When you arrive

Residential Support Teams

RAs-for-Restart-small Central to the experience of residents at MRS is the support and leadership provided by Residential Support Teams (or RSTs). Your RST will comprise of staff members (College Head, Deputy College Head and/or Residential Support Assistant) as well as student leaders called Resident Advisors (or RAs). You will have a RA allocated to look after you and a small group of other residents (usually between 15 and 30 residents). The College Head and Deputy College Head provide leadership and management of each Residence – but they also are integral members of the residential community (and would love to get to know you!) – and the Residential Support Assistant provides support for the CH/DCH, as well as working with RAs to ensure that the activities and support programs which the Hall runs  for the community. In the first few days and weeks of your time in your residence the RST will be looking to get to know you (and you them) to ensure we provide you with the most appropriate level of support and assistance. More information about Residential Support Teams can be found here      

Making Friends

In the words of one of our residents, Jimmy €œ”Making new friends is not something you would do every day. However now that you have moved out of home, and are probably on your own, it is important to make some new friends. Having great friends around will make you so much more comfortable within the uni environment. It’€™s not as if your old friends are being replaced, but unless they have also travelled to go to Monash, you probably don’€™t know very many people.”€

Visit Making Friends if you want some advice from our residents about how to maximize your friendship building while in Res.

Learning from other Residents

One of the things we are most proud of at MRS is the community feeling of where we live. There are senior residents in all our residences (we call them Resident Advisors, or RAs) who have enjoyed their experiences in Res so much that they have volunteered to support and mentor new residents (makes you feel special doesn’€™t it!). Your RA, and indeed all the residents in your residence, have experienced (or are experiencing) what you are going through – ask for help – it may not be easy, but it is the best thing you can do.

Other Cultures

At MRS you are lucky enough to be living with people from all over Australia and the world and we celebrate just what this diversity means to our communities, and to you as an individual. If you are new to Australia, you can be sure that any €˜Aussie€™ resident would love to talk to you about €˜’their’€™ Australia, and would probably love even more to learn about what life is like for you back home. And if you are Australian, just imagine what it would be like to be in another country for University – wouldn’€™t it be nice if someone walked up to you and wanted to learn about your culture!

Living Skills

Sometimes when you move into Res it will be the first time you have had to cook, clean, grocery shop and in general look after yourself. Don’€™t worry as€“ this has happened to all of us at some time (and more than half of us when we moved into Res) so€“ don’€™t be afraid to ask your RA about how to do the €˜simple things. In€“ in fact you may find that your Res runs specific sessions on living skills like food shopping, cooking or washing clothes.
 

Feeling excited, lost, or overwhelmed?

Whenever anyone makes a big change in their lives, they can go through a number of different phases and€“ moving to Res will involve some level of culture shock. Visit Culture Shock to see if you recognise any of the signs.

Homesickness

It is completely normal and natural to miss the people and places back home,“ especially as your new home can be very different (as well as fun!). You may want to share that with old friends or are just wanting a little bit of your €˜old life back€™. Stay in contact with your friends and although you may be missing them, remember the experiences you are gaining from being at University and the stories you will be able to tell the people back home! There are also some hints on how to cope with homesickness on the Culture Shock page.

Security Services

MRS values the safety and security of all our residents. Information about safety can be found for all sites on their residential page, or for more information about fire and MRS Security visit Fire Safety and MRS Security. You can also visit the Monash University Campus Watch page – with even more tips to keep you and your possessions safe (you will need your authcate password to log in here).

Rules and Regulations

It can be a bit tough getting to know the rules and regulations of new and different places (like Res) but at MRS we keep it pretty simple – our rules and regulations reflect what we think of as our community standards – understanding that living in a residential community requires everyone to make sure their behaviour does not have a negative impact on those around them. Take some time and have a look at the regulations and policies at MRS

Alcohol and Drugs

MRS has a very clear policy regarding the consumption of alcohol and all residents are expected to understand and abide by these rules. The consumption of alcohol by under 18s is not permitted, and all residents accept the condition that for over 18s there is a personal choice to consume alcohol, and residents are held accountable for their actions when under the influence of alcohol. MRS does not tolerate in any way the consumption or possession of  illegal drugs (including synthetic drugs).  For more details visit Alcohol and Drugs.

IT Access

Probably the first thing that anyone wants when they move to a new place is to connect that place to back home and that means IT access. Now, given that you are on this website, we may assume your computer is up and running, but if not click here. If you are having any issues with your internet then you should contact your RA – or send an email to one of our tech experts (who also happen to be RAs and residents like you) at: mrs-ithelp@monash.edu