It’s important to take a break during the business of SWOTVAC and exams, so the team have prepared a list of our favourite places to chill out at Unimelb!
The lawn next to the Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The water here is so calming, and there are two cafes close by (Cafe Resource attached to the ERC and Shanti Bagwan Cafe in the Alice Hoy building).
Queen of Hearts Cafe (Located in the HUB, Southbank Campus)
It has couches, a student lounge area, nice seating, table tennis and a foosball table! To get the equipment you’ll have to ask the baristas to lend you table tennis equipment and the foosball ball! They also have great playlists playing in the background (i.e. 90s hits <3 ).
There are couches, blankets, bean bags, heat packs, you name it! All the necessities that keep you going. It feels homey pretty much!
Levels 2 and 3 of Arts West
Level 2 has beanbags. Enough said.
On Level 3, there’s a comfy corner that looks like a bed, and feels like a bed.
OK, maybe not on the actual concrete, but there’s a nice stretch of grass nearby, as well as some benches along the edge – making Concrete Lawns a great place to chill out on a studt break (and if you’re studying again next semester, when you have a break between your classes!).
An old favourite – South Lawn!
The perfect place to relax on a warm day, with a good view of the clock tower / Old Arts.
Rowden White Library
The classic, the one and only, the Rowden White Library. What else can you say about this magical place, other than it has tons of free stuff to borrow, as well as the legendary beanbag room where you’ll find couples hogging up space, Game of Thrones Screening and snores?
Outdoor study area
Located in between the Sidney Myer Asia Centre and the Eastern Resource Centre, this study space is so tranquil! Perfect for enjoying nice weather with a change of study environment.
Combine some fresh air with sunshine and exercise (exercise optional). There’s usually a few people kicking a footy around, or simply enjoy one of the most open spaces this close to the city.
Buy a beer or a coffee (or don’t). You’re mostly just there for chats under the tree.
System Garden – Tucked in behind Babel and Botany Buildings
Great spot to enjoy some sunshine and sit on the grass surrounded by some beautiful garden beds. Like South Lawn, an ‘oldy but a goody’! It’s a relaxing spot to sit down and enjoy your lunch, or to read.
The big steps outside the MSD (opposite Castro’s Kiosk)
An awesome spot for some sun and a lunch break, before heading back into the MSD for some study.
Our last favourite place to chill out isn’t on campus, but it’s only a short walk away…
All the best for SWOTVAC, everyone!
The Unimelb Adventures team