The phrase ‘get around it’ is commonly used amongst UC students to signify the act of ‘having a go’ and making the most of the wealth of opportunities that UC provides. From sports and the arts, thorough to clubs and committees, life in College allows students to explore all areas of their potential and, most importantly, have fun doing it. UC is all about trying and experiencing new things in order to make lasting memories.
Orientation Week starts with “Welcome Sunday”, where current UC students help you to move into your room and new home. That kicks off a full week of exciting activities, organised by the Student Club, to help you find your way around campus, meet amazing new friends and have fun exploring Melbourne together.
“O Week was definitely one of the best weeks of my life. So much fun, 24/7. I was ready to have new experiences and meeting 100 new people was my dream. I was surprised how easy it all was to transition from home to UC.”
Becky Pearce, 1st year Biomedicine
For the musically inclined, UC offers great facilities and plenty of opportunities to perform throughout the year.
Students are encouraged to get involved in activities:
- Classical soirees
- Intercollegiate Battle of the Bands
- ‘PFAs’ or ‘Pleasant Friday Afternoons’, where students express their musical talent in a relaxed environment amongst peers.
- Annual Theatre Production, in which students with or without experience take to the stage (or backstage!) to put on a show open to the public.
The Art and Design students have access to an Art and Design studio. Equipped with iMacs and a large scale printer, the space is large enough to make models and art projects. The Art and Design Week exhibition showcases the creative talents of UC within the areas of visual art, design and photography.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AT UC
Living at college is an exciting time that gives you the opportunity to meet new people. This contributes to an environment where social activities are never in short supply. Activities and events include:
- UC Ball
- Commencement Dinner
- Fresher Dance Off
- Boat Cruise
- Valedictory Dinner
- Sports and Arts Ball.
College provides students with the opportunity to both compete and try a number of sports. The college sport seasons last for a very short amount of time, which means that students can participate in a wider variety of sports, perhaps trying something they haven’t done before.
Being great at sport is not a requirement as the main incentive for participating at UC is not winning; it is fun. Even if sport isn’t your thing and you’re not interested in competing, the supporting role is considered just as important.
- Table Tennis
University College students enjoy a rich, engaging and scholarly environment. A varied calendar of academic events is held throughout the year.
Whatever your interest or career ambition, you will find opportunities to help you grow and gain experience.
The University College Student Club is an incorporated association within University College that includes all student residents as members. The Student Club is led by an executive, and aims to ensure that UC students have a truly extraordinary experience throughout their time in Melbourne. Each year an executive is elected by the student body. Executive team roles, which range from President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer through to Social Secretary, Sports Representatives and Intercollegiate Representatives, give students an opportunity to represent their student body and shape the kind of environment they want to live in.
The Sustainability Committee and Social Welfare Committee give students opportunities to explore social responsibility and work together in a committee towards developing practical solutions to issues.
The Intercollegiate Activities Council offers a myriad of activities and opportunities to meet people from other colleges and expand peer networks outside of UC. All University of Melbourne Colleges take part in intercollegiate sports and arts events throughout the college year. There are a great number of activities and events available to students:
- Battle of the Bands
- Fresher Dance-Off
- Art and Design competition
- Public speaking competition
- Theatre Sports
- Intercollegiate Musical
- Pool and darts competition.