Prepare for semester

Get to know UQ

When you’re a new student, there are all kinds of things you need to know, but might not think to ask. This section will fill you in on all the practical knowledge you need about UQ.

Academic calendar

During your time at UQ, you’ll need to remember a number of important dates every semester. These include:

  • Orientation Week. This takes place in the week before Semester 1 and Semester 2. It's designed to introduce new students to social and academic life at UQ.
  • Due date to enrol. You have to enrol in at least one course by this date, otherwise you may have to pay a fee and get special permission to enrol.
  • Final date to add courses. This is the last day you can add new courses or swap courses. If you want to enrol in a new course after this date, you may have to pay a fee and get special permission to enrol.
  • Due date for the payment of fees. All course fees and the Student Services and Amenities Fee have to be paid by this date. Late fees apply if you miss this date.
  • Census Date. Fee liability and enrolment details for all students are locked in and finalised on this date. It’s also the last date you can apply for a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan. You can’t enrol in courses after Census Date, or get a refund on your fees, unless there are extraordinary or exceptional circumstances.
  • Last date to withdraw from courses without academic penalty. This is the last day you can withdraw from your studies with a grade of 'W' – Course cancelled without academic penalty. A 'W' won't affect your grade point average. If there are extraordinary or exceptional circumstances after this date, you may still be eligible to withdraw without academic penalty.

To see when these dates occur, check the Academic Calendar for semesters and trimesters or the Teaching Periods Calendar.

Faculties and schools

Your faculty is listed in mySI-net under the 'Enrolments & Timetables' tile > 'Program summary' > 'Program owner'.

Schools are listed on each electronic course profile as the 'Coordinating Unit'.

For most students, schools can help with courses and your faculty can help with your program – but there are some exceptions and there is a bit of overlap.

For example, you might find that some courses aren't taught by schools: they're taught by faculties, centres or institutes.

In these circumstances, you should still contact the 'Coordinating Unit' listed on the course profile with any relevant questions about the course.

As we head towards a new semester, we encourage you to visit your faculty website so you can familiarise yourself with important contacts.

UQ Library

How many books are in the Biological Sciences Library? You might be surprised to find out the answer is zero.

Understanding where all our libraries are – and where you can find different study resources – is one of the most important things you can do as a new student.

Before you step foot in your first class, make sure you’ve completed the online Assignment Essentials and Digital Essentials modules to build your skills to succeed in study and work.

You should also attend a Library tour for an in-person introduction to library spaces and services. Tours are held during Orientation Week in some of the library’s many different branches.

Visit the UQ Library website

Take a virtual tour

Make sure you don't get lost on your way to the bookshop! Take a quick virtual tour of Gatton or St Lucia campus before you visit.

Gatton virtual tourSt Lucia virtual tour

Campus maps, parking and transport

Find your way to, from and around campus, whether you’re commuting by car, bus, bicycle or walking.

Campus safety

UQ campuses offer 24-hour security patrols and a safety program to help you navigate campus with confidence.

Campus accessibility

UQ offers free support and services for students with a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition. Email a UQ Disability Advisor at before you arrive to arrange appropriate support for you. 

Find out more about accessibility on campus

Places to study on campus

Semester is in full swing. You’ve packed your bag, you’ve got an extra-extra-large coffee – but where can you go to study? Here’s where you can look:

  • Study Spots map. This shows some of the rooms, desks and spaces where you can work. Choose a campus to see your options: St LuciaGattonHerston
  • 24/7 Library study spaces. Study spaces are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in several branches of the UQ Library. Use your student ID card for access.
  • 24/7 Student Space in the Union Complex. This space is more casual than the Library and has a small kitchenette. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Book a room in one of the libraries. This is a good idea if you have group work to organise. Use your student account to reserve your space.
  • Find an empty room or lecture hall. You can study in any teaching space as long as it isn’t booked. Digital signage outside each lecture room will tell you when it’s being used. Please don't remove any furniture or equipment.
  • Ask your school to book a room for you. Schools will have different policies on this, so make sure you explain why you need the room and how long you need it for. Rooms can only be booked for study purposes.

Study space etiquette

Wherever you study on campus, be considerate of other people:

  • clean up after yourself
  • only eat cold food indoors (and no strong smells like tuna or onion)
  • work quietly
  • don't remove chairs or furniture
  • don’t be a desk or computer hog.

Library rules state that if you leave your belongings unattended on a desk or computer for 15 minutes, another person can move your belongings aside and use that desk or computer.

If you decide to take an extended break, take your belongings with you. We can't guarantee the safety of your belongings and you should give another person a chance to use our shared resources.

How can we help?

The Student Centre can help with most student admin questions. The Library can help with research questions:

Contact a Student CentreVisit the UQ Library website

Report any problems you experience with the Starting at UQ website.