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.

Market days

Griffith University

Griffith Uni O Week

The official Nathan O Week Market Day is on Tuesday 21 February and includes a giant street market, live performances, roving entertainment, product sampling and countless stalls.

There’s also a special international student welcome and orientation session on Friday 24 February at 10am and an international student market from noon where there will be a free lunch, entertainment and information about university and community services.  

Check out all the Griffith O Week events here

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

QUT’s O Week activities kick off at Gardens Point with the family, friends and partners picnic on Sunday 19 February.

Orientation lunches run across the week from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February, 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.

Also on Monday 20 February is the QUT Welcome Party at Gardens Point campus, with a line-up of great local musicians and performers from 4pm.

Highlight: Local brass band Bullhorn headlines the QUT Welcome Party on Monday 20. This is one performance not to be missed!

Check out all the QUT O Week social events here

The University of Queensland (UQ)

Market Day is on at UQ’s St Lucia campus on Wednesday 22 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 before 3 March 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

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

ACU’s official orientation week is across 20-24 February but its international orientation is 13-17 February. Get along to both and mingle with new classmates and domestic students.

Check out the full orientation schedule here

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

University of the Sunshine Coast

The USC South Bank campus orientation is on Monday 20 February but the majority of the USC O Week events will be happening at its Sippy Downs campus. Check out the international orientation on Monday 20 February, market day on Tuesday 21 February, workshops on Wednesday 22 February and student guild festival on Thursday 23 February.

Find out more here

Central Queensland University (CQU)

CQU’s orientation days for international students are being held on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March at its city campus on Ann St. The day you’re expected to attend depends on the course in which you’re enrolled.

Find out more here


Royal Exchange Hotel (R.E) – The annual O Week toga party returns to the R.E on Wednesday 22 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.

The Stock Exchange Hotel (Stockies) – Sundays at Stockies is a fave of Brisbane students so it makes sense the O Week wrap up is bigger than Ben Hur. Head up to the rooftop garden on Sunday 26 February for live DJs and killer specials from 1pm.

Other events

City Welcome Festival

City Welcome Festival

The city’s official international orientation takes place at the City Botanic Gardens on Saturday 4 March. The day kicks off with the first Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremony for 2017 at 2pm where students can meet the Lord Mayor and receive their friendship certificate. Live music, a student exhibition, prizes and activities (like Aussie sports) follow and the afternoon wraps up around 6pm.

Register here

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