BEFORE YOU START CHECKLIST
Complete this list of key things you need to do before classes to start. If you have any questions, speak to an 'Ask Us' assistant on campus during Week 0 and Week 1 – they're the ones in red t-shirts wearing black lanyard cards. Student Central is also available year round to help you.
Print a copy of the checklist
- Complete your enrolment steps. Accept your offer, activate your account and enrol online.
- Prepare for Tutorial Registration. Read your tutorial registration emails, plan your timetable and select your preferences.
- Spend time on the Starting at Western Sydney U website. Take the 'Are you ready to start' quiz, look into the programs and workshops you can use to prepare for uni, and find out about our support services.
- Plan how you're getting to campus.
- Get your student ID card. Collect your Student ID card at Student Central anytime you're on campus – you need it while on campus, in exams and to collect your course specific device (if eligible).
- Go to Orientation. Learn about your course and what's expected at uni, meet fellow students, get to know your campus and take a library tour.
- Look into how much Uni costs. Find out about tuition fees, textbooks and the other costs that might come up at uni.
- Speak to the Disability service. If you have a disability, injury or chronic health condition we can provide tailored and personal support throughout your degree
- Save the security phone number in your phone (for emergencies) - 1300 737 003
It's important that you understand your responsibilities and obligations as a Western Sydney University student. When you first enrol, you sign the Student Declaration as a condition of your enrolment. This outlines the rules you will adhere to while at the University and your responsibilities as a student. You need to know what your responsibilities are as not meeting them can have a serious impact on your enrolment and your future at Western.
Here is a sample of what you agree to do upon enrolment as a student:
- Follow the rules
- Check and use your student email account
- Check the student webpages and portal
- Satisfy your study requirements
- Provide true and correct information for the University's use
- Keep your personal and contact details up to date
Why is keeping my contact details up-to-date so important?
The contact details in MySR are how we contact you in emergencies and where we will send things like academic documents. It's your responsibility to keep your contact details up to date in MySR, including your postal address, mobile number, emergency contact and next of kin.
Who can I talk to about my responsibilities?
Don't be shy about seeing a Counsellor, Student Welfare Officer or Student Advocate if you want to learn more about your obligations as a student. They can help you understand your responsibilities and obligations, as well as your rights as a student. These areas are there so you don't have to deal with problems or respond to issues on your own.
It's good to have a plan for how you're going to get to campus.
There are a number of easy ways to access all our campuses including public transport, shuttle buses, riding or walking and driving or carpooling.
It can take some time to get used to how we write building and room locations. This page explains how it all works and will help you find your way around more quickly (and easily).
A location is made up of the campus, building, floor and room number. There may also be the type of room noted on the end.
|BA-23.G.14 (CL)||BA = Bankstown campus|
23 = Building number
G = Floor/level
14 = Room number
CL = Computer Lab
Here's some common abbreviations you might come across:
|Campus abbreviations||Room types|
|BA = Bankstown|
CA = Campbelltown
HW = Hawkesbury
KW = Kingswood
LI = Lithgow
NI = Nirimba
PC = Parramatta City
PN = Parramatta North
PS = Parramatta South
WS = Werrington South
|CL = Computer Lab|
CCL = Collaborative Computer Lab
CLS = Collaborative Learning Space
LT = Lecture Theatre
LS = Learning Studio
TS = Teaching Space
Below is a list of rooms and facilities that you can use freely whenever you're on campus.
- Communal kitchen - 1.G.18
- Muslim prayer rooms - 10.G.19 (f) and 10.G.10 (m)
- Prayer and meditation facilities - 10.G.15 (ass via 10.G.13)
- Queer room - 1.1.212
- Women's room - 1.1.211
- Parent's room - 1.G.07
- Communal kitchen - 4.G.10 (access via 4.G.09)
- Muslim prayer rooms - 2.2.02 (partitioned) (f) and (m) access via 2.2.03)
- Prayer and meditation facilities - 2.2.07
- Queer room - 4.G.07
- Women's room - 2.2.05
- Parent's rooms - 4.G.02, 21.G.39 and 30.G.204
- Communal kitchens - H7.G.02, M3.G.02 (no disabled access), G1.G.46A (learning commons space and K4.1.14
- Muslim prayer rooms - P22.G.02
- Prayer and meditation facilities - P23.G.01
- Queer room - K4.G.74
- Women's room - K4.G.79
- Parent's room - K4.G.20
- Communal kitchens - K.1.64, K.2.01 and P.G.01 (student social space)
- Muslim prayer rooms - H.G.04a (partitioned) (m) access via H.G.01, (f) access via H.G.04A
- Prayer and meditation facilities - H.G.10 (access via H.G.02)
- Queer room - N.G.03
- Women's room - H.G.03A (access via H.G.01)
- Parent's room - K.1.05D
Werrington South campus
- Communal kitchen - BN.G.01
- Communal kitchens - EEA and EG.G.07
- Muslim prayer rooms - EA.LG.14B (m) and EA.LG.14D (f)
- Prayer and meditation facilities - EF.G.07
- Queer room - EA.G.37
- Women's room - EB.G.16
- Parent's room - EN.LG.23
Getting your head around timetables can be a bit of a challenge. Below are the top issues students have told us they have when planning their timetable.
Things that are great about timetables
- It is possible to squeeze all your activities (classes) into a small number of days per week
- The majority of units have multiple days and times available
Limitations and things you need to know
- Some classes have absolutely no choice of day or time
- We don't have a large number of evening classes
- You need to allow for travel time if you have classes on different campuses
If you can't see timetable information for a class, these are the most likely reasons:
- You aren't enrolled in the unit (or not correctly enrolled)
- You're looking at the unit enrolment in the wrong teaching session (e.g. you're enrolled in the Spring Session unit, but are looking at the Autumn Session timetable
If you're still struggling to work out how the timetable works or can't find what you're looking for, contact Student Central by phone on 1300 668 370 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Digital Textbooks
If you are enrolled in first year or Diploma units* your 2017 digital textbooks are free. You can simply download or access them online, anytime and anywhere! For more details visit westernsydney.edu.au/textbooks.
*First year units are listed as Level 1 units in the Handbook
Did you know you can buy all your textbooks online via The Co-op?
- Textbook price match guarantee
- The most up to date textbook lists
- Free delivery for textbooks ordered online
- All textbook stock are the latest editions and correct
For more details, visit The Co-op website.
Most units have a course reader, which contains the required reading for the unit. You can buy all your course readers online via The Co-op website.
Course equipment (course requirements)
Some courses require specific equipment that students need to buy to meet the requirements of their course. For example, Nursing students will need to buy a uniforms and specific equipment to attend their placement. Check your unit outline to see if you need anything for your unit/course.
For more details search the 'Clothing' and 'Western Sydney University Courses' section of the The Co-op website.