A day in the life of an undergraduate student

Welcome to a day in the life of an undergraduate student at Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Whether you’re joining us straight from school or you’ve taken time away from studying, Deakin supports your transition to higher learning. As well as first-class academic disciplines, we offer a range of services and facilities to ensure a healthy study/life balance. Learn what it’s like to study at Deakin by following an undergraduate student’s average day.

8.20am: Getting to campus

Most undergraduate students who study at the Melbourne Burwood Campus get to class by tram, train, bus or car. There are plenty of transport options, even if you don’t live too close to campus.

Then again, you might decide to live on campus. The Melbourne Burwood Campus, like some of our other campuses, offers modern on-campus accommodation options. You can choose between a range of different accommodation styles, including studio apartments and shared units.

Take a look at Melbourne Burwood Campus' accommodation options

9am: Learning in classes and seminars

Like most undergraduates, you probably have a few teaching sessions each day. These are divided between classes, where a lecturer talks in front of a large class, and seminars, where a smaller group of students learn in a less formal setting.

If you’re coming straight from school (and even if you’re not!) studying at university may not necessarily come naturally. What’s the best way to take notes? Would joining a study session be useful?

Deakin offers a range of support and advice to make the transition to studying as smooth as possible.

Check out the study support Deakin offers

10.20am: Find mates through a club

Studying isn’t the only thing you can do on campus. You’ll find plenty of time to socialise before or after class, and joining a club is one of the best ways to quickly make like-minded new friends.

The student association, DUSA, runs more than 100 different clubs and societies. There’s everything from anime and Spanish to outdoor adventure and poker clubs, and most clubs are out in force during orientation week at the beginning of the trimester. 

Not only can you make heaps of new friends by signing up to a club, it’s also a fun way to learn about things you’re already interested in.

Learn more about DUSA’s clubs and societies

12.30pm: Grab lunch with friends

Hungry after a busy morning? No worries. There’s a range of food options on all of Deakin’s campuses, from trendy cafes and coffee-stops to bistros.

Find out where to eat

2pm: Library learning

If you’re looking for a quiet place to study, the library’s your best bet. You can borrow books, but they also let you borrow laptops, cameras and video recorders. It comes in handy if you’re putting together a portfolio of work for your course, or you need to put together an assignment.

You can also book meeting rooms or study spaces. They get popular around exam time, but online booking’s a breeze, and meeting rooms are perfect for talking over group projects.

Learn more about Deakin's libraries

4.30pm: Give the gym a workout

When you need a break from studying, keep healthy at one of our fitness centres. As well as treadmills, exercycles and weights, there are heaps of classes to choose from too, including boxing, yoga and pilates. You can even book a basketball court!

Check out more about sports and gyms