Navigating your way through uni can be a daunting experience... there's so much to know and learn from the beginning!

Take the first step with Start Strong & Belong. This is your opportunity to get a tailored start at UOW.

Guided by Senior UOW students with years of experience, you will gain the key information and tips to launch your UOW experience.

There's no better place or person to learn from than those who have been in your shoes, where you are today.


*This program is a bespoke opportunity specifically for students that identify as First in Family, Mature Age, or hold a Humanitarian Visa. See below for further details on the criteria for these groups in Start Strong & Belong.

Get ready to Start Strong & Belong


Throughout Week 1, 3, 6 and 10 of Autumn session we've scheduled a range of sessions (in-person & online) for you to join.

Each peer-led session is delivered by one of our champion Ambassadors who have succeeded in a similar journey, and focuses on your experience and is tailored to your needs, with building connections and networks at the centre.

We've got you covered with:

  • Insider tips
  • Peer based guidance (academic and outside of your studies)
  • A personalised approach to starting your UOW journey
  • Plus everything in between.


Your space to connect with students on the same journey

We want you to know that UOW is here to support you to ensure a seamless transition into university life.

Click the relevant section below to find out more and register to start your Start Strong & Belong experience at UOW.

Do you identify as one or more of the groups below? There's no need to attend both, feel free to join the group that best aligns with your experience.

First in Family

Humanitarian Visa

*This program is a bespoke opportunity specifically for students that identify as:

  • First in Family (commencing UOW domestic undergraduate students whose parents or siblings have not already been to University)
  • Mature Age (new UOW domestic undergraduate students who are aged 21 years or older when they commence at University)
  • Holding a Humanitarian Visa (new UOW domestic undergraduate students who currently hold a Humanitarian Visa)

Don't identify as one of the groups listed?

As a UOW student, there is still a range of support and opportunities available to you! To make the most of your time at UOW, drop in and say ‘hi’ to the Student Ambassadors in our new Students’ Hub. They are available to chat Monday to Friday 9am-4pm starting in O-Week – this is your space to ask questions and connect with other students.

Have you got a question? Contact our team by emailing: