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.
Books and reading lists
Check your booklists
When and where?
Your booklist should be published by the first week of teaching.
Once it’s published, you can access it in:
Your booklist is available for the units you’re enrolled in for your upcoming teaching period, not for the entire year.
If you can't see your booklist
If your booklist isn't available in my.monash or in Moodle by the first week of teaching, it might be because:
- 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
- you don’t have to buy any books for your unit/s. Maybe you only have journal articles and prescribed readings each week. This is often the case, especially in humanities.
If you have any queries about your booklists, you should reach out to your Chief Examiner directly by either:
- emailing them - check their contact details in the unit entry in the Handbook
- contacting them via Moodle.
Types of books
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 your books
Some outlets where you can order books online are:
- Monash University Bookstore - Located at Clayton campus (inside the Campus Centre). Shop in-store or order online. Delivery offered.
- The Campus Bookstore - Located at Caulfield campus (Level 2, Building K) and Peninsula campus (Student Hub, Building A). Shop in-store or order online. New and second hand books as well as rental options available. Delivery offered.
- Shop.Monash - Shop online and track your order delivery. Some products can be collected on campus. If available, you’ll be able to select this option when you’re making your purchase.
Second-hand books (buy and sell)
You can also try these places where students sell books they no longer need:
Tip! 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.