UMSU Host Program

UMSU’s Host Program is all about welcoming new students to uni life here at the University of Melbourne.  It’s a program run by students, of students, for students, taking place at the start of every semester during orientation week. 

This year, we’re mixing it up a bit and combining powers with the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program to ensure everyone gets a Host Tour as part of their COVID-edition Orientation week!

Our Volunteer hosts will be leading Peer Mentor groups through some icebreakers and fun games, and take students on a faculty-specific tour of the campus.  With tips about everything from academia to UniMelb’s best coffee places, the Host Program will help get you ready for uni life.  You’ll be automatically included in a Host Tour as part of your Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, and we’re looking forward to meeting you!

Current Students

Hosts are current University of Melbourne students that support the orientation of new students.  As a host, you not only provide a faculty-specific tour around campus, but offer the students insights into to what university is like (from a student’s perspective) and the best tips to help new students get settled at university.  Doing some icebreakers and playing some fun games with the students to help them get to know one another is also part of your job!

Where possible, hosts will be assigned a group from the same faculty as their own. You don’t need any experience to be a host – just a basic idea of how to talk to students, navigate the campus, and perhaps some suggestions for the best coffee shop around UniMelb!

Faculty specific Host Days will take place as follows in 2021:

Monday 22 Feb – Bachelor of Biomedicine and Bachelor of Oral Health
Tuesday 23 Feb – Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Commerce
Wednesday 24 Feb – Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts/Music
Thursday 25 Feb – Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Arts

All volunteer hosts must be available on their faculty specific day.


New hosts must also attend a one-hour group interview (starting from January 2021) and one of our two-hour training sessions in January/February 2021.

Returning hosts need only attend a one-hour training session.

Applications for volunteer hosts are now OPEN.  Click here 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Have questions?

Send us an email at hosts@union.unimelb.edu.au.


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