New student essentials

Getting started

As a new student, you can get in touch with a team of UWA advisers for support throughout your studies via one-on-one consultations, a mentor through our UniMentor program and help connecting to other services we offer. Our advisers are passionate about making sure you feel at home with us.

Call or email us, or make an appointment to have a chat about:

  • Juggling your studies and balancing commitments
  • Help with your study load and managing priorities
  • Meeting people on campus or via social events and excursions
  • Timetabling help
  • Advice on settling into Perth and UWA
  • Referrals to services
  • UniMentor Program
  • Airport pick-up service
  • Orientation

UniMentor

 

Be connected with a current student who’ll help you navigate life at uni. Whether you’ve come from overseas, a regional location or simply down the road, we can link you with a UniMentor before your first day. UniMentor is not exclusive to commencing students, so even if you’ve started your course but are feeling unsettled, we can help you out.

Why have a UniMentor?

  • Get inside info on how things happen around uni and within your faculty
  • Gain knowledge from a more experienced student who has ‘been there, done that’
  • Meet other new students in your course
  • Have a point of contact for questions or problems
  • Participate in social activities, events and excursions

How a UniMentor can help

Your UniMentor will be a student in their second year or above, studying the same or a similar course.

They can introduce you to other students, provide details on life at UWA and link you with services and support to help you settle into your studies.

In most cases, students and mentors maintain contact until the end of your first semester or until a point when you feel you are settled.

If you’re unable to attend Orientation or are a PhD student arriving outside regular semester start dates, we can still connect you with a mentor to ensure your smooth transition.

If you would like a mentor, register your interest below.

Get a UniMentor.

International student support

 

Our team can also help you settle in as a new international student at UWA with tips on where to go for advice and important visa information.

Find out more

UWAConnect

UWAConnect helps you discover the unlimited possibilities of studying at the University.

Whether you’re a new or existing student, you can broaden your opportunities with this six-week program of activities.

From getting you on track with your studies and career pathways, to preparing you as a global citizen, UWAConnect provides something for everyone.

Social events

Each semester, meet other students and explore Perth and surrounds by taking part in free or low-cost activities and excursions such as: 

  • quiz nights
  • lawn games
  • scavenger hunts
  • movie nights
  • Adventure World
  • Mullaloo Beach
  • Perth Zoo
  • IKEA
  • Regional WA locations

Scheduled excursions

View the excursions on offer below. Check back in later as we also have a Quiz Night coming up soon.

Perth City Walking Tour (Student Exchange and Study Abroad students only)

View points of interest and get acquainted with our beautiful city. Tours start at the Perth Cultural Centre. Tour leaders will show you the main train and bus stations, shopping and entertainment precincts and other attractions along the way.

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2020

Time: Check in at 9am, departing from UWA at 9.30am. Tour finishes at approximately 2pm. Students to make their own way from Perth back to UWA or home.

Meeting point: Grassed area behind tennis courts between the UWA Sports Centre and Conservatorium of Music.

Cost: Free. Registrations close Monday 17 February 2020 or when trip is fully booked.

Register here

Lakeside Joondalup and IKEA Shopping Trip (international full degree and domestic students only)

Students new to Perth find this a convenient and worthwhile trip to pick up essentials and take some stress out of settling in to your new accommodation. You could purchase a desk, drying rack, washing basket, indoor plant or mattress, and more. If you're hungry, you can grab a bite to eat at the IKEA restaurant.

Date: Thursday 20 February 2020

Time: Check in at 8.30am, departing from UWA at 9am. Depart IKEA for UWA at 2.30pm.

Meeting point: Grassed area behind tennis courts between the UWA Sports Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.

Cost: Free. Registrations close Wednesday 19 February 2020 or when trip is fully booked.

Register here

IKEA Shopping Trip (Student Exchange and Study Abroad students only)

Students new to Perth find this a convenient and worthwhile trip to pick up essentials and take some stress out of settling in to your new accommodation. You could purchase a desk, clothes drying rack, washing basket, indoor plant or mattress, and more.

Date: Thursday 20 February 2020

Time: Check in at 8am, departing from UWA at 8.30am. Depart IKEA for UWA at 11am (arriving back about 11.30am in time for the Amazing Race starting at 12pm)

Meeting point: Grassed area behind tennis courts between the UWA Sports Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.

Cost: Free. Registrations close on Wednesday 19 February 2020 or when trip is fully booked.

Register here

Fremantle Walking Tour

Explore the port city of Fremantle or 'Freo' as it's known to locals. This historic suburb of Perth is known for its vibrant arts and cafe culture, with fascinating attractions – many built by convicts back in the 1800s. We'll show you where the main attractions are, as well as public transport options.

Date: Friday 21 February 2020

Time: Check in at 8.30am, departing from UWA at 9am. Depart Fremantle for UWA at 2pm.

Meeting point: Grassed area behind tennis courts between the UWA Sports Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.

Cost: Free. Registrations close Thursday 20 February 2020 or when trip is fully booked.

Register here

Perth Zoo Excursion

Hang out with more than 1500 animals including otters, meerkats and orangutans, and discover wallabies, kangaroos, wombats and dingoes, and more.

Date: Thursday 5 March 2020

Time: Check in at 9am, departing from UWA at 9.30am. Return to UWA by 2.30pm.

Meeting point: Grassed area behind tennis courts between the UWA Sports Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.

Cost: $20 AUD. Registrations will close when trip is full.

Register here

Dunsborough/Yallingup Excursion

Join us for a two-day trip down south to this beautiful region. Dunsborough is a popular holiday destination 250km south of Perth. The Yallingup region is known as a beach town, foodie and adventurer's paradise. The program includes cave exploration, stand-up paddle boarding and visits to chocolate and cheese factories and white sandy beaches. Dorm accommodation is in Busselton and just a short journey to Dunsborough/Yallingup. The cost includes transport, most meals and accommodation.

Date: Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 March 2020

Time: Check in at 7am, departing from UWA at 7.30am. Return to UWA by 6.30pm following day.

Meeting point: Grassed area behind tennis courts between the UWA Sports Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.

Cost: $100 AUD. Registrations will close when trip is full.

Register here

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