So, you’ve registered for Orientation Week and received your student card and enrolled in your units. Well done! The next part is  picking all the best orientation events to attend to meet people you’ll be studying with. This guide is here to help you choose the most worthwhile.

First off, a big hint on “Orientation Week” terminology so you don’t look like a straight off the plane “fresher” (first year student). “Orientation Week” actually takes place over TWO weeks not one week, so it’s really Orientation fortnight. Weird, we know, but this is one of the many quirky things that you’ll come to love about your new life so you may as well embrace it in your first week (fortnight?!).

To make it easier  (or maybe more confusing!), the first week, from Monday the 16th to the 20th of February, is known officially as University Orientation Week and is run by University staff. It’s the “official” part of your introduction to university and you need to register for it. Make sure you do – the events will really help you and introduce you to all the things that help you pass courses. We don’t cover them much in this blog but we do strongly encourage you to attend all of the sessions you can.

The second week, from Monday the 23rd is run by the Student Representative Council (ie students) and is known as O’Week or Welcome Week depending on which campus you’re basedatn. You don’t need to register because since when have you had to register to attend parties, right?! and that’s what this second week pretty much consists of – heaps of fun parties and markets so you can get to make friends, find clubs to join and just work out the social side of university.

This guide will include both weeks grouped into either South or North, South being for Hobart/Sandy Bay campuses and North for Launceston campus (AMC, Inveresk and Newnham).

South 

Orientation Expo outside Lazenby’s Cafe, Sandy Bay Campus
Monday 16th 1:00pm – 2.00pm   

Grab a free sausage or vegetarian snack from the barbie (BBQ)  and browse the University and TUU Ttasmanian University Union) stalls to learn all about University services, clubs and facilities. Oh OK, it’s really to have fun, meet people, and get free bags of goodies and join awesome clubs and societies. Not to be missed!

Welcome Lounge, UniCentre 211 Foyer
Monday 16th – Thursday 19th, 9:00am- 3:00pm 

Have a drink, chill out, ask questions and meet fellow first years at the University Welcome Lounge, available from Monday through Thursday. Free drinks!

Market Day, Activities Centre, TUU Sandy Bay Campus

Tuesday the 24th , 11:00 – 2:00pm

TUU Market days offer you a huge range of stalls, from clubs & societies to the latest in mobile phones. Don’t forget to grab your freebies – yup, FREE stuff!!! The TUU stall for example will give you a free diary and year planner, not to mention bags and pen – but visit all the other stalls and see what they will give you – you could fill your entire room with heaps of cool stuff!

Societies Day, TUU Carpark, Sandy Bay
Wednesday the 25th, 2:00 – 6:00pm

The biggest, wildest, and most exciting social event on the student calendar, Societies Day is a great opportunity to sign up to TUU clubs and societies, most of which will be present. With food and drink aplenty, this is the perfect time to meet fellow students that share your interests. You seriously don’t want to miss this one.
Quick hint: From 2 to 3pm is alcohol free and the best time to chat with the clubs and societies members to see which ones you might want to join. After that it might get a bit loud. From 3pm it’s licensed so make sure to bring your ID (student card isn’t enough). Limitless non-alcoholic drinks are available all day.

End of Daze O Week Gig, Uni Bar, TUU Sandy Bay
Friday 27th, 7pm till late

Three totally awesome bands put on just for you and your new mates at the Uni Bar: British India, Luca Brasi and The Dead Maggies. What a way to start the uni year?!

North 

Market Day, Elizabeth Walk, Newnham Campus, Launceston
Tuesday 24th, 10:00 – 2:00pm

Like Market Day in the south, this is the place for freebies, checking out stalls and getting to know all about the groups and services around uni. Heaps of fun and definitely worth attending!!!

Outdoor Cinema, Library HillNewnham Campus, Launceston
Tuesday 24th, 7:00 pm

Enjoy the last balmy days of summer with an outdoor cinema – and what better movie than the legendary cult film, Rocky Horror Picture Show! Free entry and free popcorn. How could you resist?

Inveresk Lunch, School of Architecture, TUU SRC North
Thursday 26th, 11:00-1:00pm

Get out in the sunshine and head to the cultural precinct of Inveresk. A FREE lunch is being served – Sweet!

Welcome Week Concert, AMC Newnham Bar,  TUU SRC North
Friday 27th, 6:00 – 10:00pm

Head to the AMC bar, for a great night of local music, free food and great bevvies.