The Orientation Challenge

4 students. 4 days. 4 eva.

Sign up, meet your team and complete daily quests!

Want to form connections with other University students? Try the Orientation Challenge! It’s fun, it’s free and it’s fast friendships waiting to happen!

You’ll be part of a team of four students, and each of you will complete a quest a day, over four consecutive days during Orientation.

Attend a Challenge mixer, join the game, and complete team quests that are easy and fun! Once you complete all four quests, you’ll be a Challenge finisher and can join our end-of-challenge celebration.

How it works

Each quest should take about 15 minutes (though you can spend longer on it if you like). If you’re an undergraduate, you’ll be teamed up with other undergraduates. Graduate students will be teamed up with other graduates.

The kinds of quests you might receive are:

  • Complete the uni Amazing Race
  • Find hidden buildings shown in photographs
  • Collect freebies only available to Challengers
  • Find a specific cafe and take a photo with your team.

How to sign up

  • I’m signing up by myself

    Amazing! You’ll have a university crew before you know it! Most of our challengers sign up as individuals.

    If you sign up as an individual we’ll group you with three other Challengers, who you’ll meet at the Challenge mixer events. Mixer events will be scheduled at the beginning of Melbourne Orientation week. As part of your registration, you will need to pick a date to attend a mixer event and meet the rest of your team. Your team challenge will begin on the day you meet your teammates!

    You can sign up to a Challenge mixer by searching 'The Orientation Challenge' on the Orientation events page. The final date to attend a mixer and join the challenge is Tuesday 25 February at 4:00pm

    Sign up for a mixer

  • I’m signing up with some friends, but not a whole team

    No problem! You and your friends will need to attend a mixer event together – these are held at the beginning of Melbourne Orientation week. The Challenge will begin on the day you attend your mixer and meet your teammates!

    You can sign up to a Challenge mixer by searching 'The Orientation Challenge' on the Orientation events page. You and your friends will all need to register for a mixer individually. The final date to attend a mixer and join the challenge is Tuesday 25 February at 4:00pm

    Sign up for a mixer

  • I’m signing up with a team of four

    Have a team of four? Great! Attend one of the Mixers and we'll set you up as a team. If you want to make new friends on the day we can split you into different groups as well!

    You can sign up to a Challenge mixer by searching 'The Orientation Challenge' on the Orientation events page. You and your friends will all need to register for a mixer individually. The final date to attend a mixer and join the challenge is Tuesday 25 February at 4:00pm

    Sign up for a mixer

Challenge Mixers

  • Undergraduate mixers

    All Orientation Challenge mixers will take place on the 1888 Lawn. Register for a Challenge mixer, or drop into one on the day to be set up in a team.

    DateTime
    Monday 24 February12-2pm
    Monday 24 February4-6pm
    Tuesday 25 February12-2pm
    Tuesday 25 February4-6pm
  • Graduate mixers

    All Orientation Challenge mixers will take place on the 1888 Lawn. Register for a Challenge mixer, or drop into one on the day to be set up in a team.

    DateTime
    Monday 24 February9-11am
    Monday 24 February2-4pm
    Tuesday 25 February9-11am
    Tuesday 25 February2-4pm
Pictures of orientation challengers from Semester 1, 2019

Celebrate with us!

In week 2 of semester there will be a celebration specifically for Challenge finishers.

At the event you’ll be able to celebrate completing all the quests, and you’ll also have an opportunity to meet others and learn even more about the University.

More information on the celebration event will be sent to Challenge finishers once semester has started.

Sharing on social

Tag #TheOrientationChallenge and #firstyearatmelbourne on your Instagram photos for the chance to be featured on the First Year at Melbourne Instagram page!

More information

FAQs

  • What kinds of quests are there?

    The kinds of Challenge quests will vary, but could include attending an event, completing a quiz, taking a selfie, and everything in between!

  • What do I need to complete the quests?

    All your team needs to complete the Challenge is a smart phone or computer, and an internet connection.

  • When does the Challenge start?

    The Challenge officially starts on the first day of Orientation, but your team’s start date will be the day you sign up for the Challenge. If you sign up as a group of four before the Challenge begins, your first quest will be sent to you (and your team mates) on the first day of the challenge.

  • How long does the Challenge take?

    Teams in the past have taken anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours to complete the daily quests, it’s really up to you! You can complete the challenge in 4 days if you meet up daily. If you skip a day (we know how busy you can get during Orientation!) you can continue where you left off the next day.

  • What if I miss a quest?

    You can catch up! Just complete your quest on the next day.

  • I can’t contact my group member!

    Try to swap contact information or add each other on social media when you sign up as a team, that way it’s easy to get in touch with each other. Otherwise, give them some time – Orientation is a really busy period. If they are unable to keep playing, don’t take it personally. Complete the quests with the rest of the group (or by yourself!) and you’ll still qualify to be a finisher.

  • Can I be part of multiple groups?

    No. You can only be part of one challenge team.

  • I won’t be able to meet my group on all days. Can I still participate?

    Sure, as long as your group mates are happy with this. You can stay in touch online, or catch up on your quests later.

  • What if I want to quit?

    That makes us sad, but hey, no hard feelings. If you have a few minutes, please send us an email at orientation-team@unimelb.edu.au letting us know why you chose not to finish the challenge. Your feedback is really helpful in developing next year’s challenge.

  • Your rights

    Your data is protected by the University’s privacy policy. You retain ultimate control over your information.

    The information submitted and gathered during this quest will only be used to:

    • achieve the objectives of the quest
    • fulfill the game play
    • confirm adherence to challenge rules
    • report on challenge participation, and
    • gather information on forming meaningful connections

Questions?

Shoot us an email at orientation-team@unimelb.edu.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.