Moving into Residence - FAQ

What is O Week?
O Week (Orientation Week) is an opportunity for new members of Ormond to become familiar with the College and Melbourne.  Our O week is very different from most other Colleges or what you may have seen in the media. At O Week you will get know your fellow students and to find out more about collegiate and university life. O Week is an important start to your Ormond experience. We offer social and academic programs which focus on helping students get to know Ormond as a values based community.

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Who runs O Week?
A group of students who are selected for their leadership skills organise and host O Week on behalf of the College.

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When do new students arrive?
Semester 1 O-week starts on 18 February and runs until 24 February. There is an overseas student’s day on 17 February for students who have not lived in Australia before. This move in date does not include Study Abroad and Exchange students (SAEX) who move in after the Melbourne Welcome program.

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What happens on overseas day?
During this day, we will assist you for life in Melbourne with such things as getting a mobile phone, opening a bank account, obtaining a Myki card so you can use public transport and directing you to the nearest shops so you may purchase your living essentials.

Do you have any further support for overseas students?
We have a staff member (also originally from overseas) who works as the International Student liaison. Additionally, the Tutorial Team can assist with English Second Language (ESL) consults.

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What if I can’t get there till the next day?
This is not ideal because you will miss out on important parts of the introductory programs. We strongly urge you to arrive on this day.

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Can I see my room before I move in?
No, not the actual room but you can see photos of student’s rooms on our website. http://www.ormond.unimelb.edu.au/gallery/undergraduate-accommodation

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Do my parents come with me on the first day?
Yes, friends, family, next door neighbours – all are welcome. Starting at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 February there will be lunch and a welcome from the Master. Families and friends are welcome to stay until 1 pm to get to know some of the other new students and the O-Week student leaders.

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What will my room have in it?
Your college room will be furnished with: a single bed, pillow, mattress, mattress protector, mirror, towel rail, desk, desk-chair, wardrobe, bookshelf, pin-up board, clothes rack for drying, carpet and curtains.  All rooms are heated during winter.

All students receive an academic gown on the first day.

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What do I need to bring?
Aside from clothes and university requirements you will need to bring with you:

  • your computer
  • towels and toiletries                
  • coat hangers
  • bed linen (most fresher rooms have a single bed) and bedding (doona and pillow). If coming from overseas, you can buy these locally or have delivered from department stores, such as Spotlight or Target.
  • an alarm clock
  • a lamp
  • Power boards and extension cords. Follow this link if coming from overseas

A list of additional general items (such as clothing for costumes) will be emailed to you prior to O week.

Feel free to bring whatever personal touches you require to make your room into your home but remember an easy mistake to make is to bring too much!

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Do additional charges apply for laundry?
Yes, $1 for washing and $3 for drying. Machines are provided on each floor.

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Do the rooms have internet?
Yes, all rooms have wireless internet. Internet is charged at $130 for unlimited use per semester. Printing is charged at 6c per black & white A4 and 40c per colour A4.

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Is there a phone in my room?
No, but you can organise to have a land line in your room for approximately $65 per semester. You can organise this with us once you are here.

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What should I NOT bring?
Candles and incense burners – due to fire regulations these are not permitted and will be treated as contraband.

A Television – there is no antennae in student rooms. We have several TV rooms and you can always stream through your laptop.  

Equipment such as vacuum cleaners and irons are unnecessary as they are available for loan from Reception. 

A fridge - In keeping with reducing our carbon foot print, the College strongly encourages Residents not to bring fridges and other large appliances for their rooms. A surcharge of $50 for fridges will apply.

Heaters and cooking appliances such as microwaves are not permitted in student rooms.

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Are there formal dinners?
Yes, two per week. You are required to wear your academic gown which is provided by the College.

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What about formal occasions?
Yes there are several throughout the year and you will need to bring one set of formal attire. For men, this could be a business suit and tie; for women, this is appropriate evening wear.

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What is student service?
As a part of a commitment to keep our fees as low as possible and being a service oriented community, all residents are required to help in the kitchen for two hours per fortnight.

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Can I have a car at Ormond?
First year student cannot request car parks.

Car parking is very limited as there is excellent public transport; cycle paths and a short car hire service very closely located to the College.  Parking is allocated on a need basis. You will need to fill out a survey as well as an application form. Car parking is decided by the Vice Master, The Chair of the General Committee and Head of Seniority.

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What address do I use if I want a package to be sent prior to my arrival?
Ormond College, 49 College Crescent, Parkville 3052. Please label each box with your name and write NEW STUDENT. We will hold it until you arrive. Please send as close to arrival as possible. Please understand all parcels are sent at your own risk.

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What are the move-in move-out dates?
ALL students are required to leave residence outside of semesters. Dates of residence are available on our website's Key Dates page. 
We do have some trunk rooms available for storage at these times for overseas and interstate students but it is limited.

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Do students automatically get to return each year?
Students are expected to maintain a 65 GPA, remain up to date with their financial obligations and be in good standing with the College. If they have fulfilled these requirements they are able to return.

Student contracts are only for one year so each year they must re-sign an Acceptance of Offer before they return. New students pay a non-refundable enrolment fee and returning students pay a re-enrolment fee which is credited back to their first account.

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Other information about Ormond you might like to know

  • The Academic Centre (library) and Reception are open 24 hours a day.
  • All staff at front desk are trained in first aid in case of an emergency.
  • All residents have access to our fully equipped gym, open 24 hours
  • We have a fully qualified psychologist on staff that is available to all students to have confidential discussions with if required.
  • All meals have a vegetarian and gluten free option.
  • All students must be part of the Ormond College Students Club and a $353 (approx.) fee per year is charged on the first account.

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Security and Insurance
Please be aware that the College’s insurance policies do not cover privately owned items. You should arrange insurance cover for any valuable items (particularly notebook computers), either by adding them to existing household policies or by obtaining separate cover. 

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