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Orientation is your chance to find your bearings on campus and meet other students before lectures start.

As a new student, we invite and strongly encourage you to take part in Orientation, a series of fun and informative events held in the week before your first semester begins.

Orientation is about welcoming you to the University of Sydney community, and making sure your experience here is the best possible. You'll be given lots of advice and useful contacts to help you thrive and succeed in your personal and academic endeavours.

One of the major attractions of Orientation is ODay – a packed lineup of activities, information stalls, performances and parties organised by the University of Sydney Union (USU).

University welcome

Start your orientation journey with an official welcome in the Great Hall in the impressive Quadrangle on Camperdown Campus. You’ll hear from our Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, as well as representatives from the Student Representative Council and University of Sydney Union.

Faculty welcomes

Your faculty welcome is a great opportunity to hear from the Dean, meet your teachers and classmates, and learn about the faculty’s resources and infrastructure.

Faculty welcomes are friendly, informal sessions designed to give you the practical tools to start your studies on the right foot. You’ll be given critical information about assignments, tutorials, timetables and administrative processes.

Information sessions

Check out the information sessions during Orientation to get ready for university life. Get advice on everything from finding part-time work to essay-writing or going abroad for a semester.

You'll also hear about our many student support services, such as the Careers Centre, Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Scholarships and Financial Support Service, and our Student Accommodation Services.

New to Sydney

If you have joined us from interstate, New Zealand, or you're an international student, please come along to our 'New to Sydney' welcome event.

It begins with a formal presentation in the Great Hall, followed by an orientation and enrolment session that covers everything you need to know to get started at uni.

Welcome to Sydney

The Welcome to Sydney program connects international and regional students with our alumni. You'll be invited to a small gathering of other students at a social event such as a breakfast, barbeque lunch or a formal dinner, organised by your host.

It's a great way to form new friendships and look ahead to what you can achieve at university.

Other welcomes

We also run invitation-only events for groups such as:

  • postgraduate students
  • mature-age or pathway students
  • scholarship recipients
  • students from a rural area
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • students with a disability
  • study abroad or exchange students.

We'll email you an invitation once you’re enrolled.