How to Get to Know Your Campus

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When you start university, everything is new and unfamiliar. As well as figuring out how things work at your school, you’ll need to find where things are on campus and how to get from one place to another. It helps to learn where the most important places on campus are as early as possible to avoid getting lost and start building your confidence. There are a few ways to do this.

1. Acquire a Map

You’ll likely receive a map of campus with your student orientation package. If you don’t, ask at the new student registration office or search online for one you can keep on your phone. If you receive a physical map, make sure you keep it with you at all times. Having any kind of map will be a lifesaver when you need to find a place you’ve never been to before.

2. Learn to Recognize the Landmarks

Pick out landmarks around campus to remind yourself exactly where you are. For instance, these could be distinctive buildings or sculptures on the grounds. Use these landmarks to place key areas on campus, such as the library, campus bookstore, student union, and administration building.

3. Join a Tour

Many universities offer students a tour of campus during orientation. Find out when tours are taking place and join one — it could reveal places you missed when exploring on your own. Be sure to ask questions if you need any clarification, such as for the name or purpose of a particular building.

4. Walk to Your Classes in Advance

Find all the lecture halls, labs, and classrooms you’ll be using before your first day of classes. Walk to each in order, using your map for guidance. This will not only mean you know you’re in the right place when you arrive for class, it should also eliminate the risk you arrive late!

5. Attend Events

You’ll feel more comfortable on campus if you start participating in events like parties, sports games, and concerts early. Attend events for new students, especially those held by clubs you’re interested in joining.

6. Ask for Directions

If you ever do get lost, there’s no need to panic. Ask students who look like they know where they’re going for directions. Since everyone was new once, they’ll be able to relate to your situation and should be happy to help.

You’ll also need to figure out how to get from your student housing to campus. This will be much easier if you live nearby. This starts with finding a great room for rent. Oshawa, near OTU, has Foundry 1805. You’ll be living just steps from campus, meaning you’ll have no difficulty figuring out your route to classes. Plus, there are many great amenities on site, which will prevent you from needing to search farther afield for things like laundry facilities and study areas, and a number of restaurants and shopping options just across the street. Apply for the fully-furnished private, semi-private, or shared room of your choice while immediate move-ins are still available.

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