Starting at CSU

If you've never studied at university before, it can be a bit daunting. As a distance education student, you'll be responsible for your own study regimes, discipline, and staying motivated.

Starting at university is likely to be an exciting, but sometimes stressful experience. Receiving all your study materials, buying textbooks, balancing home life and study, getting used to doing assignments, relating to other students online, and managing study and a job can all take a while to get used to.

Here are some of the things that you'll need to know before you start studying at CSU, and that will help you get the most from your time as a CSU student.

Study materials

As a distance education student, all your study materials are conveniently available online or delivered to your home or workplace by mail before your course begins.

More about Study materials

Online support

Online support is available for all distance education students through a range of online services, including a personalised portal, student support and subject forums, and the University's online scholarly environment CSU Interact.

More about Online support


Most subjects have a combination of prescribed and recommended texts. You will be advised of the textbook requirements of your subject at the start of the session through the subject outline.

More about Textbooks

Distance education study tips

Tips for study success as a distance education student that will help you stay on track with study.

More about Distance education study tips

Preparing for tertiary study

Learning support is available to students to help prepare them for study at tertiary level, even before they commence their degree. CSU offers a range of programs to help improve your study skills.

More about Preparing for tertiary study

Academic expectations

More about Academic expectations