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How to make the most of your Residential College experience

By Laurie 14 Apr 2019
2 McGregor College students walking across campus lawn.

There are many awesome things that make living on-campus in a Residential College the best way to experience university life.

Personally, I love the freedom of being able to have your own routine and make your own plans for the things you want/need to do. But there is also always someone you can ask for assistance, help with your study or any personal trouble you might be having.

I can honestly say there isn’t anything I don’t like about Res College. It is what you make it though, so if you decide to make it fun and productive, then that is what it will be. Living on-campus gives you the freedom to make choices about your uni lifestyle to make sure that it works for you. In saying that though, I do have some tips to pass on to new college students!

1. Plan your time

  • Have a routine for getting the things you need to get done, done. Sometimes I find I get really distracted by the things I want to do rather than the things I have to do.
  • Schedule tasks like finishing assignments, writing study notes, paying residential fees, vacuuming and tidying up so you can enjoy your down-time guilt-free.

2. Make the most of your space

  • Use the wall space in your bedroom to visualise your schedule and due dates. I have my USQ wall planner in a central spot on my wall so I see it every day. Stick on wall hooks are great for storing hats, bags, keys or whatever else you might need to hang up.

3. Be prepared

  • Buy a small clothes airer so that when it rains or it’s really windy, you can dry your clothes inside.
  • Power boards are a must (but not double adapters according to Res College guidelines) so you can charge every device you might need at once.
  • If you’re not a fan of the taste of town water, purchase a water filter.

4. Plan meals

  • Pick up a couple of pieces of fruit each time you are in the dining room so you have something healthy to snack on in your room or if you get extra hungry throughout the day.
  • Saving a Tupperware container of dinner from the night before is a good idea if you’re planning to sleep in and miss breakfast that day.
  • Plan meals ahead of time to save you time, hassle and money

5.Get involved with Res College events

  • Living on-campus means you have the opportunity to participate in many different fun social activities organised by Res College staff. From semi-formals and formals to Paint Olympics, Car Rally and Hero Days, there's an opportunity for every resident to get involved in College life and make some amazing friends while they're at it!

They may seem simple, but these are my tried and tested tips for making your life in Res College that little bit easier. If you’re new to Res College life and aren’t sure what to pack, check out this great guide for what to bring to College.


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