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La Trobe Bendigo Campus Questions
« on: December 15, 2018, 01:19:19 pm »
Hello, I just have a couple of concerns and questions I want to ask those who are studying at La Trobe in Bendigo.

How hard is it to make new friends? None of my friends are going to the Bendigo campus, theyíd rather stay here and study in Melbourne.

Is it costly or hard (sharing toilets, itís loud etc) to live on campus? Do you live with the people doing the same course as you as it is more convenient? Can you get a scholarship or something to help you live in the campus?

What is the employment rates in dentistry at la trobe after you graduate? Can you go and live back at Melbourne once you graduate and get a job over there or is it more harder? Does la trobe dentistry have partnership with any dentistry businessí in Melbourne?

Thanks in advance to the people who reply!!
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Re: La Trobe Bendigo Campus Questions
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2018, 02:22:10 pm »
I don't go to Latrobe but I know some people from there & there's social events etc.

At uni things are very much about the choices you make. If you talk to people at events, in classes etc. you'll find it pretty easy to make friends. If you don't reach out to others and stay in your room all the time you might not find it so easy.  I would not recommend choosing a uni based on your friends
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Re: La Trobe Bendigo Campus Questions
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 07:18:04 pm »
Hey there, Iím doing dentistry at La Trobe so here is my input:

1. Regarding making friends, I would say it is relatively easy to befriend people (and this is coming from a shy person). Everyone is very friendly, and there are many events at the start of the year that will assist you in meeting new people. There are plenty of O-Week activities, and the dentistry and oral health club also organises many events at the start of the year to help you socialise. Iím pretty sure they have a pool party every year. The club also has their own sporting teams which compete against Melb Uni dent kids, so thatís another way you can make friends. Personally, I think itís hard to NOT make friends, mostly because if you live on campus, youíll be with the other dent kids for 24 hours for 5 days a week. You run into people when youíre in the kitchen or hallways etc., and that can be a good time to start a conversation. A lot of the dent kids also take the v-line back to Melbourne on Fridays for the weekend, so that is another 2 hour opportunity to socialise. TL;DR as long as you donít hole up in your room all the time and put yourself out there, you will make friends. There are plenty of opportunities for you to do so.

2. Living on campus is more expensive than living off campus, but personally I would recommend on campus life as opposed to off campus. Sharing the bathroom went surprisingly well as Iíve never clashed with someone else needing to shower as well. Admittedly it can become quite loud, usually when people are preparing to leave or come back from pub crawls / balls / birthday parties, but on the average day it is quiet, especially if you pick a designated quiet area to live in. I do prefer on campus life since itís quick and easy to get to class, there are cleaners that clean the common areas, and 24/7 access to security guards if you feel unsafe. The general consensus is that thereís more of a social atmosphere on campus. You will be placed into the same building as other first year dent kids. Iím not too sure about scholarship opportunities, but could always ask the uni directly about what they have to offer.

3. I donít know about employment rates or partnerships, but I donít think that finding a job in Melbourne would be any harder for you vs a melb uni student, and employers tend to look favourably on the the two years of rural clinical experience that you have so itís not too bad.

If you have any more questions feel free to ask :)


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Re: La Trobe Bendigo Campus Questions
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 09:57:33 pm »
Making friends is definitely not hard. The dentistry society at Bendigo makes it very easy to make friends since they make a great effort to organise events for first years to help them transition into uni life. At other universities, people sign up for multiple societies to meet new people, but in Bendigo, BOHDS (dent society) is more than enough. On some weeks there will be 2-3 events on such as bowling nights, pool party, trivia night etc. You also get assigned groups for practical classes so its very convenient to meet people from the same group as you and even people doing labs on the same day. By the end of the year, if you put in enough effort, you could probably recognise almost everyone you walk past on the way to class!

Is it costly or hard (sharing toilets, itís loud etc) to live on campus? Do you live with the people doing the same course as you as it is more convenient? Can you get a scholarship or something to help you live in the campus?
Definitely not too hard sharing facilities, if anything, it is a good way to meet new people. You can cook with your roommate and living with a variety of people makes uni life more interesting. There is a apartment complex on campus where the majority of the students are dental students, whilst other complexes have other students doing other courses such as physio, nursing, teaching, outdoor ed, engineering etc. Living with people in the same course is definitely more convenient for making new friends, but at the same time everything is so close together so it's not a big deal if you don't live near people in the same course as you.
Scholarship wise, you might have to do a bit of research since not many scholarships go to first years but if you apply for centrelink youth allowance, you can claim ~10k back depending on income of parents, financial circumstances etc. It costs around 10k a year for accommodation so that can help cover your accommodation costs.

I heard from a dentist that LTU graduates are quite employable and I know of many graduates in the past who have previously gotten jobs at high end clinics. So, I don't think LTU graduates would be disadvantaged... many UOM graudates are from overseas (Canada, NZ) so many of them want to also return to their home country as well. Employment after graduating would depend on your own skills as a dentist, rather than the university you attended.

Hope that helps!