Before You Arrive


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1. Keep up to date with communication

It is important that you keep up to date with all the communication coming from your Hall, the MRS Admissions Office, your Faculty and the University.

Your College Head will contact you soon (if they have not already) with important information about your Hall, the Orientation programs and your Residential Support Team. Read this information carefully as the content is carefully constructed to ensure you get the best start.

Your student email account is the primary point of contact for all communications from Monash University and it is assumed by the University that any email sent to you is received and read.

To get on top of your email, you can:

  • Check your emails daily, as part of your routine
  • Manage your Moodle Emails and change them to a daily digest or filter them to a folder
  • Turn on Categories so only important emails show in your main inbox
  • Check out the Gmail Help Centre for more tips and support
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2. Plan your Orientation

Orientation is a key period for you in your transition to Monash University and your time at MRS. It will give you the opportunity to make friends in your new community as well as get to know the campus and local area. While it is not compulsory, it is integral that you attend as much of it as you can.

MRS Orientation will begin on the 17th of February 2019 and will involve a wide range of activities aimed at empowering you to get the most out of your time at Monash. We pride ourselves on our inclusive and supportive program. For a sneak peek at the MRS Central events you can enjoy, check out the schedule below:

The University and your faculty will also run a range of compulsory and optional Orientation events. Check your emails and the University’s Orientation Planner for details. Please note that MRS events will not appear in the Monash University Orientation Planner, so be sure to cross check with your hall schedule to ensure you’re not missing out on anything.

Finally, make sure you check what your campus Student Association has on offer.

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3. Plan your arrival

Moving into MRS is a simple process, but you should read the emails from the Admissions team carefully. Below is some key information.

Parking

Parking varies depending on where you will be living. Check your Welcome Email for details on parking specific for your accommodation.

Check in Time

Check in is during office hours. If you are arriving outside of these times, please email the Admissions team, who will arrange your after hours arrival and provide instructions on what to do.

Airport Transfers

Monash University and Monash College welcome all new international students with a free airport pick-up service to take you to your accommodation.

To book this service, please follow the instructions available through this link. Please note that this service is not provided by MRS. Please check the link for details on how to arrange your airport reception.

What to bring

Need some guidance or just some reassurance? We've prepared a list to help you out.

4. Read over our Regulations and Policies

Monash Residential Services prides itself on its welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment. To ensure everyone enjoys their time with us, we have some rules you must follow. These rules ensure MRS remains the safe and supportive environment it is. If you have questions on any of the regulations or policies, please speak with your College Head. Here's what you need to know:

Be respectful of others and the Residential/University environment

Monash University is an inclusive environment. Harassment (including sexual harassment), bullying, assault (including sexual assault) and hazing will not be tolerated. This type of behaviour will result in action taken by MRS and/or the University under the relevant discipline procedure.

Monash is a partner in Universities Australia’s national Respect. Now. Always. campaign and is committed to eliminating sexual assault and harassment. As part of your offer acceptance you will have completed the Respect@Monash digital course. If you need further information or support, you can contact your College Head, Deputy College Head or the Safer Community Unit.

MRS has a healthy culture around alcohol

You are more than welcome to consume alcohol responsibly, but only if you are over 18 and only in specific areas. This ensures that all spaces are accessible to all residents and limits disruptions to people’s sleep and study.

Note that you are responsible for your behaviour at all times and will be held to the same standard as every other resident regardless of impairment.

Drinking games, kegs and other devices/activities that encourage excessive consumption are banned. Not everyone knows their limits and this rule ensures that no one is pressured into an unsafe situation

No smoking (including e-cigarettes) except in designated smoking areas

Smoking creates a significant health hazard and discomfort for other residents. The smoke particles, smell and residue create an environment that is not enjoyable for non-smokers. You must use the designated smoking points.

Monash supports a healthy smoke-free environment with smoking no longer permitted on any Monash Victorian campus, including University buildings, grounds and vehicles.

This rule applies to all students, staff, contractors and visitors at Monash.

For more information please visit the Monash Health and Wellbeing information page.

No illegal drugs including synthetic drugs

Illegal drug use is banned at MRS including synthetic drugs. Possession, use or being under the influence of any illegal substance are prohibited under the Conditions of Residency.

You can find the full Regulations and Policies of MRS here:

In addition to MRS Rules and Policies, all Monash students must follow the Student Discipline Statutes. Information on Student Discipline can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/execserv/discipline

5. Get Excited

Studying at Monash University is an amazing experience and our residents regularly state that living at MRS was the best part of their studies. We can’t wait to welcome you!