Prep Week

Get ready

Get a head start by organising your tasks and learning about the resources available at UQ as soon as you accept your offer.

Take these first steps for a seamless start to your UQ career.

Important dates before Orientation Week

  • Friday, 26 January: Due date for enrolling for domestic students
  • Tuesday, 6 February: Jump Start Academic Preparation Program at St Lucia (undergraduate students)
  • Friday, 9 February: Last date to request a program change through mySI-net

Some dates may vary, depending on your program. Check if your program has date variations.

  • Learn about the first critical steps at the Starting at UQ site

    • Accept your offer, and activate your UQ account

      The Starting at UQ website can guide you through the steps you will need to accept your offer and to activate your UQ account. Your UQ student account gives you access to our online services and student email.

      If you have any issues activating your UQ account, contact Information Technology Services (ITS) on +61 7 3365 6000 or help@its.uq.edu.au. If you need to reset your password, you can change it online or contact ITS.

      What is the difference between my Student ID and UQ username?

      Your Student ID will be 8 digits, e.g. 12345678. Your UQ username will be the lowercase letter s followed by the first 7 digits of your Student ID, e.g. s1234567.

      Learn more about accepting your offer at Starting at UQ

      Find out more about activating your UQ account at Starting at UQ

    • Check if your program has date variations

      Some programs have enrolment deadlines or semester start and end dates that vary from the standard dates.

      If your program has a date variation, keep in mind that your specific program dates may differ from the dates listed across our First Weeks at UQ guide.

      Check for date variations

    • Choose your courses

      First-year course planners

      Your first year planner tells you what courses you need to study. You can access a general first year planner through the Starting at UQ website.

      Many of our faculties and schools have specific online or print resources for first-year course plans.

      What do all these terms mean?

      First, you will need to understand the difference between courses and programs.

      Course

      A subject or class that you take to complete your degree/program

      (e.g. POLS1101: Introduction to Australian Politics.)

      vs

      Program

      The degree which you are pursuing

      (e.g. the Bachelor of Arts.)

      When you look through the available courses, you will see that many of the descriptions take the form of the below. The Starting at UQ website goes over in-depth how to tell the course level based on course codes, how many course units you will need per semester, and what important information can be found on your course profiles.

      ECON1010

      (course code)

      Introduction to Microeconomics

      (course title)

      #2

      (course unit value; each program requires a specific number of units)

      The first number indicates the year or level of the course.

      If you are a language student, you may start in later-year courses.

      Course evaluations

      You can access SECAT evaluations to see how other students have rated courses according to criteria such as whether assessment criteria were clear and whether the course was intellectually stimulating. 

      Unofficial course advice

      If you would like informal help about courses from other UQ students, UQReview, Lecture Evaluation and Student VIP have ratings and tips for many UQ courses.

      You can also ask other students on the Facebook group, UQ CourseSpace.

      Help with choosing courses

      If you have questions about course selection and program planning, as a first step, make sure you attend any academic advising sessions for your faculty or school during Orientation Week. If you still have questions or need confirmation, the academic advisors and course coordinators at your school or faculty are the definitive resource.

      If you need help with the enrolment procedure through mySI-net, the Student Centre can offer advice and help you through the steps.

      Read the step-by-step guide to choosing courses at Starting at UQ

    • Create a timetable in UQ Timetable Planner

      Plan your timetable with the UQ Timetable Planner. Once you add courses, the Timetable Planner lets you visualise your scheduling clashes to help you resolve conflicts.

      After you’ve created the timetable, you must still enrol in the courses through mySI-net.

      You can save and export the timetable to your calendar or view them through my.UQ (beta).

      You should have some back-up options ready, in case your chosen courses are full during sign-on.

      Visit UQ Timetable Planner

    • Enrol on mySI-net

      To take the courses you need for a degree, first, you must enrol for them!

      The Starting at UQ website can walk you through all the steps in detail and with video walk-throughs and screenshots to help you along the way.

      Read the Starting at UQ's step-by-step guide to enrolling

    • Sign-on to classes

      Some courses will require you to sign-on to classes when there are multiple lectures, tutorials or practicals.

      Starting at UQ describes the procedures you need to know to sign-on, with a video walk-through, screenshots, and detailed instructions to guide you through the process.

      Keep in mind that enrolment numbers are limited for each class, so signing on to some classes can be competitive. You may want to prioritise sign-on, based on the numbers of available spots. Some students prefer to sign-on first to tutorials and practicals - which have fewer available spots per class - before they sign-on to their lectures.

      Make sure you have some backup options if you do not get your first choice.

      Sign-on dates

      Not all classes become available for sign-on at the same time.

      Semester 1 2018

      • TBC: Doctor of Medicine program
      • 22 January 2018: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
      • 23 January 2018: Faculty of Science
      • 24 January 2017: Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
      • 25 January 2017: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
      • 29 January 2017: Faculty of Medicine (other programs)
      • 29 January 2017: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

      The difference between sign-on and sign-in

      Sign-on

      registration for specific lectures, practicals or tutorials when multiple options are offered.

      vs

      Sign-in

      the username and password for your UQ account.

      Help with sign-on

      For timetable clashes or assistance, an email function is built into the sign-on window to directly contact the relevant administrator.

      Learn more about the sign-on process at Starting at UQ

    • Pick up your Student ID

      Your Student ID Card is proof of your enrolment. You will need it to borrow books from the Library and as identification for your exams.

      Enrol early and pick it up before O-Week to avoid the long lines.

      You will be able to collect your Student ID 24 hours after you officially enrol in a class.

      Find out more about your Student ID at Starting at UQ

  • Plan your arrival

    • Determine your arrival date

      You should arrive at least 2 weeks before Orientation Week. This will give you time to get settled in and to get organised for your study at UQ.

      Orientation Week dates

      Semester 1, 2018: Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February

      Airport pick-up for international students

      If you are a new international student to UQ, you are eligible for a free airport pickup.

      You will need to book the pick up at least 3 days in advance.

      Please note that any accompanying passengers who are not eligible for our free pickup will be charged for this service.

      Get in touch with Accommodation Services for more information about the pickup service.

    • Arrange your accommodation

      Before you arrive on campus, make sure you have somewhere to stay once you get here! Accommodation Services has a list of collegespreferred providers and other accommodation options on or close to campus. You can also search other private accommodation on the UQ Rentals database.

      Unless you are moving straight into a College, we recommend that you arrange long-term accommodation after you have arrived, so that you can inspect the property before locking yourself into a lease or written agreement and before you pay any money.  There are many short-term accommodation options available for you while searching for your perfect new home.

      If you're new to the Brisbane area, our Suburb Guide can give you some insight on the surrounding suburbs and the convenience and amenities they have to offer.

      Colleges

      Contact the Colleges directly for more information regarding anything to do with applications, fees, procedures, criteria etc.

      Preferred Suppliers

      Our Preferred Suppliers offer a guided rental experience with independent cooking facilities. These providers offer a fully furnished place, usually including all utilities (the internet as well) and a social calendar.

      View your accommodation options at UQ

      Search UQ Rentals

    • Learn about the important campus locations for new students

      Orient yourself to the most important destinations that new students need to know by checking out our virtual tours. Familiarising yourself with parts of campus and their purposes before you get to UQ will help you navigate confidently in the right direction once you get here.

      Take a virtual tour of the St Lucia campus

      Take a virtual tour of the Gatton campus

    • Learn how public transport works in Brisbane

      As a full-time UQ student, studying internally and residing in Queensland, you are eligible for concession fares on TransLink. Make sure you carry your Student ID with you when you travel on TransLink.

      Applying for go card concession fares

      With an online go card account
      1. Log in through the go Card login site, using your card number and password.
      2. Select the Contact tab and update your details, including your student number and institution details. You will be notified by text or email when your application for concession fares has been processed.
      3. On the Contact page, you should now see your concession information displayed.
      Without an online go card account (or for those who do not want to register their go card)

      Visit the Apply for Concession Fares page and fill out your details. (Mobile link

      Tips on using TransLink

      • Once you have collected your Student ID, get a concession Go card if you plan on using public transport. Fares using a Go card are already at least 30% cheaper than fares on a paper ticket, and a concession Go card entitles you to 50% of the normal Go card fares.
      • You can plan your journeys through the TransLink Journey Planner or through Google Maps using the public transport option.
      • You can register and set up your Go card to top up automatically. If you lose the card, registering allows you to block the use of the money you have left on the card and transfer it to a new card.
      • Pay attention to where you are! You will have to press the red Stop buttons if you want the driver to drop you off at a particular stop.
      • The St Lucia campus has a CityCat ferry terminal stop called UQ St Lucia, located close to the UQ Lakes bus station. Services depart every 15-30 minutes during operating hours. The ferry is one of the nicest ways to commute to our St Lucia campus!

      Learn more about go card concession fares on TransLink

      Check the TransLink Journey Planner

    • Find out how parking works at your campus

      St Lucia

      There is paid (Pay & Display) casual parking across the St Lucia campus. Parking permits for students are granted only to those with special circumstances. We recommend using public transport or cycling to campus whenever you can.

      The St Lucia campus has a small number of cheaper full-day parking spots ($5/day). If you want a chance at grabbing one of these spots, make sure you arrive early!

      Gatton

      There is no fee for casual parking at the Gatton campus. There is reserved undercover parking, which requires a parking permit, for students and staff. 

      Herston

      The Herston campus has full-day casual parking spots for $5. Students and staff can pay casually or apply for an "All Day Herston only" parking permit to use these spots. Other parking permits are available only to staff and those with special circumstances.

      View the St Lucia parking map

      View the Gatton parking map

      View the Herston parking map

    • Learn more about cycling at UQ

      Cycling can be a healthy and cheaper alternative to taking public transport or driving to UQ.

      The uni has dedicated bike paths and facilities and developed cycling programs to encourage more of the UQ community to commute to campus and as a sustainability initiative. We have bike repair stations, racks and Bike Boxes (and lockers), for which you can apply to store your bike and gear.

      Bike Boxes are free of charge and are available to anyone with a UQ student or staff ID. Take advantage of the free facility and make sure to apply for your own bike storage space. You can also apply for lockers (available for a charge).

      Find out more about cycling at UQ

  • Learn about the technology you will use at UQ

    • Download UQ Checklist

      UQ Checklist is the essential app for new UQ students.

      You can tailor the Checklist to your circumstances including whether you are a domestic or international student, the campus on which you will be based, and whether you need to relocate for uni.

      Plan your first few weeks of classes, research lifestyle decisions including accommodation and expenses, and find out where to get help.

      Add important dates directly to your phone calendar.

      Learn more about UQ Checklist

      Download from App Store (iOS)

      Download from Google Play (Android)

    • Download UQnav

      UQnav keeps searchable maps of our campuses right at your fingertips. It is free to download from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

      How can I use UQnav?

      • Enter where you want to go.
      • UQnav displays your current location and your destination.
      • Search by keyword or location type (eg cafes, banks, public transport station).
      • Find lecture theatres, laboratories, school and faculty offices, sports facilities, retail and food outlets and many more locations.
      • Bookmark your favourite locations.

      Learn more about UQnav

      Download from App Store (iOS)

      Download from Google Play (Android)

    • Set up your UQ email account

      Your UQ student email account is how we will keep in touch with you about your studies. Make sure you activate it!

      Once you have enrolled in at least one course in mySI-net, you will be able to set up your email.

      Did you know that you have several versions of your email address that all get sent to the same inbox? For example, your primary email address will be in the format of firstname.lastnamexx@uq.net.au (where xx may be a number), but firstname.lastnamexx@uqconnect.edu.au will work on the same account.

      If you want to keep using your current email, you can set up your UQ email to forward to your existing email.

      You will have this email for life, so you will be able to use it after you've finished your studies here.

      Set up your UQ email

    • Connect to the UQ wireless network

      The main wireless network at UQ is called Eduroam, which lets you connect to the Internet on our campus as well as on those of participating universities around the world.

      Each UQ student is given a monthly quota of download data (currently 40GB per month). Check your usage on the UQ Internet Management Page, or visit the ITS Website to purchase more data.

      Once you have connected to Eduroam, when prompted for your username, enter it in the following format - username@uq.edu.au. For example, a student's Eduroam username could be s1234567@uq.edu.au, while a staff member's username might be uqaexamp@uq.edu.au.

      Support

      Connection problems: Contact I.T. Services.

      Password resets: Visit the Password Reset page or contact I.T. Services.

      Set up on-campus wi-fi

    • Plan your courses with UQ Timetable Planner

      Plan your semester timetable with UQ Timetable Planner. Input your courses in the Planner and view the scheduling clashes.

      Once you have planned your timetable, you must still enrol and sign-on to your classes in mySI-net.

      Check your timetable on any device.

      The timetables you set up in Timetable Planner will also show up on your dashboard in my.UQ.

      Visit UQ Timetable Planner

    • Familiarise yourself with Blackboard (Learn.UQ)

      Learn.UQ is the learning management system at UQ, based on the Blackboard platform.

      Through Learn.UQ, you can:

      • Access lecture notes and recordings
      • View your course profile
      • Submit assignments and quizzes
      • View your course results
      • Collaborate with other students or discuss topics

      The Library offers online training guides for Blackboard.

      Get started with Learn.UQ

    • Learn the difference between mySI-net and my.UQ

      mySI-net is the University’s online enrolment system where you manage your enrolment and essential administrative tasks.

      You can use mySI-net to:

      • Enrol in UQ courses;
      • Update your personal details;
      • View your course profiles and timetables;
      • Sign-on to classes (lectures, tutorials, labs);
      • Pay your fees;
      • Apply for financial assistance if you are a domestic student;
      • Request a change of program; and
      • View your examination timetable and your results.

      my.UQ is the University of Queensland's web portal, which links you to other resources.

      It brings together all the online resources students use at UQ, including mySI-net.

      my.UQ gives you a personalised view of your:

      • Email;
      • Course materials;
      • Student records;
      • Calendar;
      • Address book; and
      • Bookmark list.

      It also provides access to the UQ Library and Blackboard, news and events, and a visualisation of your timetable from Timetable Planner.

      We are looking for feedback on the new my.UQ site. Help us improve it for you and for future students by giving us feedback.

      Visit mySI-net

      Visit my.UQ (beta)

  • Get advice from current UQ students

    • Expect a call from our Student Relations Network Crew
      (for domestic undergraduate students)

      There are some things you just need to hear from another UQ student!

      Once you accept your offer to become a UQ student, you may receive a call from a Crew member from the Student Relations Network.

      Our Crew are senior students and call all students who are new to their program to check in and see how you're going with starting at UQ. The Crew are happy to answer any questions you have about the process, your new degree or anything else you want to know about uni life.

      Calls are made after you accept your offer and prior to O-Week in Semester 1 and Semeseter 2. 

      Request a callback from our Crew

  • Create your Orientation plan on the Orientation website

    • Schedule the compulsory welcome sessions for your program or faculty/school

      Your first-year plan can be confusing to figure out on your own. The compulsory Welcome sessions held by your Faculty or School during Orientation Week provide important information for students about your program and academic advising.

      At these sessions, your faculty and school will cover your program structure, timetabling and course selection, study expectations and other program-specific information. You may also have the opportunity to meet other students from your program, academic advisors and admin staff in your faculty and learn who and where to go to when you need help.

      The program sessions are listed on the home page of the Orientation website.

      Add your program sessions to your O-Week plan

    • Add Market Day Wed 14 Feb at St Lucia

      Market Day is held during O-Week in Semester 1 at St Lucia. This is a celebration of student life with stalls, barbeques, entertainment, giveaways, and demonstrations. 

      One of the big draws of Market Day is the exposure to many of the Clubs and Societies that you can join through UQ Union. Find other people who have similar interests, and start expanding your UQ network!

      Bring plenty of cash! It can be difficult to navigate through the crowds of Market Day and come back after your trip to the ATM, so make sure you have cash prior to visiting Market Day to pay for your membership fees.
      Find out more details on Market Day at the Orientation website
    • Add a Getting Started session (required for international students, recommended for domestic students)

      Getting Started sessions are designed to assist you with the smooth transition to campus life.

      If you are an international student, you must attend a Getting Started session within the first 3 days after you arrive in Brisbane.

      While we cover some topics specific to international students, the session includes essential information all students need to get settled in at UQ and off to a good start. Learn some fun facts about UQ, explore your campus, and find practical information about enrolling and making connections with other UQ students.

      At these sessions, you will:

      • Meet an International Student Advisor
      • Find out about the process of enrolling/registering for classes
      • Learn how to get your student ID card and your OSHC card
      • Get information on banking, key university facilities, student discounts on public transportation

      Attend a Getting Started session during Orientation

      Learn about our ongoing Getting Started sessions

    • Add a Library tour

      The UQ Library provides a lot more than access to the largest research collection of print and electronic resources in Queensland.

      Attend a UQ Library session during O-Week to learn more about the Library’s services, including:

      • free face-to-face and online training
      • I.T. help 
      • free access to Lynda.com online training
      • access to reading lists and past exam papers, and
      • expert advice from your friendly and knowledgeable Librarians.

      If you miss the sessions during O-Week or want to get a head-start before you arrive on campus, you can take the Library 101 self-paced training online through Learn.UQ (Blackboard).

      Add a Library tour (Social Sciences + Humanities) to your plan

      Add a Library tour (Engineering + Science) to your plan

      Add a Library tour (Architecture + Music) to your plan

      Take an online training on Library resources