Being a student at uni is very different to being a school student. Suddenly you get a taste of that independence you always wanted. With increased independence comes increased responsibility, so you'll find that more will be expected from you, both in terms of study and looking after yourself.
Full-time study on campus involves a combination of classes, tutorials, practicums, forum participation and self-directed study that can total around 35 hours per week - equivalent to a full-time job. You may not have to attend classes every day, but should do some review, class preparation or assignment work most days to ensure you do well.
A single degree usually takes three to four years to complete, however double degrees allow you to accelerate your learning by completing two Bachelor degrees in minimal time - usually in four years.
When you're at uni, you are responsible for ensuring you hand in your assignments on time. CSU offers great student support and assistance with library resources to help you complete assessments. You can always ask your lecturers, and you can set up a student group to discuss what you are learning.
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Many students study and work part-time in their campus' regional city. If you choose to work and study, then recognise that life is about trade-offs and you probably won't have the time to do everything you want. Consider a time management plan that balances your study load, social life, and free-time. You should plan to:
STUDY LINK is an online program designed to prepare students for university study. If you haven't studied for a while or just want to brush up on your skills in a few areas, STUDY LINK subjects will help increase your skills, and help you develop a clear understanding of the expectations of studying at university.
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Many CSU students have relocated to study and are looking to make new friends. The extra-curricular activities offered by CSU, such as sporting competitions and student clubs, assist students to establish networks away from the classroom, helping you to form the friendships you'll cherish for life. Whether you live on or off campus, getting involved in uni life is the best way to make friends.
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It's a big step to move out of home. You may decide to share a house with friends or live on campus. CSU offers a range of affordable accommodation options on our regional campuses, with great student support services.
Living on or near campus makes perfect sense - it reduces travel time to lectures and allows easy access to sporting and entertainment venues on campus. You'll develop friendships with students from a variety of backgrounds enrolled in a diverse range of courses.
Assistance in finding accommodation can also be provided if you would prefer to live off campus in one of our campus cities.
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With the independence of living away from home comes the responsibility of paying for your own living expenses, making home cooked meals, doing laundry, and getting yourself out of bed on time to make lectures.
Here are some things to think about when you're living away from home:
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It's all about flexibility and support at CSU. A number of courses have similar subjects in their first year, so you may be able to apply to change to another course at the end of the year. There are cut-off dates for changes, so please ask early.
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Watch the winning video entry in the 2013 'Surviving and Thriving at University' competition, run by CSU's Faculty of Science.
The overall cost of obtaining a degree at CSU is lower than most other universities in Australia, and our students find that the cost of living is less in a regional centre compared to metropolitan locations.
A social media assignment made by CSU undergraduate students studying Nuclear Medicine.