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City Survival Guide

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									  Country Students Club

City Survival
   Guide




                      Third Edition – 2010
                                 Thanks
    The idea of this booklet was conceived by the Country Students Club
Committee in April 2007. We spent many months compiling content and editing
the draft in our spare time. Obtaining funding for publishing was made possible
 with the support of the START – the Student Transition and Retention Team
            based in Building 102 and a grant from the Student Guild.
                         First Edition compiled by:
                    Samudra Sarubin (Broome) - President
                   Chris Collins (Busselton) - Vice President
                       Kate Lee (Karratha) - Secretary
                   Karrissa Cotterell (Karratha) - Treasurer
                             Other contributors:
            Helen Hesselberg – START - Retention Equity Officer
                      Len Bailey – Guild President 2007
           Collette Swindells – Guild Education Vice-President 2007
                  Robert Moore – PC Champs Team Leader

        For comments on this booklet or to contribute something
              to next year’s survival guide, please email us at
                countrystudentsclub@yahoo.com.au.
                                   COUNTRY STUDENT CLUB
                                      CITY SURVIVAL GUIDE
                            Curtin University of Technology – Bentley Campus

                                                                                      INDEX

So You’re Going to Uni Huh? ......................... 2                                        Cycling ...............................................................................13
About Us – Country Students Club ............................. 2                               Parking on Campus ........................................................13

Where Will I Live? .............................................. 3                            Study Tips..............................................................14
Living On-Campus ............................................................ 3                Actually Study! .................................................................14
Living Off-Campus ............................................................ 3               The Library .......................................................................14
A quick guide to Off-Campas accommodation ........ 4                                           Lectures .............................................................................14
A. Rooms ............................................................................. 4       Tutorials .............................................................................14
B. Homestay ....................................................................... 4          Mentor Program..............................................................14
C.Whole Property Rental Accommodation ................ 4                                       Study Groups ...................................................................14
                                                                                               Using computers – PC Champs Program ................15
What to Pack ........................................................ 6                        Are You Smart Enough For Uni?..................................15
Bedding and Clothing ...................................................... 6
Stationery............................................................................ 6       Campus Facilities ..............................................16
Toiletries .............................................................................. 7    Student Support Services on Bentley Campus .......16
Computer ............................................................................ 7        Missing Home?................................................................16
REBOOT .............................................................................. 7        What is the Student Guild? .........................................17
Kitchen – A starter kit ..................................................... 7
Miscellaneous items ......................................................... 8                Getting Involved! ...............................................18

Shopping .................................................................. 9                  Keeping Safe ........................................................19
Shopping Hours ................................................................ 9              Getting Out in Perth ......................................................19
Places to shop near Curtin............................................. 9                      Clubs and Pubs................................................................19
                                                                                               Eating Out Student Style ..............................................20
I’ve Just Arrived in Perth –                                                                   Fun things to do if you are bored ...............................20
Now what? ............................................................10
StartUp Week ..................................................................10
Centrelink .........................................................................11
Text Books ........................................................................11
Scholarships .....................................................................11
Class Timetable ...............................................................11

Transport ..............................................................12
Using Public Transport in Perth ...................................12
Trains..................................................................................12
Bus ......................................................................................12
Smart Rider ......................................................................12
Taxis ...................................................................................12
Finding your Bearings ....................................................13
Driving ...............................................................................13
So you’re going to Uni huh?
Congratulations and welcome to Curtin! The next few years will pave the
way for your future.Your degree will have a profound impact on your lifestyle,
career and income for the rest of your life. Spending three or four years to get
a degree is not a long time in the bigger scheme of things!
University can be the best time in your life - fun times that will make for
unforgettable memories and special friendships.
We, the Country Students Club, have created this City Survival Guide, to
help you make the move to the Bentley campus and settle into study without too many hassles. Hopefully
this guide will answer any questions you might have about moving to the city and give you some useful
advice and tips!
The information is based on our experiences as first year students… going back a few years now! We try
to verify facts and figures where we can. However, we can’t guarantee accuracy, so please do read this as
informal advice, written by country students for country students!
Once you have enrolled, ensure that you have received and read your Curtin A-Z Guide. This is the official
university information booklet for all new students, covering every aspects of your university life!
The Student Guild publishes a ‘Survival Guide’, which we recommend you get hold of. It contains great
study tips and information about the Guild services. See: http//guild.curtin.edu.au/go/publications/
survival-guide
This booklet – The Country Student Club ‘City Survival Guide’, is written specifically for you, the
country students.
If you have any suggestions or questions, please get in touch by emailing us at countrystudentsclub@
yahoo.com.au. Enjoy the read!

About us – the Curtin ‘Country Students Club’ (http://www.guild.curtin.edu.au/
go/clubs/club-contacts/social-clubs)
There are dozens of student clubs and societies on campus, but only one has a focus on country students.
The Country Students Club provides a social and support network for country students moving to the
Curtin Bentley Campus. We welcome new students to Curtin and offer to help them settle into Perth and
uni life with the minimum of hassles.
We are on hand to provide advice and mentoring to new members if they request it. However, our primary
goal as a club, is to have fun and form social networks with fellow country students. We do this by organising
regular events in a casual atmosphere.
Whether you have just left high school or took some time off to work, starting uni is a whole new
challenging experience. There are great times and frustrating occasions. Time to cruise along and stressful
times juggling assignments, exam studies and part time work. Whatever your experience, it always helps to
hang out with a bunch of people who you can relate to!
Most members of the Country Students Club are from the south west region (since most of WA’s country
population resides there). Despite that, more remote areas are represented by of our committee members
being from the Kimberley and Pilbara. Membership for the year costs $5 or is free with a Guild Clubs
voucher if you join the Student Guild. If you are interested in joining, or curious to meet our committee
                members, then come to our stall at Guild O-Day during Orientation.
                Alternatively you can email us at: countrystudentsclub@yahoo.com.au
                We hope you enjoy reading our guide and wish you all the best for your studies at Curtin.



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Where will I live?
There are various AFFORDABLE accommodation
options available to students!
Living On-Campus
The first option is to live in on-campus student housing.
This is brilliant for new-to-Perth students who don’t
know their way around and want to meet other new
students.You will get to know fellow country students
and meet international students from all over the world.
Most members of the Country Students Club have
lived ‘on campus’ at some point and we all have made
awesome friendships as a result.
Country and interstate Australian students receive high priority
for on- campus places!
Curtin University provides around 1200 beds on campus. There are four Student Housing villages to choose
from, ranging in price, number of bathrooms, age, design and other features. (See the individual residences
for detail http://housing.curtin.edu.au)
Most on-campus accommodation is a single room, in a six or eight bedroom self contained apartment. Living
on campus is very affordable.You pay your weekly rent, which includes your power, water and gas costs! All
rooms are furnished with a study desk and chair and most rooms have internet access. For peace of mind,
you know that Campus Security Services are only a phone call away, with regular patrols of the area.
The Housing Villages provide plenty of social support for students - organising loads of social events and
inter-house competitions. Recreational facilities include pool tables, fuse ball, table tennis and TV’s. Some
housing even have entertainment systems and Foxtel! There is always something happening in the common
room, so it’s a great place to meet new people, have a drink, or just chill out from all that study!
Student Housing villages are located close to the local shopping complex, various eateries (Chinese
take-away, KFC, Chicken Treat, Subway, Nando’s Chicken, Indian take-away to name a few) which is very
convenient! In addition, you are close to the Waterford Tavern, which goes off on a Wednesday night, offering
cheap drinks and karaoke! What more could a Uni student want?
Living on-campus means that you are literally on campus! You can sleep in a little longer before classes.
There is no driving in traffic or searching for parking! You can go home during long breaks between lectures
for some lunch, study or a nap! Living on campus is great way to meet the people, who in the future, you
may wish to move out with into a rent share arrangement off campus.
How do I apply?
Log onto the Curtin Housing Website: http://housing.curtin.edu.au/OnCampus/How/ApplyNow.
html. It’s best to do this as soon as possible as its ‘first in, best dressed’. Priority is given to those who have
not lived in Perth before.

Living Off-Campus
The best place to find all the available accommodation is through the Housing Advisory Service located
in Building 103, next to the International Office. They help students looking for accommodation. They have
a collection of properties near the Curtin Bentley campus so you can flick through all the
available room or rental options. Staff may also be able to arrange to take you to view the
properties if you don’t have a car and have not lived in Perth before! The Housing Service
offers useful advice about tenancy law and information about public transport.



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A Quick Guide to Off-Campus Accommodation
There has been an economic boom in Perth over the past several years, and finding off campus
accommodation has been more difficult and expensive for Curtin staff and students. This is a quick guide to
prices, availability and conditions.
Private off campus accommodation will include:
           • Rooms (also called share accommodation)
           • Homestay (also called Full Board)
           • Whole Property Rental Accommodation (Units, flats, apartments, houses, etc.)
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
         • Off campus accommodation is privately owned and is NOT controlled, by the University.
           Conditions, convenience and quality will vary.
         • The earlier you arrive in the weeks before semester starts to search for off-campus
           accommodation the greater range of options available to you.
         • DO NOT sign contracts from afar. (See it in person to make sure it is what you want.)
         • DO NOT sign contracts for friends. (YOU will be legally liable for the contract if there is a
           problem.)
         • DO NOT sign a contract without seeing the property. It may be different from the photo or
           description and there are scams out there!
         • Contract length and other conditions may be open to negotiation.
         • Expenses such as water, electricity and gas will sometimes be included, sometimes not.
         • A Bond, usually equal to 4 weeks of rent, will usually be required to be paid up-front. Rent will
           also be paid in advance, usually 2 weeks ahead, but longer advance periods are also common.
A. ROOMS - also called share accommodation
Very often this type of accommodation is with students who already rent accommodation and have a spare
room. Other room accommodation might be with a family, or with others who live near the university. Single
room rental is fortunately still in reasonable supply near the university. Generally you will be doing your own
cooking and cleaning.
The average price is $140 per week, but rooms with their own bathroom, air conditioning or other
desirable features will start from $160 per week. Sometimes bargains can be found lower than this price, but
you cannot rely on it. This type of accommodation is often within walking distance of the university.
Things to note:
         • Rooms will generally be for 1 person per room.
         • Off campus rooms are not owned or controlled by the University. Conditions, convenience and
           quality will vary.
         • If you want to search for a room cheaper than $140 per week you will need to arrive early
           – weeks before semester starts.
B. HOMESTAY, also called full board
Homestay accommodation often means living with a family. Usually it means that meals and other expenses
will be included. Budget for at least $220 per week for this type of accommodation. Conditions, as well as
what is provided will vary with different ‘Homestay’ providers.
C. WHOLE PROPERTY RENTAL ACCOMMODATION
               Rental accommodation is where you take a vacant house, or apartment. Prices for rental
               accommodation have been rising rapidly in Perth.
               • For a furnished 1 bedroom apartment, budget for at least $250 per week for basic
                 accommodation.
               • For a furnished 2 bedroom apartment budget for at least $300 per week for basic
                 accommodation.

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        • For a furnished 3 bedroom house, apartment or Villa, budget for at least $350 per week for basic
          accommodation.
Things to note:
        • Very few bargains can be found in the rental market. If you are looking for rental
          accommodation cheaper than the prices above, you will need to arrive at least a month
          before orientation, that is mid January for first semester, and Mid June for second
          semester. If you require other features such as air-conditioning you will need a higher
          budget. You may be able to get slightly cheaper rental accommodation if you are
          prepared to take an unfurnished place and buy or rent your own furniture.
        • Contract length and other conditions are less open to negotiation than room rental.
        • Generally contracts will be for 6 or 12 months.
        • Expenses such as water, electricity and gas will usually NOT be included.
        • Important: Landlords will set a maximum number of people who can live at a property.
          Usually a maximum of 2 adults will be able to live in a one bedroom apartment. Usually a
          maximum of 2 adults will be allowed to live in a 2 bedroom apartment or perhaps a couple and
          2 children at the most. Usually a maximum of 5 people will be permitted to stay in a 3 bedroom
          house or apartment.
        • 1 or 2 bedroom apartments will not be walking distance to the university. They will be at least a
          15 minute bus ride, or 10 minute drive from the Bentley campus.
        • Rental contracts LESS than 6 months in length can be even more difficult to find.
        •	If	you	have	rental	references,	bring	them	with	you.	If	you	have	no	rental	references,	
        	 a	personal	reference,	or	a	reference	from	an	employer	may	also	help.	
CURTIN’S HOUSING ADVISORY SERVICE
If you require further information or assistance please contact the Housing Advisory Service at:
(08) 9266 4430 - Building 103. Website: http://housing.curtin.edu.au




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What to pack?
You can save a fair bit of money and time by bringing some items from home. This is a basic guide. There are
too many items to fit into one suitcase but here are some ideas to get you started…
Bedding and Clothing
You decide on your own clothing. Unlike
high school, where it’s important to look
cool, nobody cares what you wear at uni.
Wear whatever you like, within reason…..
shoes preferred! If you aren’t used to
winter in Perth, be warned as it can
get pretty chilly, so pack in some warm
clothing. As most people start uni in
summer, you can assess what you need as
winter creeps in, but it’s advisable to bring
a Driza-Bone or raincoat if you have one.
Alternatively, buy a cheap umbrella when
the rain begins.
Beds at student housing are single size.
No linen is supplied, so bring or buy two sets of sheets, pillow cases and blankets. A sleeping bag is handy
for the odd ‘really cold night’ or if you stay over at someone else’s place. Add a couple of towels – bath and
beach.

Stationery
You can buy stationery on campus at ‘The Spot’ or the Curtin Bookshop. Off-campus you will find supplies
at supermarkets, news agents or Officeworks in Victoria Park (drive or take the 99 Bus from the campus bus
port).
Getting started:
         • Buy four A4 two-ring binders, in different colours - one for each unit of study. Write the unit
           name on blank stickers on the spine.
         • Lever arch files are too large; you want the type that will take about 40mm of A4 paper. (D-ring is
           better than O-ring type, as they hold 25% more paper)
         	 Filing	Tip:	Divide	files	into	sections	(with	dividers,	duh!)	for	each	of	the	12	weeks	of	uni.	Number	them		
         	 week	1	to	12	and	your	lecture	notes,	assignments	and	handouts	go	into	their	own	weekly	section.	At	the		
         	 end	of	semester,	pull	out	all	the	paper,	clip	it	all	together	(it	should	still	all	be	in	week	order)	and	pop	it	in		
         	 an	archive	box	for	future	reference.	Then	you	have	four	empty	files	for	next	semester!	
         • You’ll need a punch and stapler. Spend a little extra on decent quality item that will punch more
           than 10 sheets at a time.
         • Add an A4 lecture pad for each unit for taking notes, bonus points to you if it has holes to clip
           into the file.
           Saving	Tip:	Your	files	might	get	very	full,	so	to	save	space	print	off	your	lecture	slides	4	or	6	to	a	page,	on		
           both sides of the paper.
         • Of course you’ll need the basics like pens, pencils, highlighters eraser and a sturdy pencil case.
           Saving Tip: Don’t buy too much or too fancy.You can score heaps of free pens and rulers during O- Week
           on Guild O-Day.
                    • Don’t buy any elaborate drawing equipment for design-based units (e.g. drafting
                       equipment) until you are told by your lecturer exactly what you do and don’t need.
                    • Buy a diary or get one free if you join the Student Guild.




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Toiletries
Consider what you use in the bathroom throughout the week. Soap and toothpaste are easy to remember
but don’t miss what you’d use occasionally like tweezers or plasters and antiseptic.
Don’t forget the chargers for electric toothbrush, shaver and for your mobile phone and camera!
Computer
Do you really need to have your own computer at home?
Having your own computer would be a great advantage. So
bring it with you if you have one for the convenience and easy
access to the internet. However, don’t stress if a computer is
too expensive to obtain straight away – you can certainly get
by without one. There are heaps of computers you can access
around the clock on campus, in the Abacus Labs, the Library or
within each School.
A pen and paper are much better for taking notes in lectures,
not to mention cheaper and easier to carry. Very few students
feel the need to carry a laptop to uni every day. As you get
further into your degree you can make the decision whether you really need your own laptop computer or
not.
Either way, you will need a thumb drive or USB stick. A small 4 GB unit is inexpensive and sufficient (unless
you like collecting movies and music).
REBOOT
Curtin Student Guild’s REBOOT program is an initiative established to assist financially disadvantaged
Curtin students with a seconf hand computer of their own for University related use. Application forms are
available from Guild Reception (Building 106F) or downloadable form from http://guild.curtin.edu.au/go/
student-assist/reboot
The Kitchen – A starter kit
Most items are available cheaply at a supermarket. It is worth spending a little extra on a good quality
kitchen knife and nonstick frying pan. Check out specials at Myers, Target or any kitchenware shop. A good
chef’s knife will handle over 90% of all food cutting tasks. If you’ll be filleting fish or carving roast get a 15cm
filleting knife too. Keep knives sharp – blunt knives are annoying and unsafe to use!
         Plates                                              Chef’s knife, 20cm rigid blade
         Bowls                                               Frying pan, non-stick, 28-30cm, lid optional
         Forks                                               Saucepan, 17-20cm, with lid
         Spoons                                              Salad bowl (optional but handy)
         Knives (steak knife is the most useful)             Baking tray and ovenproof baking dish.
         Teaspoons                                           Can opener
         Wood or plastic spatula                             Coffee Mugs
         Tongs                                               Ladle
         Drinking glasses                                    Wooden spoon
         Measuring cups                                      Metal strainer/colander (can also use for steaming)
         Dish washing up liquid                              Alfoil
         Cheese/veggie grater                                Potato peeler
         Freezer bags                                        A few plastic storage tubs with lids
         Glad wrap                                           2 tea towels
         Sponge                                              Medium or large chopping board
         Chux cloth                                          BBQ tongs & scraper (metal) if you
         Felt pen to mark your food                          like barbies



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Miscellaneous items
Photos: Initially you will miss home, your mates and your dog. Bring a photo frame or pack in some Blu-
tack to stick some photos of familiar face up on the wall.
ID: You will need more than a Driver’s License when you open a bank account. Check with the institution
what ID is required. Having your Passport, a Proof of Age Card, your Student ID card (you’ll get one when
you enroll) and Driver’s License should be sufficient.
Personal Records: Want to apply for a Scholarship? Or funding from Centrelink? Authorities will want to
see all your personal documents, such as your school or academic records, record of work history, proof of
Australian citizenship.
If you intend to apply for part time employment, bring copies of your CV, references and certificates. NB:	
Photocopies	are	not	acceptable,	unless	they	have	been	certified by a Justice of the Peace.
Tools: A large Swiss Army knife or Leatherman type tool is sufficient for most students. Include Allen keys if
you have a bicycle.
Bits & pieces: Laundry powder, clothes pegs, a laundry basket and a bag of $1 coins for the Laundromat
washing machines and tumble dryers. A torch and spares batteries.




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Shopping
                  Shopping Hours:
                  General (Suburban	shops	ONLY)
                  Monday to Friday                     8.00am / 9.00am to 6.00pm
                  Thursday (Late Night Shopping)       8.00am / 9.00am to 9.00pm
                  City Centre
                  Monday to Thursday                   8.00am / 9.00am to 6.00pm
                  Friday                               9.00am – 9.00pm
                  Saturday                             8.00am – 5.30pm
                  Sunday                               12.00pm – 6.00pm
                  Fremantle
                  Sunday                               10.00pm – 4.00pm

Places to Shop near Curtin
Waterford Plaza
Corner	Manning	Road	and	Kent	Street,	Karawara.	
On older maps will be called the Village Green Shopping Centre. In
2006 it was refurbished, expanded and renamed. There is a medium
sized Coles, Post Office, a few specialty shops and food outlets.
Waterford Plaza is very close to all of the student housing residences.
Most on-campus students do their shopping here.
Westfield	Carousel	Shopping	Centre
1382	Albany	Highway,	Cannington
The Carousel is one of the largest shopping centre in Western
Australia. Pretty much anything you’ll find in a large mall is here,
including a large Coles, Woolworths and Myers department store.. It’s
a five minute drive from uni, or Bus No. 34 runs there every half hour
from the Curtin bus station. (Vickery House is it is right next to the
bus station!)
Garden City Shopping Centre
Risely	Street,	Booragoon
A smaller upmarket version of the Carousel with a wide range of stores! Handy if you live west of the
Canning River.
Perth City Centre
The main shopping attractions in the CBD are the two large department stores, David Jones and Myer, as
well as countless arcades with a variety of specialist shops. Only a ten minute drive from uni (in light traffic).
Parking can be a challenge. Investigate the parking garages and one way streets before you leave home and
be prepared to pay by the hour for city parking. Circling around the city, lost and looking for an empty bay is
no fun!
Several bus routes run from Curtin to the city. They all terminate at the City Busport (the Esplanade
Busport), which is a few minutes walk south of the CBD, near the convention centre and the foreshore.
The Park Centre
Corner	Albany	Highway	and	Basinghall	Street,	Victoria	Park
A medium sized shopping centre, only a few minutes drive from Curtin along Kent Street.
If you live around East Victoria Park, this is well located for you.
Albany Highway in East Victoria Park is a busy area, lined with shops, cafes, pubs and
restaurants.


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I’ve just arrived in Perth. Now what?
StartUp Week
www.oweekcurtin.edu.au
You are required to and should attend StartUp Week. There is nothing worse than getting lost, not knowing
anyone and feeling like an idiot on your first day. Orientation is the opportunity to meet other new students,
find your way around the campus and library, find out about your Faculty and School, work out where
your classes are located (handy!) and get over all your nerves and worries before the first teaching week
commences.
Every Faculty and School has their own ‘Welcome’ and Orientation timetable. These are held on different
days during StartUp Week. Find out when yours will be! Go to the StartUp Week website to see what the
Faculty of Humanities, Science and Engineering, Health Sciences or the Curtin Business School has planned
for you.
The Guild O-Day, for all students, is held on the Wednesday of StartUpWeek. There are heaps of displays,
activities and free ‘give-aways’.You can find out about the student clubs on campus. We hear the COUNTRY
STUDENTS CLUB is a pretty awesome club to join! Look out for us!! Joining is cheap as chips or is free
with a Guild Clubs voucher if you join the Student Guild. Your chance to make instant friends on
campus!
NB:There are some important things that every
student must attend to once you have enrolled:
        • You cannot survive without your Curtin
          Student ID Card. You can get your Student
          ID Card at Student Central in Building 101,
          or some Faculty Student Services. Try to get
          to Student Central early as it is usually very
          busy at the start of the semester! You will use
          your Student Card to access the Library,
          Abacus Labs and for easy ID. Don’t lose it –
          replacements cost $15!
        • Take a guided Campus Tour.You will be
          shown the important place like the Library,
          the bus station, the Faculty Student Services,
          START the Guild Tav, Building 599 and George’s
          Kebabs.
        • A Library tour is a must! You will be
          shown how to access the system, how to loan
          books and resources and be informed about
          all additional facilities and services that the
          Library offers.
        • Go to the Abacus Computer Labs. There
          are 3 on campus, located in Buildings 303, 408
          and 501. Students can activate and access their OASIS account for the first time and change the
          password. If you know how to use a computer this will take only a few minutes, however if you
          don’t, take this opportunity for free computer advice from the Abacus Lab staff. They are there to
          help!
                • Most importantly HAVE FUN!! Your first StartUp Week will be a new, different and
                   exciting experience. Make new friends, get comfortable with your campus surroundings
                   and make sure you find time to relax at the Tav.




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Centrelink
If you have had a year off and have worked to become independent, you may be eligible for the independent
rate of Youth Allowance and Rent Assistance. If so, you will be assessed on your circumstances, rather
than your family’s ability to support you.You would have had to have earned about $18,850 in previous 18
months to qualify for this (NB: New legislation will come into effect from 1 January 2010 – check
for updates).
Centrelink provides approximately $371 per fortnight. This allows for a Health Care card, which can save
you money on medical services and prescription medicine. In addition you are allowed to earn up to $236
per fortnight of your own income, before Centrelink will start to dock your allowance.
NB:This info is only a rough guide. Each	individual	should	go	to	a	Centrelink	office	to	find	out	if	you	qualify	for	
help	and	how	to	go	about	applying.	
There is a Centrelink office on campus, located in the Guild Precinct- Bldg 106.
Call 13 24 90 or go to www.centrelink.gov.au
NEVER try and pull one over Centrelink! If you get caught you have to pay back the money and you may
also get a criminal record - not good when applying for jobs in the future.

Text Books
Don’t rush out and buy your books straight away. Within the first week your tutor will tell you if it’s really
necessary or not. If you know someone who did a particular unit last year, ask for their opinion on the
importance of buying the textbook.
        • The Curtin Bookshop is conveniently located on campus in Bldg 200.
          http://www.bookshop.curtin.edu.au/
        • You will be able to access your book list therough your OASIS login.You can then order your
          books online for collection at the Curtin Bookshop.
        • If you are really quick you can loan the book from the Curtin Library for FREE!
        • Search through the Curtin Secondhand Book Shop for cheaper books, but ensure that they are
          the edition specified on your book list. The Secondhand Bookshop is easy to find in the Guild
          precinct – it is next to the TAV!

Scholarships
The Scholarships Office has a wide range of Scholarships available to all students, amd some specifically for
students from rural and remote regions. Go to: http://scholarships.curtin.curtin.edu.au/. Check out
what is available to ease the financial burden of being a student!

Class Timetable
After you have enrolled, you must register on OASIS (Online Access to Student Information Service).
Once you have activated your OASIS account, go to E-Student and register for your classes in order to
create your personal timetable.
If you have a flexible timetable, USE IT to your advantage! It’s a great way to ensure long weekends or a mid-
week study day. Some courses have more than one lecture and/or tutorial for each unit during the week. So
choose one that best fits your schedule. Try not to have long breaks between classes. If this is unavoidable,
there is a student lounge in the Library where you can relax, use the internet or read the newspapers. In
addition, there are plenty cafes on campus to grab a snack or a coffee.




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Transport
Using Public Transport
Transperth has a comprehensive network of buses and trains that travel all
across Perth. If you don’t have a car, it’s cheap as chips to get anywhere you
want.
Go to www.transperth.wa.gov.au to plan your route by using the ‘Journey
Planner’ or call their friendly service staff to ask for advice.
Get a copy of your local Bus and Train timetables. They are usually available at
Student Central.
If you are planning a ‘night out on the town’ – DO NOT ‘Drink and Drive’.
Using public transport is the cheapest and safest way to make your way home.
Train
The ARMADALE LINE (between Armadale and the city) is a one zone journey
from Oats Street Train Station to the city. Oats Street Station is only 3km from Curtin University.You can
travel to Oats Street on the 98 Bus, then take the train to the city centre. On the return journey to uni, take
the 99 Bus from Oats Street to Curtin campus.
The MANDURAH LINE was opened in 2008 and goes between Perth City and Mandurah in the south. The
closest station to Curtin campus is Canning Bridge. It is one zone from Canning Bridge Train Station to the
city and it is only 3km from Bentley campus.You can travel from Curtin on bus 101 or 102, then take the
train to the city centre. On the return journey, take bus 100 or 103, which leave from Stand 3 to the campus
on a regular basis.
Bus
Most bus services run until around midnight on weekdays and finish earlier on weekends. The 72 Bus service
leaves the city just after midnight and returns to Curtin University Bus Station.
The last trains leave Perth Station at midnight Monday to Thursday & Sundays. The last train leaves at 2am on
Friday and Saturday. The train service resumes again between 5am – 6am.
COST: This depends on zones and how far you want to travel. Student prices are considerably cheaper than
adult fares.You will need your Student ID Card and a Smart Rider (see below) to pay cash for a concession
fare.
Smart Rider
It is advisable to purchase a Smart Rider card, the automatic bus and train ticket system.You buy credit on
your Smart Rider card and use it instead of buying a ticket for each journey.You just tag on and off as you
ride, by swiping the card across a magnetic card reader when you enter and exit a bus or train.
This saves time and you don’t have to worry about carrying cash and your student card. The card entitles
travel discounts of between 15 % – 25%, depending on how you reload your credit. A trip from uni to Perth
City will cost you $0.77 or $1.00 if you take the train via Oats St. If you live in a surrounding suburb, a bus
ride to uni is about $0.50.
To buy your Smart Rider:
          • Print the Application for Tertiary SmartRider.pdf form from http://www.transperth.
            wa.gov.au/ SmartRider or collect a form from the Curtin Bookshop.
          • Bring your Student ID to Student Central (Building 101) and they will stamp the form to certify
            that you are a Curtin student.
          • Bring the stamped form back to the Bookshop. They will sell you a Smart Rider card. A card
                purchase fee of $5 applies. A minimum $10 fee applies to reactivate your account (total: $15).

              Taxis
              Depending on the night (and your taxi driver) a fare will cost between $20 - $25 from the city
              to Curtin Student Housing. If you choose to use a taxi, try to share the fare with some friends.
              • Swan Taxi: 13 13 30 • Perth Maxi Taxis: 9221 2400

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Finding your Bearings
You will be unfamiliar with the layout of Perth. A useful tip is to use the train lines as bearings. There are five
main lines that all extend across Perth City.
      • the north west line (to Joondalup) • the south east (to Armadale)
      • the north east (to Midland)           • the southern suburbs railway (to Mandurah)
      • the south west (to Fremantle)
To help you get your bearings in Perth city, remember:
      • West – the ocean                      • South – across the Narrows Bridge away from the city,
      • East – inland towards the hills         in the direction of Curtin Uni
      • North – across the Swan river
        looking towards the city.

Driving
Driving around the Perth is pretty easy, but do yourself a favour and get a map book. The UBD or Street
Smart directories cost around $25 and they are worth every cent. Never try to read one while you are
driving! Plan your journey before you set off! There is nothing more stressful then driving aimlessly round an
unfamiliar city, not to mention all the petrol you will waste! If you prefer online maps, look up
www.whereis.com.au. Type in the address of your destination and it will show you a map and/or
directions to get there.
Speaking of petrol, you can find the cheapest fuel by looking up: www.fuelwatch.com.au
This is a government website that shows what each servo in WA is charging for petrol, diesel and LPG every
day. It’s well worth a look because it’s not uncommon for two petrol stations, in the same suburb, to have a
price difference of up to 15 cents per litre.
Perth has seen a population boom in recent years and the roads have become quite congested during ‘peak
hour’. These are the times on weekdays when people are driving to and from work:
          • Between 7:40 and 9:00 am for lanes heading toward the city
          • Between 4:30 and 6:00 pm for lanes heading away from the city
Try to avoid driving during these peak times if you can.
Cycling
If you live within a three or four kilometres of uni, a bike can be faster than driving because you don’t waste
time looking for parking or walking across campus to your class. There are plenty of facilities for bike users
on campus, including racks, showers and a secure area for bike storage (swipe card access required).
For more details visit: http: //properties.curtin.edu.au/roles/am/parking/alt_trans/cycling.cfm
If you enjoy recreational cycling, bike shops sell the ‘Perth by Bike’ maps for a few dollars (www.dpi.
wa.gov.au/cycling/14679.asp). These great little guides show all cycle paths and give suggested quiet
roads that get you from A to B. Riding a bike on a main road or highway is not fun or safe – if you don’t get
run over, you will breathe in a lot of exhaust smoke. Riding on the Freeways or sections of Roe and Tonkin
Highway is illegal.
For more Perth cycling info look up: www.dpi.wa.gov.au/cycling/1515.asp
Parking on Campus
If you drive to the campus and park your car you are required to buy a Student Parking Permit – $105
per year or $58 per semester.
Students can park in any of the designated ‘green zones’. Student parking bays can be very hard to find
and this can be a frustrating exercise at times! Parking bays are usually full by around 9:30am, so consider
arriving early and doing some study in the library before your lectures. Give yourself plenty
of time to find a spot – about 20 minutes to park and walk to class. Bays are quite easy to
find after 3:30pm. Parking after 5:00pm is free (no permit required) and students can park in
any of the parking areas on campus.



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Study Tips
Tip 1: Actually Study!
Studying does improve your marks!
Uni is nothing like High School. No one will force you to study, go to class, or do your assignments. Some
tutors probably may not even know your name, or care if you pass or fail. So a word of warning - it’s pretty
much up to you to stay on track.
However, if you do feel that you are not coping and need some assistance, don’t be afraid to ASK FOR
HELP! University Life offers a range of Support Services on campus to assist you with any issues you
may have.
See http://unilife.curtin.edu.au/
Talk to your lecturer or course co-coordinator, make an appointment to see the First Year Experience
Coordinator in Bldg 102 (Hayman Hall) or go to the The Learning Centre (Bldg 105).
For the full range of Support Services go to: http://unilife.curtin.edu.au/servicefinder.cfm.	This is a
very useful tool. Click on the issue that concerns you and it will direct you to help available on campus.
Tip 2: The Library has six levels. The top levels are quiet places for individual and group study. Groups
are welcome to study, and there are sound proof rooms available. There are also single desks for those who
want to read or study by themselves in peace and quiet.
http://library.curtin.edu.au/
Tip 3: Lectures are not a waste of time. Go to as many as you can, sit up the front and pay attention.You’ll
gain a lot more out of your lecture if you quickly read through the appropriate chapter in your textbook
beforehand.Your education is expensive! You may as well get your moneys worth!
Tip 4: Tutorials. A ‘tute’ comprises a small group of students in a classroom with a tutor/teacher.You will
get feedback, ask questions, have discussions and do oral presentations. Attendance is expected and counts
towards your final grade. Make sure you go! Some units will fail you if you do not attend a percentage of
your classes. Besides, you will be missing out on important information and you will soon fall behind.
Tip 5: Find out if there is a Mentor Program in your school. This is a great way to get help from a senior
student who knows the ropes. Go to: http: //retention.curtin.edu.au/programs/mentoring.cfm
Tip 6: Study Groups. Find other students in class to study with. Great for motivation and company to
get through long hard tasks. If you don’t know anyone to study with, then that’s where the COUNTRY
STUDENTS CLUB comes in handy! Come along to our events, meet people and WHAMO... instant
friends to study with!




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Tip 7: Using computers: Don’t feel confident with all computer programs?
The PC CHAMPS Program is available to teach and upgrade your computer skills.
In the 21st century, basic computer skills are essential to succeeding in a course of study at University. For
example, at Curtin University, you need to check your OASIS account every week and your assignments
need to be typed - not handwritten! Furthermore, computer skills are vital for everyday life with the
proliferation of internet-based services such as banking and shopping.
The PC CHAMPS Program is run by Curtin Volunteers! (CV!).Volunteer mentors provide one-on-one
lessons to any Curtin student who is having difficulty. The program is targeted at ‘mature-age’ students, but
volunteers will happily mentor any student who is experiencing difficulty with a computer program. Mentors
will arrange a time that is convenient to you.
For more information, please visit our website at http://www.cv.curtin.edu.au/programs/pc_champs.
cfm or drop in and say ‘hi’ to the friendly START staff in Hayman Hall (Building 102).

Are you Smart Enough For Uni?
Although you have received an offer to study at Curtin, you may stress about whether you are ‘smart’
enough to get through a uni degree course. Well here’s a revelation.You don’t need to be especially brilliant
to complete a degree. Some people are gifted and they will usually do well. However, the key to being a
success at University is to apply yourself and work consistently! Your unit outlines may make for boring
reading, but they detail exactly what to study and how much time you should spend studying every week. If
you put in the effort and do just what is set out to be done in the unit outline, you will cope well. Your uni
experience will be the most enjoyable, productive and stress-free time of your life.
Be warned! Some of the first year units teach the basics. This allows you to build up your knowledge and
skills. It sets the foundations for your further studies. Put in the effort to do very well in these units and
you will avoid stress further along in your course. Aim for top marks, which indicate that you have a sound
understanding of the concepts. If you just scrape through with a 50% average, you will be setting yourself up
for a very rough ride in your more senior years of study.
A handy tip from a PhD student, who advised: ‘Treat your uni studies like a job. Be on campus from 9am to
5pm, five days a week and do the work. If you’re not in lectures, read your textbooks or do assignments.
Then go home and forget about uni altogether.
Find the study techniques that work for you – balance working hard and playing hard and enjoy the success
that follows.




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Campus Facilities
You	will	find	the	following	amenities	on	the	Curtin	Bentley	campus:
     • Optometrist                                   • The Spot – The Guild convenience store for magazines,
     • Physiotherapist                                 greeting cards, snacks, Ticketmaster 7, tickets for event.
     • Chemist                                       • Second Hand Bookshop
     • BankWest                                      • Curtin Print and Design – publications, design,
     • Unicredit                                       laminating, printing and binding.
     • Centrelink                                    • Cafes – Main Café,Vege Patch, Bookmark Café, Angazi
     • Fringe Benefits – Hairdresser                   Café, Georges Kebabs, Noodle Corner, Basement Café
     • The Guild ‘Concept Store’ – for music,          and Simply Delicious
       Curtin clobber, stickers, posters             • The famous Guild Tavern alias ‘THE TAV’. A great place
     • Restaurant – The Kirribili Café.                to play pool, get a meal and have a drink.
     • Curtin Bookshop – for new books,              • Computer Labs – ABACUS LABS are located in
       stationery and computer supplies,               Buildings 303, 408 and 501. Open 23 hours a day,
       phone credit, film developing,                  7 days a week. Swipe your Student ID Card to get in.
       dry cleaning, Smart Rider cards               • Curtin Stadium - offers a range of fitness, sport and
     • The Guild Copy Centre – copying                 health enhancing programs for students and staff
       and printing
Curtin Student Support Services on Bentley campus:
     • Student Transitional Retention Team (START)
     • Health Services – Bulk billing. Free if you have a Medicare Card!
     • Counseling Services – confidential advice on any personal matters
     • Multi-Faith Officer
     • First Year Experience Coordinator – confidential advice, course switching
     • Housing Advisory Services
     • Recreation Services – gym, aerobics classes, squash & tennis courts
     • The Learning Centre – Free programs – Academic guidance and support
     • Careers@Curtin
     • Student Assist – ( at the Student Guild) Appeals, Study Skills, Exam preparation, Academic
       Misconduct, Grievances, Centrelink help, Tenancy advice, Tax advise, Budgeting advise, Fact sheets,
       Legal Assist, Personal Accident and work Experience Insurance Cover
     • Disabilities Services
     • Scholarships
     • Student Equity
Useful links:
www.orientation.curtin.edu.au
http://unilife.curtin.edu.au/servicefinder.cfm
http://www.guild.curtin.edu.au/go/welfare-services/student-assist
http://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/
www.centrelink.gov.au
Missing Home?
Coming to Uni is exciting and challenging. It is a time of adaptation and adjustment to a new
environment. Being far from the safety of your home, family and friends can make you feel
lonely, sad and afraid. These emotions may make it difficult for you to settle into your new
accommodation, make new friends and cope with your studies.You would not be alone – research indicates
that 35% of new students face homesickness and may become depressed. If you find yourself feeling down,
               talk to your Housing Residential Assistant, your lecturer, or make an appointment to see
               a counselor at the University Counselling Services (Bldg 109 – 9266 7850). Go to http://
               counselling.curtin.edu.au/. For advise, go to Building 102 to see the First Year Experience
               Transition Coordinator. For useful tips to overcome homesickness and adjust to student life,
               go to: http://counselling.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/adjusting to uni.pdf

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What is the Student Guild?
Each university in Australia has its own Student Guild, which is basically a union
for students. The Guild exists to represent the rights and interests of the
students. If a student has a problem, they can approach the Guild for help. For
this reason the Guild is an independent organisation and not a department of
the university.
What do they want from me?
Put simply, the Student Guild wants you to sign up as a member. This entails a
payment of a fee to become a Full Guild Member. (You will need to pay cash or use EFTPOS). Until recently,
it was compulsory to become a Guild member. In 2005 the Federal government banned that compulsory
payment and introduced ‘Voluntary Student Unionism’, giving students a choice (VSU).
If you choose not to pay the fee, you will become a Basic Guild Member and still be entitled to some basic
services.
What can the Guild offer me?
The representation is the raison d’être of the Guild – it represents your interests as a student on the Curtin
campus! Annual membership for 2010 is $99.95,
The Guild provides services such as food outlets, social events, sports and recreational activities. Almost
every food outlet on campus is Guild run. Full members get discounts on food and drinks (Yes, that includes
the Tav!). Full members have first option on ticket sales for social events.
Is it worth it?
• If you consider the economic benefits, you can easily recoup most of your $99.95 membership fee in food
  and drink discounts throughout the year.
• Although you may never need their help or advice while studying for your degree, it is reassuring to know
  that it’s there if you need it.
• The Guild organises great events and parties! The Beach Bash and Oktoberfest are legendary. If you aren’t
  a full member you can forget about getting a ticket.

If you’re still not convinced, the Guild will give you plenty more reasons to join. For all the benefits and
details of membership go to: www.guild.curtin.edu.au
The Student Guild is located in Building 106F. Country callers: 1800 063 865 or (08) 9266 2900.

Useful links:
• Guild recreation – http://guild.curtin.edu.au/go/guild-rec
• Guild courses – http://guild.curtin.edu.au/go/guild-rec/certificate-courses




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Getting involved!
There are dozens of social, sporting, academic and religious clubs that you can join on campus.They are run
by students, for students. Club members are encouraged to join the committee and help run the club. The
Country	Students	Club, for example, is always looking for enthusiastic new committee members!




By being involved in the organisation and running of a club, one gains insight into how a business is run and
how to work as a team with people. Being involved in campus life will enhance your future career prospects.
Employers look for graduates who offer more than just a degree. Graduates who are community orientated,
socially active and involved in extra-curricular activities are generally highly sought after as employees.




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Keeping Safe
For your safety on and off campus, we strongly advise that you find out about the Curtin Campus Security
Services. Like any city around the world, Perth has its share of crime, so do take care!
For the full range of services, go to this informative website:
http://about curtin.edu.au/campusinfo/security.cfm
    • Make use of the Campus Security Courtesy bus!
    • Ask questions and get to know the areas that are considered safe or unsafe. Take reasonable
      precautions for your personal safety at all times.
    • Put the Campus Security phone number into your mobile: 9266 4444
Northbridge has attained a reputation for violence in recent years. This is worrying, considering the influx
of young revelers every Friday and Saturday night into Perth’s nightlife hub. However, you can safely enjoy
a great night out anywhere in Perth if you follow these tips to keep you out of harm’s way. Common sense
really!
         • Don’t drink too much!
         • Be civil and respectful to other people.
         • Stick with your mates.
         • Be aware of ‘drink spiking’ – it does happen! Ask your friend (not someone you just met) to mind
           your drink if you need to.
         • Be responsible. Don’t drink and drive! Unlike dancing, your driving skills will not be improved
           with alcohol, so designate who will be the driver for the night.

Going Out in Perth
There a plenty of awesome places to go to in Perth!

Pubs and Clubs
Below is our guide to some of the fun places, favorite student pubs and clubs that we can recommend for a
good night out.


                                                                        Best nights
                   Venue                  Location              M   T   W T      F    S   S
             The Deen             Northbridge                   J                J    J
             Hip-e Club           Leederville                       J
             Carnegies            CBD                                   J
             Leederville Hotel    Leederville                           J
             Black Betty’s        Northbridge                           J             J
             Mustang Bar          Northbridge                           J       J     J
             Bar 120              Hillary’s Boat Harbour                J
             The Newport          Fremantle                             J
             The Tav              Curtin campus                         J
             The Waterford        Karawara                              J
             Club Bay View        Claremont                                 J
             Claremont Hotel      Claremont                                 J
             The Como             Como                                      J
             The Ruby Room        Burswood Casino                               J
             Mt Henry Tavern      Manning                                       J
             The Saint            Innaloo                                       J
             The Floreat          Floreat                                       J
             The Paddo            Mt Hawthorn                                   J
             The Shed             Northbridge                                   J     J
             The Paramount        Northbridge                                         J
             Metropolis           Fremantle                                           J
             Cottesloe Hotel      Cottesloe                                               J
             Ocean Beach Hotel    Cottesloe                                               J


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The Waterford and The Guild Tav are your local pubs if
you live on or near campus. Both go off on a Wednesday
night.
The back bar of the Ocean Beach Hotel (OBH) on a
Sunday arvo is Perth’s # 1 country pub. Bring your ute
and your Akubra!!

Eating out in Perth – Student Style!

        • The Waterford: For around $15.00 you can
          choose some good meals for bargain prices!
        • IKEA: Not only good for Swedish furniture...
          the hotdogs are legendary! Only $1 each! A
          hotdog and a drink $2 (fine dining indeed)!
        • Sizzler: A family favorite.You can never beat
          a place with an ‘all you can eat’ buffet.
        • Rivervale (across the road from Burswood
          Casino): Tuesdays and Thursdays - $15 steak
          night.
        • Hans Café: Asian food. Pretty cheap and some awesome food. On Albany Highway and at the
          Carousel Shopping Centre.
        • Wong’s: Chinese restaurant next door to the Waterford Tavern.Yummy cheap food!

Fun things to do when you’re bored
        • Join the Country Students Club! We offer a number of activities and events for everyone.
          Wine tasting, BBQs, games, fun outings. Meet a great new bunch of country students!
        • Movies – Cheap movie tickets on Tuesdays: $10 tickets.
        • Go to the beach or down to the river. Free amenities to renew your soul.
        • Join a Curtin sports club – netball, basketball, tennis, baseball and soccer. Social and serious.
          Enquire at the Guild Centre or go to http://www.guild.curtin.edu.au/go/activities-
          clubs-and-sport
        • The Guild offers many recreation courses too – investigate at
          http://www.guild.curtin.edu.au/go/activities/-clubs-and-sport/recreation-
          courses
        • Canning Football Club is always looking for players. Many Curtin Country Students Club
          members have played for this team – a good bunch of blokes.
        • Join Curtin Volunteers (CV!) – go to Building 599 to find out what they do and how to register.
          An opportunity to use your free time as a volunteer in many and varied community projects –
          http://cv.curtin.edu.au/. Heaps of fun and new friends.
        • Join the gym! Curtin has a brand new Recreation and Events Centre on campus. Get fit,
          get involved, make new friends!




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