Welcome Week sets Western Sydney University students up for success

Western Sydney University will offer students an exciting opportunity to connect with each other as they transition into university life this semester, with thousands set to come together for an action-packed ‘Welcome Week’.

Held from 26-29 February, the University will open its doors to students during a vibrant week of information sessions, campus tours, student networking and live entertainment.

The Parramatta South campus will be home to the action on 26-27 February, where students will have the opportunity to connect with other students and academics, engage with student groups, including clubs and societies, and participate in school-based welcome sessions to expand their knowledge and discover their meaning of success at Western.

Across the two days, from 10am-4pm, students will have access to a wide variety of university services where they can learn more about support on offer and explore the Western community with over 90 student groups, university support services and community stalls available.

With a full program of live music, food trucks, free Messina Gelato, performances, giveaways, games and workshops also on offer, it is set to be an exciting week.

Students can become orientated with their school and get to know their classmates and academics through designated networking activities. The sessions will equip students with the tools that they need to succeed in their first weeks at Western.

A recent graduate of Western Sydney University and Student Services Hub Officer, Ishi Mahadurage encourages students to make the most out of their university experience and use Welcome Week as an opportunity to learn about what support and services are available.

“Embrace the new world you’ve stepped into, enjoy the campus and be part of the events that are provided. Seek support whenever you need it,” said Ishi.

“Along with receiving a high-quality education, I enjoyed my campus life to the fullest. One of the things I love about being a student here is the sense of community. There's a real camaraderie among the students, and everyone is so friendly and welcoming.”

Later in the week, on 29 February, new students will have the opportunity to get familiar with their home campus, by participating in a campus tour and meet and greets ahead of the semester commencing on 4 March.

The activities throughout the week allow students to build connections with peers and staff, familiarise themselves with Western’s campuses and the broader Sydney region ahead of classes commencing.

New and continuing students can learn more about the upcoming schedule of events and Out and About activities that are designed to help them learn new skills, connect with new friends, share experiences, and engage with events and discussions that interest them, via the WESTERNLife platform.

Students can visit the Adobe stall during the week to learn more about the University becoming the first Adobe Creative Campus in New South Wales, a partnership set to equip students and staff with the access and digital literacy skills required for learning, working, and succeeding in a constantly evolving digital landscape.

As part of the week, students can also learn more about why, for the second year in a row, the University was ranked number one in the world for its social, ecological and economic impact by the prestigious Times Higher Education Impact rankings.

For more information, visit the Welcome Week web page (opens in a new window).

Students can register to join a Campus Tour via the WESTERNLife platform, noting tours are offered at Parramatta South 26-27 February and all other campuses on 29 February.


20 February 2024

Lauren Austin, Media Officer

Photo credit: Sally Tsoutas