Your guide to O Week in Brisbane

OK it’s time to get serious. No more sleeping in until midday, no more binge watching Netflix, no more midnight shenanigans. Semester 1 is just around the corner and the best way to prepare is with the week of orientations ahead – O Week.

Pack your days with campus tours, information sessions and workshops to familiarise yourself with your new university, and use your nights to get to know your new classmates. O Week may well be one of the most memorable weeks of your uni life – here’s how to make it a good one.

The universities

Griffith University

Griffith Uni O Week

The official Nathan campus O Week Market Day is on Tuesday 20 February and includes a giant street market, live performances, roving entertainment, product sampling and countless stalls. Logan campus will host its Market Day on Wednesday 21 February, turning the centre of the university into a mix of stalls, samples and live music.

There’s also a special international student welcome and orientation session across Griffith's campuses throughout the course of the week and an international student market at the Nathan campus from 12pm on Friday 23 February where there will be a free lunch, entertainment, games and information about university and community services.  

Highlights: Giant games with Griffith Mates

Check out all the Griffith O Week events here

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

University of the Sunshine Coast

The USC South Bank campus orientation is on Thursday 22 February but the majority of the USC O Week events will be happening at its Sippy Downs campus, running from 19-22 February, including Market Day from 10am on the 19th. 

In addition to regular O Week activities, USC have also planned events and activities especially for international students! These begin from 17 February, so keep an eye out on updates from them about any events you may like to attend.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

On Monday 12 February, the QUT Official Welcome party will be held at Gardens Point campus, with a line-up of great local musicians and performers from 4pm. Elsewhere, there's free pancake breakfasts, yoga sessions, meet and greets and networking afternoons at QUT during O Week.

Orientation lunches run across the week from Monday 12 February across Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove and the Creative Industries Precinct, where you can grab a bite for $2 and meet and sign up to the QUT student groups and clubs. Keep an eye out for the rock-climbing wall, "bike and blend" your own smoothies and enjoy free live music.

Highlight: Um, free pancake breakfasts! QUT Guild's Survivor - Uni edition will put you to the test. Also, local band The Steele Syndicate headlines the QUT Welcome Party

Check out all the QUT O Week events here

The University of Queensland (UQ)

UQ Great Court

Market Day is on at UQ’s St Lucia campus on Wednesday 14 February with hundreds of stalls, entertainment, giveaways and demonstrations. Club stalls will be on display in the Great Court and include everything from general, political, departmental, religious, sporting and international clubs.

New students are asked to attend a getting started session for practical information about enrolling, ID cards, campus accessibility and how to connect with other UQ students.

Find out more about UQ’s Market Day and see UQ's O Week events.

Highlight: The Great Court Party is being held for the first time in 25 years for you and 5000 of your closest mates, and Speed Friending is a great opportunity to make connections in an unfamiliar, new place!

Find out more here

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

ACU’s official orientation week will be held from 19-23 February. Get along to both and mingle with new classmates, take part in sessions specific to your studies, learn more about the student services available and take part in a campus tour.

Log into the Student Portal to start planning your Orientation.

Central Queensland University (CQU)

CQU run compulsory orientation for international students. Keep an eye on your emails and the university website for information on when you should attend.

Find out more here

University of Southern Queensland

On campus orientation starts 19 February at USQ across the Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield campuses. International orientation will be held at the Ipswich and Springfield campuses on 22 February and an information session for international students will be held at the Toowoomba campus on 21 February. 

Keep an eye on your emails and the university website for information on orientation events!

Find out more here.

Highlights: Phoenix carnival, pancake breakfasts (!), trivia & bubble soccer

Charles Sturt University

Keep an eye on your emails for information on activities and events you should attend!

Federation Uni

Keep an eye on your emails for information on activities and events you should attend!

JMC Academy

JMC Academy's O Week starts 5 February. Keep an eye on your emails for information on activities and events you should attend!

Torrens University

Keep an eye on your emails for information on activities and events you should attend!


O week

Albert Street O Week Party

Start the new year off right with Brisbane City's O Week celebrations on Albert Street. There's live music, freebies and a beach theme, so pack a picnic, don your floppy hat and sunnies and take part in a final fiesta before week one officially begins.

Royal Exchange Hotel (R.E) 

The annual O Week toga party returns to the R.E on Wednesday 14 February with DJs across the car park, beer garden and sports bar. Strip your bed and don your toga – there’s prizes for best dressed.

Other events

City Welcome Festival & Lord Mayor's International Student Friendship Ceremony

International students from all Brisbane education institutions are invited to attend the annual City Welcome Festival and Lord Mayor's International Student Friendship Ceremony in King George Square. It is a free student festival, where you will be able to experience traditional indigenous Australian culture with a performance by Aboriginal dancers, and connect with student services. There will be food trucks, live music and the chance to have your photo taken with Brisbane's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Register here

Study Brisbane Student Greets

Brisbane Greeters are offering Greets tailored to new students as they begin their degrees and life in Brisbane. Greeters, along with Brisbane’s International Student Ambassadors, will introduce you to some of the many hidden gems and an orientation to Brisbane life.

The Greets will begin outside Brisbane City Hall and finish in South Bank, providing an overview of Brisbane’s CBD. These Greets will be offered on the below sessions:

  • Friday 16 February 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sunday 18 February 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday 23 February 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 24 February 10:00am – 12:00pm 
  • Friday 2 March 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 3 March 10:00am – 12:00pm

More info and how to book here

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