Start of year FAQs

How do I find out key dates for the year?
Check out the La Trobe 2014 academic calendar, that includes key start of semester dates, exam periods, essential holiday periods and more!

How do I work out my uni timetable?
If you’re still struggling with your university timetable don’t worry, type in your subject codes or department of your course and write up your timetable and voilà. It’s easy as that.

Who is my subject coordinator?
You can find this out by going to the subject search website, ($.startup) and typing in the subject code. The subject coordinator and their email address will appear, at the bottom.

Where can I buy/sell my textbooks?
The secondhand bookshop is a great place to get cheap books, check out their opening hours here:

What books do I need for each subject?
You can use the subject search website mentioned above to see the books listed for each subject. It’s always a good idea to wait until your first lecture/tutorial to find out what books you will need as some books are listed but they are not required books.

You can also head to the Co-op Bookshop site at to see what books they are in stock, then buy them in store at your campus. Another handy resource is the La Trobe Book Sales group on Facebook. This is where you can see what books students are selling, and hopefully where you can grab some great deals!

How do I organise my parking permit?
Organising your parking depends on your campus, find out where to get your permits, and more information about fees here:

What clubs can I join?
There are heaps of clubs and societies looking for new members, you can sift through the list and contact them here:

How can I meet people?
The Eagle Bar is a fantastic place to meet new people, socialize and have a few drinks and a meal with mates. The bar also has some events coming up which you can check out:

What can I do if I’m struggling with a subject?
If you are having trouble understanding some of the content in a lecture or can’t seem to get your head around a homework task – don’t leave it till the last minute to worry about! Ask your tutor first, either in person or via email is always good. If you find you need more assistance then try asking your lecturer or subject coordinator. If they don’t help, and you’re still feeling unsure about something, you can get help from workshops, drop-in sessions and from the Peer Learning Advisers who are always happy to help. Take a look at the Student Learning link for more details:

All the buildings look the same. How do I find my next class?
We’ve all been helplessly lost before, and we all know how much it sucks walking around aimlessly, so to try avoiding this take a quick look at the campus map: If you’re still lost, the Lost On Campus App is also another good one to download.

Don’t hesitate to ask us questions, and drop us a line at to share your first year experience.

Have a happy first year guys!

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