Orientation Checklist

Follow this checklist to make sure you are prepared for the semester ahead! Make sure you can find everything you need whether you are studying online or on campus.

Make sure you are prepared (before orientation)

Get set up!

  1. Head to the preparing for study website. This will give you an understanding of your study mode and what is expected of you during the semester
  2. Before orientation, check out the Starting at UQ website. This will give you step by step instructions on how to prepare before you arrive.
  3. Make sure you have activated your student account and set up your UQ student email
  4. Log into My.UQ dashboard to access your student email, blackboard, timetable and lecture notes

Allocate your class preferences with My Timetable

  1. Make sure you allocate your class preferences via My Timetable.
  2. The class preferencing window opens about 4 weeks before the semester begins and closes about a week later. 
  3. Check the UQ Academic calendar to keep up to date with open and closing dates. 

Set up your UQ student email account

  1. Make sure you set up your UQ student email as soon as you accept your offer. (This is extremely important). Schools, faculties and the University regularly contact you via your UQ email about your orientation, important news and events, safety updates and more. It is up to you set your account up before you arrive.
  2. Learn how to forward UQ emails to a non UQ address. Find out how here 

UQ Respect Module

  1. Complete the new online module UQ Respect: Sexual Consent, Ethical Bystanding and Compassionate Response
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Find accommodation

Find accommodation
Visit the accommodation website to find UQ approved accommodation providers including:

  1. Off campus accommodation
  2. On-campus accommodation
  3. UQ Rentals
  4. Gatton accommodation
  5. Tenancy advice
  6. Airport pick-ups (eligible students only)
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Student ID Cards (on-shore students only)

If you are studying on campus this semester don't forget to register for and pick up your student ID card. Your ID card is used for printing, 24/7 library and building access and entry into UQ events. If you are a student studying online or offshore, student ID cards are not applicable.

How to get your ID card
1Have your photo taken on campus and receive your student ID on the spot

* Please note you MUST be enrolled in Si-Net at least 24 hours before creating your student ID card.

Get your ID card on-campus
Have your photo taken and student ID card printed on campus! Remember to bring proof of ID (passport or Australian driver's licence) and your letter of offer (this was emailed to you). 

St Lucia: Level 1, Duhig Tower Library (Building 2)
​Date: 12 July–6 August
Opening hours: 8am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Gatton: Student Centre, NW Briton Administration Building (Building 8101A)
Date: 19 July-23 July
Opening hours: 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Herston: Student Hub, Level 5, Oral Health Centre (883)
Opening hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

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Attend your Faculty orientation (online and on-campus)

During orientation week, it is important you register for your faculty orientation sessions. All faculty orientation sessions will be conducted online and on campus to ensure all new students have access to the same experiences and inductions. Attend to find out more about your school and programs. New undergraduate and postgraduate students will have the opportunity to connect with mentors and support systems; attend expos, get advice from current students and staff and enjoy free social events. You MUST register to attend all sessions.

January Only

  1. Dr of Medicine Orientation (25-29 January) *Please note this orientation is conducted earlier than other programs

February & July

  1. Faculty of Medicine orientation (School of Public Health only) 
  2. Business, Economics and Law faculty Orientation (BEL)
  3. Humanities and Social Sciences faculty Orientation (HASS)
  4. Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology faculty Orientation (EAIT)
  5. Health and Behavioural Sciences faculty orientation (HABS)
  6. Science faculty Orientation (St Lucia) & (Gatton) 
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Plan your orientation sessions (online and on campus)

Don't wait until your first day to figure out your schedule. Plan ahead for your orientation via the Orientation Planner.

Here at UQ we celebrate orientation over two weeks, we call this period Welcome Weeks. O-Week and Connect Week. Discover social events, campus tours, online and on campus experiences, information sessions, workshops and programs that will help you get ahead!

  1. Plan your first few weeks via the Orientation events Planner (please note this will be continually updated until O-week) - please check this website regularly
  2. Download the St Lucia social program
  3. Download the Gatton social program
  4. Download the International Arrival lounge program (Not available Semester 2)
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Register for academic and personal skills workshops and programs (online and on campus)

Attend workshops and half day programs to help you get ahead for the semester. If you are new to UQ or returning to study, there are a number of sessions you can attend to help you prepare for the semester ahead. 

Upskilling workshops 

  1. Assignment writing
  2. Referencing
  3. Studying effectively
  4. Time management
  5. Reading and writing strategies
  6. Note taking skills and more

Find all workshops

Half day academic programs:
If you are looking for something a bit more intensive and academic focused, register for a number of half day programs specific to your faculty or cohort.

  1. Jumpstart Program - open to new undergraduate and postgraduate students
  2. Tertiary Writing program - Hands on writing program for students in BEL, HABS and HASS
  3. Tertiary Preparation Program - Hands on writing program for students in Science, EAIT, Medicine and HABS
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International Student information

Studying in a foreign country can be daunting, but there is help available every step of the way. Make sure you follow the below checklist to ensure you know everything there is to know about studying in Australia.

  1. Complete the UQ Essentials for International Students and understand your way around UQ a bit better
  2. Register and attend your compulsory international orientation sessions 'Getting Started' and 'Safety in Australia'

Attend international specific workshops that cover:

  1. Working and studying on a student visa
  2. Medical support and help for international students
  3. Accommodation and renting in Brisbane
  4. Homesickness and more

View all workshops

Visit the International Arrival Lounge (St Lucia campus only) - Not available in Semester 2 2021
If you are a new international student studying at St Lucia campus, drop by the International Arrival Lounge and meet your fellow students from around the world. The Lounge is student led, so there will always be a friendly face to talk to and point you in the right direction.

Know who to contact
Student Services offer their very own International Student Advisors who can help you with anything you need. Reach out to them if you need a little extra support or someone to talk to throughout the semester.  Find International student support

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Find the right support for you

The Student Centre
Checkout the Student Centre at St Lucia and Gatton and the Student Hub at Herston to get help with fees, timetabling and your enrolment. You can contact them via:

  1. Live chat
  2. Phone
  3. Ask online
  4. Visit them on campus (currently closed)

Student Support
Find student support from all areas of the university from mental health; diversity, disability and inclusion; to financial support.

Student Advocacy and Support
The UQ Union offers free, independent, support about welfare, visas, legal advice and job preparation. 

The Library
The Library will connect you with information, people, and resources you need 24/7. It's much more than books - you will also find online modules, print and electronic collections, study spaces, print facilities, training and support, computers and wifi and much more!

UQ Ally Network
The UQ Ally Network provides a visible network of well-informed staff who create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for sex, gender and sexuality diverse people in the community.


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Prepare for online learning

Study tips online
Discover Key study tips to help you stay focused and organised to successfully complete your course online.

Downloading and installing Zoom
UQ uses Zoom for online lectures, tutorials and events. This program is essential, especially if you are studying online. Download Zoom

Set up your UQ student email account

  1. Make sure you set up your UQ student email as soon as you accept your offer. (This is extremely important). Schools, faculties and the University regularly contact you via your UQ email about your orientation, important news and events, safety updates and more. It is up to you set your account up before you arrive.
  2. Learn how to forward UQ emails to a non UQ address. Find out how here 

Contact AskUs for I.T. help and issues accessing UQ systems and resources.

Issues accessing resources from overseas
Complete the Access resources from overseas form if you need assistance accessing learning resources.

Prepare for online learning

  1. Study tips
  2. Workspace set up
  3. Computers and software
  4. Technical support
  5. Studying from home

Find out more

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COVID-19 and your safety

Safety measures during the semester

A number of safety measures are being put in place to help you keep safe this semester. Please respect all event instructions, staff and guildelines. Visit the Safety Steward website for more information.

Stay up to date with COVID-19

If you have any concerns about COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 FAQ website which is updated live throughout the semester.

The latest Goverment guidelines

UQ is following the most up to date Government advice surrounding COVID-19. Visit the QLD Government website

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Stay Connected

Your uni experience is so much more than just what you do in the classroom. The connections you make during your time at UQ can often be ones you keep for life. While COVID has temporarily changed how we meet and interact, there are still heaps of ways you can make connections during your time at UQ - no matter where you are in the world! 

Follow us! 

Remember to follow and like UQLife on Instagram and Facebook. This is the easiest way to keep up to date with all of our upcoming events, workshops and activities. 

Get Set Program

Sign up with the Get Set program, either as a mentor or mentee. Get Set helps provide support to first year students by partnering them with an existing student. This is a great way to learn the tips and tricks for life on campus, make friends and gain access to exclusive events. 

Study Bubble 

Impacted by COVID travel restrictions? Sign up to the student led Study Bubbles program to link up with fellow UQ students near you.


Volunteering is not only a great way to boost your employability, but it's also ideal for making new friends and exploring new hobbies. There are heaps of different volunteering opportunities to get involved in at UQ and there's bound to be one that interests you! Find out more here

Plan your Orientation schedule

The Welcome Weeks are packed with a bunch of different activities and mixers to help you form connections with your peers early. We recommend attending as many of these as you can. Visit the Orientation Events Planner website to view all events, sessions and workshops to start getting your orientation in order. 

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