Coffee on Campus

Cassie is a third-year Commerce student, majoring in Economics and Finance. She is addicted to podcasts and long distance running.

If it’s your first semester at Unimelb, or you’re sick of getting lost trying to find House of Cards (we’ve all been there), you’ve come to the right place! Here are some student coffee recommendations, with random life tips thrown in for fun!

This is by no means an exhaustive list of places to go on campus, but if you’re in a coffee-rut, give one of these a try! Also, shout-out to off campus gems like Seven Seeds, but be prepared to wait if you head down there. Whilst the coffee is damn good, the line is mighty long.

Narelle – House of Cards

Narelle
Source: Cassie Lew

Order: Small Soy Flat White
Cost: $3.60

Narelle’s rating: 4/5

Q: What are you studying?
A: Science.

Q: Why do you go to House of Cards?
A: I think it’s the only one that’s open at 7/7:30am which is the time I try to get in…because I’m insane.

Q: Have you ever bought food from here?
A: Yep, banana bread. It’s better toasted.

Q: What’s the deal with the card system?
A: So, they give you a card with your order and then it’s sort of like Grill’d, where there’s little slots to put them in. You can nominate a cause for them to donate to. I always donate to health.

Q: If you weren’t going to House of Cards, where would you go?
A: Castro’s. 100%.

Q: If you could give science first years one piece of advice, what would it be?
A: Write down literally everything the lecturer says.

Matt – Ho Ho’s Canteen

Matt
Source: Cassie Lew

Order: Regular Cappuccino
Cost: $3.50
Matt’s rating: 4/5

Q: Introduce yourself. Who are you, what are you studying and are you part of any student societies or co-curricular stuff?
A: My name’s Matt Lagamba. I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts, and I’m on the Student Union Student Council as well as part of ESSA (Economics Student Society of Australia).

Q: Why do you come to Ho Ho’s?
A: Other than it being the thoroughfare between MSD and Arts West, it also has surprisingly good coffee and, I think it’s a secret – well I don’t know, it’s on their Broadsheet page as well – they use some weird milk that’s meant to be better for coffee making.

Q: Have you ever bought food from here?
A: Yes. So, the story with Ho Ho’s is their previous owner was like a chef trained in London – a super legit dude – and then he left, and these new people bought it. So, the food dropped a little bit but it’s still decent. It’s got an Arab flair. Bit overpriced, as are most things in Union House, but they do $11 bowls of pasta that are huge and really good.

Q: If you could give first years one piece of general advice, what would it be?
A: Part of me wants to say attend all your classes, but you can do just fine without attending all your classes. So, I would say try and stay at university on campus as much as possible. By your third year you slowly realise that the campus is amazing, and life and the relaxing times of being a young twenty-something year old quickly fall away.

Geena – Castro’s Kiosk

Geena
Source: Cassie Lew

Order: Large Skim Chai Latte
Cost: $4.60
Geena’s rating: 4/5

Q: What are you studying?
A: Bachelor of Science. I’m a third year, physics major.

Q: Why don’t you drink coffee?
A: I used to drink it a bit. I don’t really like the taste, and I just used to drink it ‘cause it’s like a “social norm,” but then I discovered there are better beverages – like chai!

Q: What do you get involved with at uni?
A: Where do I start? Anything to do with the physics department. I’m on a departmental committee – the equity committee. I’m also on the Physics Student Society where I’m diversity officer. I’m part of the student-staff liaison committee as well. Oh, I’m a Science Student Ambassador now too.

Q: Why do you come to Castro’s?
A: ’Cause it’s attached to the Physics Building, and I literally live right around the corner. And it’s the best on campus as far as I’m aware.

Q: If you weren’t going to Castro’s, where would you go?
A: At the Farmer’s Market the guy there brews his own and it’s so good. It actually tastes like spices instead of flavouring. I had one on Wednesday. It’s so good!

Q: If you could give science first years one piece of advice, what would it be?
A: Don’t worry if you’re not the smartest person in the room – learn to collaborate with your peers and not compete with them.

Farah – Books & Bites

Farah
Source: Cassie Lew

Order: Regular Flat White
Cost: $3.60
Farah’s rating: 4/5

Q: What are you studying?
A: I’m studying commerce – accounting and probably finance. Third year.

Q: Why do you come here?
A: ’Cause it’s always on the way to The Spot.

Q: How many coffees do you have per day?
A: Just one.

Q: Do you ever have more than one?
A: Yeah, during SWOTVAC.

Q: Do you ever get food from here?
A: Yeah, um, it depends. They usually have sesame chicken with rice, and it’s cheap – it’s like $8.90. I come here for lunch like three times a week. It’s good.

Q: If you could give first years one piece of general advice, what would it be?
A: (Laughing) Um, don’t take group assignments lightly.

Hamish – Standing Room

Hamish
Source: Cassie Lew

Order: Cappuccino
Cost: $3.70
Hamish’s rating: 4.5/5

Q: What are you studying and what is your coffee order?
A: I study a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting and finance and I switch it up between a cappuccino and a flat white.

Q: Are you part of any extra-curricular activities?
A: I’m the President of 180 Degrees Consulting and I actively participate in case competitions as well.

Q: How many coffees do you have a day?
A: Uh, depends on how intense my workload it. Normally it’s one but if I’m staying up a bit later at night I’ll have two or three a day.

Q: Have you ever bought food from here?
A: I have! I have gotten my favourite food to get from cafes which is a chocolate croissant. It’s quite good.

Q: If you could give first years one piece of general advice, what would it be?
A: Get involved in as much as you can at uni and get to know as many people as you can. It’ll help you in ways that you can’t quantify.

– Cassie

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