Five things to do in O-week

14 February 2017

O-week is a busy time for new students. You're making new friends, enjoying amazing events, and re/entering into the University community after a long summer break. Check out a few important and exciting things we think you should know as a new or a returning student.

  1. Get involved

Time to get outside of your comfort zone! O-week is an amazing opportunity to pick up new hobbies, join exciting clubs, and meet interesting people. Market Day, on Wednesday 15 February, brings all of the University societies and clubs into Union Court and University Avenue. Start your day at the ANU Commencement Address at 10am and hear the Vice-Chancellor and ANUSA and PARSA presidents as well as notable alumni, Therese Rein and Jamila Rizvi, about their ANU experience.

Here are some of our suggestions for events that you truly can't miss this O-week:

Apocalyptic Scavenger Hunt - Tue 14 Feb 2017 9AM - Union Court

Sugar Crawl - Wed 15 Feb 2017 6PM - Union Court - Registration essential

  1. Explore

ANU is a large campus with many exciting things happening at any time of the day. Have a stroll through campus and get familiarised with the area you'll be spending the next few years in. You'll thank yourself when you start your first week of classes and have an idea of where you are going. Safety is paramount on campus and across Canberra. Download the ANU OK app for direct access to ANU security, emergency services, safety escorts, and overall support across campus.

  1. Enrol and register for a student card

Your student card is your key to important places on campus, important identification for exams, and a way to take advantage of generous student discounts on transport. In addition to this, make sure you've checked off all the important things that you'll need to have ready for your first academic week. Here's the official checklist for domestic students, international students, and one for post-graduate students.

  1. Stay healthy

Free food, late nights, and partying is a huge part of O-week but it isn't very forgiving to your health! Fortunately, ANU has a great range of services to ensure that your body and mind are in tiptop shape. Sign up to the ANU Fitness Centre, it provides great facilities and classes that will keep you in shape and healthy, while providing affordable membership to all ANU students. Feeling sick or just want to get a check-up? The ANU Health Service provides is a bulk-billed GP that can be used by all students, make sure you book an appointment quick as spots fill quickly. Feeling overwhelmed? Free and confidential counselling is offered to all students upon appointment, this is also based on campus for your convenience. Early riser? Get involved in Outdoor Yoga from Tuesday-Friday 8-9am on the Chifley Lawns.

  1. Keep updated

There are many things happening at ANU throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter Snapchat (anuexperience) and make sure you read every edition of On Campus so you're updated on what is happening across ANU this O-week and for the rest of the year.