How to prepare

Once you've applied to Deakin and you've accepted your offer, the first step is complete but there's still plenty to organise before your first day. Our to-do list will give you a hand. You're probably a bit nervous too, so read up on what to expect once you're here.

Enrol in your course

If you haven't enrolled for your course yet, check your offer email or letter, as it'll tell you how to do so. Once you're enrolled, you can log into and explore DeakinSync, our student portal.

You'll be able to access your student record, check your course and unit details, sign up for classes, as well as print exam timetables, see results, re-enrol and pay your fees. 

If you're a Cloud Campus student, you'll be required to nominate your exam venue from the list of available venues when enrolling.

Find out more about enrolling

Check important dates

Check, double check and triple check when your first day of university is – you really don’t want to miss OWeek (Orientation Week). Another important date is ‘census’. After census you can no longer change your units without being charged.

Exam timetables are published on StudentConnect six weeks before the end of the trimester. Exams for campus units are held at Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses. 

If you're a Cloud Campus student, you'll have nominated your exam venue from the list of available venues when you enrolled.

Once you know all your key dates, go ahead and add them to your new student diary.

Check key dates

Register for classes and seminars

Sign up for your classes and seminars before the start of each trimester through DeakinSync. If you're a Cloud Campus student but would like to attend a class on campus, no problem: just pre-book your spot via DeakinSync.

Log in to DeakinSync

Sort out your finances

Sorting out money matters may not be the most exciting part of starting university, but you'll be glad you did it in a few months' time. Here are a few things you should do before you arrive:

Understand how to pay your fees 

Find out about fee payment assistance

Research scholarship opportunities

Plan your budget

Find out about part-time work and on-campus employment

Find somewhere to live

Planning on living on campus or moving to the local area? We have on-campus accommodation at Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool, with accommodation for nursing students coming soon at Geelong Waterfront. We can also help you look for off-campus accommodation.

Find on-campus accommodation

Find off-campus accommodation

Get to know your campus

Check your route

Make sure you know how to get to campus on your first day, and how long it'll take.

Find the address, directions and transport options for your campus

Download the free SafeZone app

SafeZone is a free app for Deakin students. It connects you directly to the Security team when you need help on campus. The app makes it easier for you to contact Security and helps them to respond if you need assistance, by sending your name and location directly to the response team members.

By installing the SafeZone app (available on Apple and Android devices) and registering as a user, you'll also receive any critical notifications from the University. 

We encourage all students to register for SafeZone on their mobile device.

Download our SafeZone app


DeakinSync is your online, personalised study hub tailored to your course and individual learning needs. Manage everything from your enrolment and course material to email, timetable, classes and career plan. It keeps you connected and in control, giving you easy access to everything you'll need to succeed at university.

Find out more about DeakinSync

Smoke-free university

To create a healthy and safe environment for all students and staff, Deakin is smoke-free.  This means you're not able to smoke on any Deakin campus at any time.

If you do smoke, Deakin will support you to quit through free information and advice available at all campus medical centres.

Find out more about our medical centres

Safety and security

Our security officers are easily identified by their uniforms, which display the Deakin security badge. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are based at all campuses. You can contact security if you ever feel unsafe on campus or if you would like to be escorted while walking around, particularly at night, to and from car parks.

The Safer Community unit acts as the central point of enquiry for information, advice, and support in managing problem behaviours that may cause fear, offence or trauma. The unit focuses on early identification of observable student behaviours that present a risk to the safety and wellbeing of self or others.

Find out more about safety and security at Deakin

Health and wellbeing

There services cover everything from on-campus child care, medical and disability resource centres to multifaith chaplaincy, counselling services and sporting facilities. A range of support services are available across the University to ensure you stay healthy and safe, and get the most out of life at Deakin.

Find out more about life at Deakin

Prepare for studies

Regardless of whether you're coming straight from high-school, moving from another institution or returning to university after a break, it's important to prepare. Get a head start before classes officially begin by making the most of our study resources and tools.


Sign up for a UniStart workshop. They're suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and are a great way to prepare for studying at Deakin.

Resources and books

Depending on your course, you may be required to buy textbooks and study materials. Booklists are posted in DUSA Bookshops and can be viewed online one week before each trimester commences. DUSA Bookshops are located on all campuses and stock all your required textbooks, reference books, course materials and stationery.

Make sure you also set up your computer for learning at Deakin. Get Office 365, OneDrive and a range of on-demand apps to help you make a great start.


Check out the Get Started section in DeakinSync. You’ll find lots of useful tools and resources to help prepare you for study at Deakin.

Another great area of DeakinSync is the Studying section. You’ll find study support, referencing guides, assignment planners, student-helping-student services and access to our language and learning advisors.

Get connected with other students early

DeakinSync Communities allows you to join or create your own public and private online communities. This could be a course-based group, a study group, even a country, region or suburb-based group. It's an easy way to connect with like-minded students and support each other throughout your studies.

You can also register for faculty and peer mentoring programs before your classes begin. Mentoring programs are the perfect way to meet new people and establish friendships, while learning about the expectations and requirements of life as a university student at the same time. 

Join or set up a DeakinSync Community

Register for a mentoring program

Attend orientation!

Last, but certainly not least, officially kick-start your journey with Deakin and get involved in OWeek. Whether you head to campus and join in the activities or jump online for a live chat with your new classmates, it's a great way to introduce yourself to university life and gather the important information (as well as tips and tricks) you'll need to get the most out of your time at Deakin.

Find out more about orientation

International students

If you're coming to study at Deakin from overseas, check out our living in Australia page for international students. It'll guide you through everything you need to do to prepare for life in Australia, and at Deakin.

Learn more about living in Australia