Your first days at AUT (new students’ Orientation)

Coming along to Orientation will help prepare you for your first few days at AUT – you'll get tips and advice on what to bring to classes, where you can buy textbooks and food, and how to use your time between lectures.

What to wear

Wear whatever makes you comfortable during Orientation and once your classes start. Our Student Ambassadors say jeans and a t-shirt are a typical first-day outfit.

Comfortable shoes are a good idea – there can be lots of walking between classes.

What to bring

Bring something to take lecture notes with (pen and paper, computer or tablet). If you don’t have a laptop you can hire one from Tech Central.

Bring food with you, especially if you have a long day or you need to save money.

Buying textbooks

There are a few places to buy and borrow course-related textbooks:

  • The AUT Library (borrow for free)
  • UBIQ, the bookshop on campus
  • PinkLime (sells workbooks for some papers)
  • Online: check Facebook and TradeMe

What to do between classes

There are lots of things to do between your classes – and remember that you’ll need to manage your time and studies. Senior students suggest:

  • Study (there are lots of study rooms and spaces around campus)
  • Hang out and eat: there are lots of places to eat on and near campus
  • Get active: join the AUT gym or a sport team
  • Join a club (social, academic – there are lots)
  • Find out what’s happening around Auckland

Help on campus: look for the blue t-shirt

For the first few weeks of semester our student ambassadors are on campus to help you find your way and answer questions. Look for the blue AUT t-shirts.

Get to know your way around

Check out our information on campus tours, maps, directions, accessibility and how to get around on campus.

Getting to and around AUT campuses (Orientation)