Moving in is a busy time so we’ve made this checklist to make things easier.
- Meet your volunteer Resident Advisor (RA)
- Get a Hall Tour from your RA
- Attend the compulsory Alcohol Awareness Training and Sexpectations training sessions
- Complete your Room Condition Report Form
- Meet your Residential Support Team Officers (RSTO):
- College Head (CH)
- Deputy College Head (DCH)
- Residential Support Assistant (RSA) (if applicable)
Below is some key information you should know at this point in your journey.
1. Meet Your Residential Support Team
Your Residential Support Team (RST) are specially trained to maintain every resident’s wellbeing; not only through providing a wide range of events but also through providing support to residents with difficulties they may face.
Whether you need help making new friends, need some study advice or are worried about your mental health, your RST can support you!
Your Residential Support Team consists of:
- College Head (CH)
Hands-on and available for advice and support, our College Heads play an integral part in ensuring a stable, diverse and enriching multicultural environment that helps residents develop socially, academically and personally. College Heads lead the hall and are responsible for the community. They lead the student leader recruitment, appointment and training in their residence, as well as managing discipline and community standards.
- Deputy College Head (DCH)
The Deputy College Heads work closely with the College Head to provide support and care to all of our residents. In the absence of the College Head the Deputy is responsible for the community. They’re involved in all aspects of our community, including our academic, social and recreational programs - taking key responsibility for the Orientation and Transition programs in their residence.
- Residential Support Assistant (RSA) (Note: some halls do not have an RSA)
Our Resident Support Assistants are staff that provide support and guidance for the volunteer Resident Advisors. Residential Support Assistants are highly experienced student leaders and/or recent graduates which provide an essential link between our student leaders and staff.
- Volunteer Resident Advisors
Our team of volunteer Resident Advisors are a central part of the MRS experience. First and foremost, they are residents, just like you! Volunteer Resident Advisors are your first point of contact for any question you might have. They are here to make sure every resident has the opportunity to engage in the On-campus residential experience. RAs are also responsible for organising social and sporting events, such as movie nights, barbecues, gardening activities, charity events, dinners, team challenges, sporting competitions, and anything else they (or you) can think of.
You should aim to meet your CH, DCH, RSA and RA shortly after arriving.
2. Attend as many Orientation Events as possible
Check the plan you made earlier and get involved in the MRS and Monash Communities.
These events are the perfect opportunity for making friends in your new home. If you feel a little shy you should reach out to your volunteer Resident Advisor who will be more than happy to introduce you to other residents.
Don’t forget about the On-campus activities – you can meet people from your course or attend Clubs & Societies events.
3. Personal Safety, Security and Fire Safety
Every room is fitted with fire safety equipment.
It is important that you avoid activities that could trigger the alarms, as the system will automatically contact the Fire Brigade which will issue a fine if there is a false alarm. Some things that may trigger the alarm outside of bathroom areas are:
- Spray deodorant and hairspray
- Hair straighteners & hair dryers
- Water vapour from showers
All our residents and staff deserve to feel safe on campus, and we take your security and welfare very seriously with Security assistance available 24hrs a day.
The walking tracks to and from campus are well lit, security help points are provided should you need assistance and every building requires swipe card access. Security cameras are also placed in key locations to improve safety and security.
Dedicated MRS Services Personnel are present around the halls every night to ensure the residences are safe and secure, and to help any residents who require assistance. If you see them walking around, don’t be afraid to have a chat. They are friendly and approachable.
4. Your Room Condition Report, Maintenance and Internet
When you first arrive make sure you complete the Room Condition Report and return it to the office where you collected your keys within 72 hours.
If something breaks during the year - either in your room, in a common space or in the grounds around your building - submit a maintenance request to get the item fixed. You can access the form here.
Note: Operations can only initiate repairs after a form is submitted as the form gives Operations permission to enter your room.
Monash provides MRS residents with wired and wireless internet access. For streaming we strongly recommend you connect to the wired internet (blue ethernet cord). It will offer a much better experience and is around 100x faster than the wireless internet. For instructions on how to connect to the wired network, see this page.
If you are experiencing difficulties with the wireless network, you should try power cycling your wireless adapter (turned off and on). If you still cannot connect, you contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Before you officially enrol, you can access the internet through the Monash Free Wifi network. This network is speed limited though, so we recommend connecting to Eduroam or the wired network as soon as possible
5. Get to Know Your Local Area
We’ve put together these useful maps for Clayton and Peninsula Campus. They’re not exhaustive, but should give you a decent guide of where to shop and eat.
Your Hall Orientation Program will provide opportunities to visit nearby shopping areas including grocery stores and shopping centres. Grouping up with other residents can make shopping or even just exploring the local area fun and a whole lot easier.
Don’t forget to get a myki (the travel card needed for public transport - trams, trains, buses, around Victoria) and, if you’re eligible, a PTV concession card. You can also use our useful Public Transport Guide for all the latest information on how to get around Monash Clayton.
Don’t forget to ask your RA and other returning residents for advice. They have been living here for a while, so they will know all the best places to go.