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Top ways a Residential College helps students transition into uni

Written by Larissa Brand

University is many students first time moving out of home and come with many responsibilities, making it a daunting time of transition. Living in a college can help ease the nerves of the new academic expectations students face in university as well as the new balance students must find between study, socialising and work commitments.

University College Tutors

Our University College Tutors organise tutorial sessions and are available for private consultations every week however you can email them at any time. These sessions are great for asking questions and getting advice from someone who have already completed or is familiar with your course. Unlike college tutors, university tutors are restricted in their ability to give feedback and advice on assignments and exams due to academic integrity. In the spirit of fairness, you are encouraged to use discussion boards to ask your tutor questions so that all can see the response and access the same advice. In contrast, University College tutorials are highly personalised and allow for a detailed discussion on your main concerns and questions. UC tutors can read over assignments and offer advice via emails or the in-person consultations.

24/7 Library

University College also has its own library, where you can borrow textbooks for the semester rather than buying your own. This is also a quiet study space that’s open 24/7 with study rooms for you to have group study sessions at. It’s great because it saves you travel time to get to places like the University of State library to do some focussed studying before exams (unless you prefer to of course!). We also have computers and printers for students to use if needed.

Design Studio accessible to you

For the many architecture, fine art or design students we have at University College, we have a design studio decked out with computers, art materials and an A1 printer. We also have backdrops for professional photography. It’s a spacious collaborative area where you can work with others and share ideas. It’s the kind of multipurpose space that every design student dreams of having right next door.

Make friends quickly

Going to a college quickly introduces you to hundreds of people so you are bound to find someone studying the same thing as you that you can go to classes and college tutorials with. It makes a huge difference on your first day of university when you’re struggling to find classes in an unfamiliar campus when you can share that experience with a buddy. It’s a great place to network with students from other universities as well. Once you settle in, college quickly becomes your safety net of support.

Going to university classes

Navigating a new campus is one of the key stressors of attending university, especially when the campus is so big, there’s construction everywhere, and you only have 10 minutes between classes. Due to the proximity of University College from the University of Melbourne campus, we find our students become very familiar with the campus quite quickly as you’re likely to walk through it often whether you study there or not. Students from other universities may need to do a bit more prior planning to make sure enough time is allocated to the short travel into the city, but nothing unmanageable. The great thing about living in the city is that the public transport is frequent and easy to navigate.

Ease into independent living

Moving out of home comes with many more responsibilities alongside studying or working. College is a great way to ease into your new-found independence as meals are fully catered for and you share the same experience with 300 other students. Once a fortnight your room is given a general clean which is a nice-to-have. The college offerings allow you to put more focus on learning to balance studying, socialising and/or working while making the most of your young adulthood.

Support during exam period

Around the exam period, the college enforces a ‘zero-tolerance period’, where noise is restricted after 7:00pm. During this time, there is an increased number of study spaces and heaps more academic support. The wellbeing committee also gives out little care packages with special snacks every afternoon tea to help student get through this stressful period.

Easy conversation starter

Colleges are also a great discussion point and conversation starter. At university, students who don’t go to college are always very interested to hear what college life is like, and those who go to another college always want to compare their experiences. Yay to friendships!