First, do not get too attached to one person during Orientation week, because nine times out of ten, that person will be in NONE of your classes. It’s better to chat and introduce yourself to as many people as you can. That way when you get to your tutorials you are more likely to have a friendly face. Most of the people will be in the same situation as you and it doesn’t take long to find people you get along with. Even if you are friends with most people in your tutorials, group presentations are still the worst thing you will face as a university student. That is just a fact.
Second, if you get lost easily, get a map of the campus (or campuses) that you will be at until you get the hang of where everything is. Especially City West, with the HH, the BH and the H buildings right next to each other, or Magill, where buildings A through D are actually one big building sectioned off. It doesn’t take long to get used to where everything is, but for that first week use a map.
Third, make a note of your tutor’s name. If you are really bad at remembering names, write it down. You will be meeting a lot of people in the first few weeks and it’s easy to forget your tutor’s name. You will need it if you want to email them. You’ll often find that the tutor who has the obscure name is also the one who you want an extension from and isn’t listed on your course timetable. It is pretty awkward in week eight asking your tutor, “Oh by the way, what was your name?”
Finally, if you drive be aware of parking rules. Magill and Mawson Lakes campuses have ‘Pay & Display’ parking areas (15c per hour) but these fill up pretty quickly. Street parking at Magill is limited to one side on most streets, and they have extra parking ticket inspectors the first week to catch out the new students. The same situation applies to the car park near Mawson Lakes Campus (Woolworths parking lot). They have a two or three hour limit and are very strict in those early weeks. You don’t want to come out from your first week with $300 worth of books to buy and a $50 parking ticket.