, and help you navigate and explore these options.

Macquarie University Orientation Week

Orientation Week – or ‘O Week’ for short – is when you’ll really discover the Macquarie campus.

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

Orientation Week

Student support

Uni is exciting, but it can also be challenging, especially when you’re a new student. We understand these challenges, so we have comprehensive support services that you can access throughout your time with us.

Macquarie offers a suite of free and confidential services - counselling, disability support, medical and welfare services, accommodation, academic writing and numeracy support, and our career and employment service. We also have facilities and programs like our high-tech library, MUSE (our exciting social learning space), Womens’ Room and Queer Space, start-up incubator spaces and peer programs such as PAL/PASS and Macquarie University Mentors, that you can take advantage of at any time during your studies.

Student support

Mentors and buddies

Macquarie has a range of peer support programs to help you smoothly transition to university. During O Week, you'll find out about our 2 main ones: the Macquarie University Mentors, current students who you select from your faculty and meet at your faculty welcome; and the Buddies, a social peer group that runs many of the fun, local off-campus events throughout the year.

Your mentor will help you find your way around the campus, give you tips on how to make friends and settle into the Macquarie community, and you'll hear from them about once a week during your first session. The buddies will help you make friends, settle into life in Sydney and make sure you know about the variety of events and social activities that run throughout the year.

Macquarie University Mentors

Arriving international students

Before arriving in Australia, its important to make sure you're organised but there’s some things you’ll need to do once you get here too. To make things easier, we have a step-by-step guide to help you arrange accommodation, provide advice about your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and your travel options, as well as take you through setting up bank accounts, phone plans and having everything you need to start your life here in Sydney.

Also making things easier – Macquarie participates in the Australian Government’s streamlined student visa processing system, so you can expect faster processing times when applying for a visa.

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