O Week – more than just a party
O Week sometimes has a reputation for being one long party but it's a great opportunity to jump head first into uni life, and make friendships that can last a lifetime. Plus it helps to break the ice for first-timers particularly.
You’ll meet a variety of people from many different backgrounds taking on many different courses. La Trobe University has a reputation for providing a caring and supportive environment for all its students.
In choosing to study at La Trobe in Bendigo, students have joined a regional campus which naturally lends itself to close relationships between all members of the university community. Often, students will find that lecturers get to know them personally - whether the student likes it or not!
For many, the decision to come to university in Bendigo will have implications far beyond the choice to simply pursue a tertiary education. For example, La Trobe's residential accommodation houses over 600 students who have chosen to leave their homes, families, communities, and in some cases countries in order to study here. That's a big step.
Whatever their age or stage of life, university is a challenging and rewarding experience.
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During Orientation, compulsory activities are hosted by your school and there are optional sessions regarding student life and support. Fun and social events such as a moonlight cinema, free pancake breakfast, stand-up paddling and more.
Students who attend Orientation are more likely to feel prepared for university and succeed in their studies. Get familiar with your campus, make new friends and get yourself set up for the year before classes start. Create a personalised Orientation program using the Orientation Planner below.
Find information sessions, activities and other events designed to help you settle in and connect with your course, campus and the La Trobe community.
University is not easy
Besides the study load, many students undergo huge changes in lifestyle. It could be that you are living away from home for the first time, or that you are returning to study after many years.
Student life is usually all about managing on a shoestring budget and battling to balance work, study, family and recreation, giving them all a fair share of your time and attention.
Throughout the year many events and activities are designed to provide a balanced approach to university life so that you don't burn out with the pressures of study. Social and sporting activities allow you to build support networks within your peer group. These are extremely important for getting you through any tough times at uni.
Studies show that students who develop these support groups and have a healthy social life are more likely to stay at university and complete their studies.
The great thing about studying at Bendigo is the amount of support that is available both on and off campus. Whether its academic matters, financial problems or personal issues, there is usually somebody there to help.
To find the help you need contact the BSA Student Advocate on 03 5444 7976, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book an appointment at the BSA information desk.
La Trobe Heywood Library sanctuary
The library is a safe place, a place of sancturay and quiet reflection, with ideal conditions for some quiet study time.
Best of all it seems it's 'open all hours'!
Library opening hours
Monday - Friday 8am to midnight
Weekdays Service desk 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am to midnight
Weekends Service desk 1-5pm
*** The Heywood Library is always open 24 hours for the two weeks out from exams.
La Trobe University
Edwards Rd, Flora Hill VIC 3552
P: 5444 7451 or 5444 7453