Online Orientation: Setting you up for study success


It’s important that you know what to expect and are set up for study success. Wherever you are, we want to make sure you have the tools and information to study from anywhere.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to be well-prepared for studying and feel connected to AUT’s support services. There are four key areas that will help you be successful in your studies.

On this page:

The basics

AUT is dedicated to supporting students. It’s our job to let you know about all of the services available to you as an AUT student and make you aware of any important news and announcements.

You can find more information about international, disability, rainbow support, Māori and more, on the support services page.

Support services

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We also keep you updated via the AUT App and Student Hub Online.

The AUT Student Hub is the one place to go for help. Our student advisors can provide you with access to a range of services and online support, such as financial support, applying for special consideration, how to access to online learning, or general support.

The Student Hub also has an international support team dedicated towards helping our international students.

For Student Hub contact details, locations, booking an appointment with an advisor through the AUT App, financial support and more, check out the Student Hub page.

Student Hub services and support

Find out how to set up your workstation and access AUT’s computers remotely – from home.

Setting up your workstation at home

Accessing AUT’s computers remotely

How much study time should I plan for?

An average student is expected to spend 150 hours per paper each semester:

  • You might have 30-50 hours of class time (like lectures, tutorials, workshops and labs)
  • That leaves 100-120 hours for you to study and do your assignments

For four papers, this comes to about:

  • 120-200 hours of class time
  • 400-480 hours for studying and assignments

Per week (in a 15-week semester), that’s about:

  • 8-13 hours of class time
  • 27-32 hours for studying and assignments

So, an average student might study for about 40 hours per week, which is like having a full-time job.

Buying textbooks

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

  • The AUT Library (borrow for free)
  • PinkLime (sells workbooks for some papers)
  • Online: check Facebook and TradeMe

As a new student, you'll probably want to get familiar with your campus as soon as you can.

The information below will help you start learning your way to and around our campuses, from the rooms you'll need to the shuttle buses.

Our campuses: guides to the City, North and South Campus

AUT has three campuses around Auckland – in the city, on the North Shore, and in Manukau. Get campus maps, directions and parking information for each campus:

Find a room or lecture theatre: understanding AUT's room codes

All rooms at AUT have a room code – usually made up of two letters and three numbers, like WG403.

  • W: the first letter tells you the campus:
    • W = City Campus (located on Wellesley St)
    • A = North Campus (located on Akoranga Drive)
    • M = South Campus (located in Manukau)
  • G: the second letter tells you the building (each building has a different letter allocated to it)
  • 4: the first number tells you the level (or floor) of the building
  • 03: the last two numbers tell you the room number

AUT shuttle buses and student travel discounts

Shuttle buses run between the City and South Campuses, and eligible students can get discounted travel on public transport using an AT HOP card.

AUT shuttle buses

AUT has shuttle buses which run between the City and South Campuses. Shuttle buses have free wifi, ramps for wheelchair users, and provide schedule updates to passengers.

Shuttle bus info and timetable

Tertiary concession: student discount on Auckland Transport services

An AT HOP tertiary concession gives eligible students discounted travel using an AT (Auckland Transport) HOP card on public transport around Auckland.

Tertiary concession info, eligibility and how to apply

Accessibility on and around campus

Our Student Hub can connect you with the Disability Support team if you have a disability or impairment. This information might help you get around AUT:

Parking on campus

There's parking for mobility cardholders on each campus – make sure you always display your card. You can find car park locations on our campus maps – check the campus pages listed above.

If you require parking while you study, please meet with an advisor from Disability Support. Charges may apply.

Accessibility on campus

You can access all lecture theatres, classrooms, buildings and most toilets at AUT by wheelchair.

Most of our buildings have a lift or ramp, with an accessible toilet close by. Many doors open automatically or have buttons to open them.

Some of our lifts have raised numerals or braille on buttons, and others also use voice announcements.

Guide dogs and support dogs

Guide dogs and support dogs are welcome on campus.

If you haven't already submitted the photo, please follow the instructions:

Study success

Peer mentors are senior students who provide one-on-one mentoring for a chosen subject area. It’s a great way to talk to someone who has done your paper before and get tips from another student on how to succeed.

You can book a peer mentor via the AUT App.

About peer mentors

Did you know the library offers a lot more than just books to borrow? The AUT Library offers a range of services and resources to help you get the most out of studying here.

This includes access to:

  • Referencing and APA support
  • Academic writing guides
  • Workshops to improve your searching and writing skills
  • Assistance finding academic sources
  • Silent study areas and group study rooms
  • Free creative workshops and events at their Makerspace – Studio 55

AUT libraries are study environments for all students with varied study spaces, computers, printing and scanning facilities and library and IT help.

AUT Library website

AUT Library workshops

Follow the AUT Library

Studiosity is a personal online help service that is available 24/7 free of charge via Blackboard to provide guidance and feedback on a range of academic skills.

You should find that Studiosity has already been set up in your Blackboard account.

On Studiosity, you can upload a draft of your work for feedback or chat with a real subject specialist.

Learn more and use Studiosity

LinkedIn Learning is a website that offers over 267,000 online video tutorials covering a range of subject areas.

As an AUT student, you can access LinkedIn Learning for free.

To access LinkedIn Learning, go to the website and click on ‘Sign in’ in the top right-hand corner. Use your AUT username and password to sign in.

LinkedIn Learning website

Plagiarism is when you use someone else's ideas or words in your assignment and present them as your own. All types of information can be plagiarised - books, journal articles, websites, course notes, other students' work, even your own earlier assignments.

More information

Turnitin

Some assignments may need to be uploaded through the Turnitin system. Turnitin assignments generate an originality report, which checks plagiarised content against the Turnitin database for a submitted file.

The originality report will give an overall percentage of how plagiarised your submitted document is.

Turnitin website

Academic Integrity module

These bite-sized modules cover academic integrity and collaboration, intellectual property and copyright, referencing, plagiarism and academic misconduct at AUT.

Each module has a short video, a little bit of reading, and interactive quiz questions.

Begin the module

Academic writing

APA referencing

Getting started with PG coursework

Learning how to stand out to employers when looking for a work placement, internship or graduate job is a skill.

The team can:

  • Improve your CV, LinkedIn profile, job search, and interview techniques
  • Increase your networking skills with speaker series, career fairs, workshops and presentations
  • Explore opportunities for internships
  • Learn of employers looking for students for co-operative education, work experience placements or voluntary work
  • Find your career focus or check that you’re in the right programme

Employability and careers

Digital tools

The official AUT App is your #1 tool as a student.

Make the most of Orientation and your time at AUT, by downloading the official AUT App. The app will contain everything you need, including your study ready check list, news and events, student job opportunities, campus maps and more.

More information about the AUT app

Download the AUT App:

Blackboard is AUT’s web-based learning environment where students can access course material, key readings, paper handbooks, announcements from lecturers, and other resources to help manage their learning throughout their study.

Each of the papers you’re enrolled in will be available online through Blackboard.

Your login name and password for Blackboard will be the same as for logging into Student Hub Online and AUT computers.

Blackboard website

How to access Blackboard

Your lecturers may use Blackboard Collaborate to provide a virtual classroom. You can find more information about how to connect and use Blackboard Collaborate below.

Blackboard website

Blackboard Collaborate guide

Microsoft Teams is a product of the Office 365 suite and is available to all AUT students.

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings your conversations, content, documents, and apps together in one place. You can connect with your classmates and share information.

Microsoft Office 365

How to access Microsoft Teams

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later.

Guide on how to download and use Zoom

How to use Zoom

Panopto enables AUT staff and students to capture and deliver audio and video content. Users can record content in lecture theatres, as well as from their office or home computer.

Guide on how to download and use Panopto

How to use Panopto

As an AUT student, we want to make sure you have access to our range of IT services.

For more information about anything IT-related at AUT - from gaining access to the network to printing and copying, visit the IT services page.

IT services

How to stay well and connected

The R U OK advisor team have an online presence via the R U OK Facebook page. If you just want someone to talk to, you can join the page and send a message to the team. They are also able to connect you with student services and resources.

R U OK Facebook page

Join the Bright Side community

At Bright Side, our community comes together for conversation, connection and reflection on the ups and downs of being human. We run a regular programme of talks, workshops, rituals, and social events. Our workshops cover topics like self-care, self-discovery and designing the impact you want to make in your life.

Bright Side: community and personal development

We want to help you maintain a good level of wellbeing while balancing your life and studies, which can sometimes be a challenge and lead to feelings of stress and anxiety.

So, we’ve put together some tips on Student Hub Online which covers how to take care of different aspects of your wellbeing.

Make sure you are prioritising your mental health, explore the wellbeing page

The AUT Gym is a great place to take a break from studies and work on your physical and mental wellbeing. We have state of the art indoor and outdoor training spaces at all three AUT campus locations. We offer a range of specialist services so whatever your goal, our motivating team will get you there.

AUT Gym website

Access online content like workouts and recipes

If you are unable to attend our gyms, you can still follow the AUT Gym social channels to access a range of content from workouts to recipes.

There is a bank of group exercise classes that are currently on their Instagram and accessible to anyone. Below is the how-to guide to get to it.

  1. Head over to the @autgym Instagram page
  2. Press the middle IGTV section and it should bring up a series of larger videos. This is all of our pre-recorded Group Fitness classes and a range of other motivating videos we have posted in the past.
  3. At the top left you will see the ‘Series’ button. If you click this, you can see a list of each series available to you.

Follow the AUT Gym

The AUTSA exists to advocate and represent the interests of all students attending AUT. The association is responsible for representation and advocacy for students, as well as publishing the University Magazine, Debate, and for running many of the social activities during Orientation and throughout the year.

Check out their website and social channels to see how they can help or to get in contact.

AUTSA website

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Join us on campus for Orientation

Our on-campus Orientation is a great start to your student journey – it will help you prepare for life and study at AUT, and connect you with other students and staff. Find out what happens on the day and why you should join us in person.

Orientation info

Contact us

Need help or have a question?

Contact the Student Hub

Hub hours