Getting used to a university campus, a new city or even a different country can be tough for new students, so it's good to remember that everyone can feel lost when they are in a new and unfamiliar place.
Below is a list of some of the more common issues faced by students:
- The size of the university campus: Monash University is very large, and can be quite overwhelming at first.
- Class locations: You might find that you'll have classes scheduled all over the campus, or that you'll have to get from one side of the campus to the other for your next class. It's very normal to either get lost, or at least feel rushed in your first few weeks of class.
- New city or country: Moving to a new city or country is very exciting, but it can also feel quite overwhelming, and a little scary at times. Not knowing you're way around, and not having your familiar support networks to go to for help can make dealing with the stresses of academic life even more difficult.
- Travel arrangements: You might find yourself having to travel to the Monash campus from home, either using your own transport, or by catching public transport. Learning a completely new public transport system is often quite a challenge.
And here are some tips on how to overcome these issues
- Have a look at the Clayton campus map (PDF 860kb), and familiarise yourself with where your classes will be. You can also download the Monash University mobile app for up to date maps on your phone.
- Take a campus tour, or get a map and go for a walk around the campus with friends. Find the rooms that your classes will be held in so you know where to go on your first day.
- Meet up with other new students and share your experiences, including any troubles you might be having. Keep an eye out for Faculty run student events, as they are a great way to meet people in your course, or sign up to be a part our peer-led mentoring program. Having a support network is important, especially if you're moving to a new city on your own. Join clubs, arrange weekend excursions, read the tourist maps and websites, and explore all this new city has to offer! The best way to get a real, cultural understanding of this new place you're living in is to get out and experience it for yourself. But remember, it's also important to stay in touch with your family back home and keep those support networks alive as well.
- Check out the Getting to Clayton for information on the best way to get to Monash by car or by public transport. Public transport can be a bit tricky to navigate at first, but will get easier as you get used to it.
- If you're taking the train from the city, Clayton might seem like the most logical station to get off at. Buses do go from Clayton station to the Clayton Campus, however a much more efficient way to get to campus is to get off at Huntingdale Station and take the 601 shuttle bus straight to the Clayton Campus.
- If you are planning on taking public transport to Monash, make sure you organise your Myki Card before you need to start travelling (you won't be able to travel on any of the bus, train or tram systems without one). You can do this at many of the train stations, including Huntingdale Station and Flinders Street Station in the city, or through the Myki website.
Again, if you are having any problems navigating your way around the campus or the city, don't be afraid to ask questions!