Uni life can be complicated at first, so this site will help make it a little easier to navigate your first semester at Monash. The weeks listed here represent the twelve teaching weeks of semester. Just start scrolling to browse topics to see important deadlines to help you manage your studies each week. 


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Books and reading lists

Check your booklists

Booklists are not usually confirmed until the first week of teaching. Once your booklist is confirmed, you should be able to access it in the My Course tile in my.monash.

If your booklist isn't in my.monash by then, it's because either:

  • you haven't enrolled in units or your enrolment hasn't been processed yet. Wait a few hours and try again
  • your teacher hasn't made the booklist available yet. Consider waiting another day or so and then check again. If it's still not there, then check with your faculty or lecturer.

Your booklist will list books under the following headings:

  • Prescribed texts - these books are essential.
  • Recommended texts - these books are useful to own, but can also be found in the library.
  • Reference texts - you don't need to buy these books, as they're only used sometimes for reference.

Where to buy books

Some outlets where you can order books online are:

You can also try these places where students sell books they no longer need:

Using older editions

Be careful buying older editions of textbooks. Sometimes they'll be fine, but you should check with your lecturer first.

Check your reading lists

Most units will require you to read more widely than just the prescribed textbooks.

Check your reading lists by unit code or name, on the library website. Log in to access articles online and to add personal study notes to items in your reading lists.