SummerFest Online: 23 & 25 February from 11am to 2pm

Meet your student representatives and learn more about your UMSU departments!

It would be kind of weird if the student union wasn’t actually run by students, right? There are a bunch of student representatives who work around the clock to ensure the activities and opportunities available to you are as fun and relevant as possible. Basically every area of uni life (and life in general) is covered by one of these departments. Hosted on Hopin (more info below) you can cruise around the virtual booths to chat with your student reps, learn more about UMSU’s departments or discover the perfect Club for you to find your new uni pals!


  • Some of the super-fun things you’ll see in the booths, on stages, in conversations and workshops at SummerFest Online
  • Details on how to join the SummerFest Online event in Hopin (hint – get setup in advance!)
  • Tips on how to make your SummerFest Online experience flow without those annoying glitches that technology likes to throw at us.
  • Important info about the hows and whys we’re hosting SummerFest Online in 2021


Here’s some of the awesome stuff you can expect:

23 Feb


🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Aunty Di Kerr

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre  playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU



🌟 11:30am–12pm: Cook simple meals on a student budget in Cultural Cooking with UMSU’s POC and International departments.

🌟  12.00-1:00pm: Cook Vietnamese spring rolls with UMSU’s Enviro and Welfare departments



🌟 11:00am-12:45pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11.15am – 2pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:20-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:20am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’! Join your Creative Arts student reps in their live crafty corner for some sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11:30am-12:00pm: Chat with UMSU’s Disability department about what they’ve got planned for this semester.

🌟  11:30am-2:00pm: UMSU Education Public Affairs present: Get to know the department, get involved and ask questions!!

🌟 12:30–1:30pm: Learn about dismantling racism at the People of Colour Active Anti-Racism workshop. *This workshop is non-autonomous, and non-POC people are encouraged to attend.

🌟 12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Tech – Join the UHT team to chat through processes for designing for the stage.

🌟 1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Brigit and Lindsay the Disability Officers.

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Intro to Feminist Collectives: live workshop with the Women’s department

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – getting to know the Welfare Department (with prizes!)


25 Feb


🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Uncle Dave Wandin

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU



🌟12:00-12:30pm: Queer x Disabilities Panel

🌟1:30-2:00pm: Media x Women’s Workshop/Live Discussion on Representation of Women/Non-Binary People of Colour in the Arts.



🌟 11:15am-1:00pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’ – Join your Creative Arts student representatives in their live crafty corner and get some of that sweet, sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11.15am – 1pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Find out about the Disabilities department and their upcoming events

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – UMSU and University hacks (with prizes!)

🌟 12:00-1:00pm: Enviro Tree-via, a fun kahoot quiz with the Enviro department

🌟 12:30-2:00pm: Kahoot with UMSU EdPub with questions relating to activism, UniMelb, Australian politics and more.

🌟12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Performance – Come chat with UHT team about performance opportunities available to you.

🌟1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Lindsay and Brigit the Disability officers for 2021.


How to join the SummerFest Online Hopin event.

(STEP 1) Open the event link:

  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 23 February is here
  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 25 February is here 

(STEP 2) Create a login using your UniMelb student email address, and ensure you read the Code of Conduct for participating in the event.

(STEP 3) Click ‘UMSU SummerFest Online’

(STEP 4) Click ‘Enter event’

(STEP 5) Access the different sections via the toolbar on the left:

Stage: Check out the fantastic line up of entertainment. Featured content will be presented like the Welcome to Country, UMSU President’s address, and more

Sessions:  A selection of live sessions with your student representatives which occur at scheduled times throughout the event.

Expo: Browse the various Clubs and Departments or use the search function to look for something specific.  Click on one of the virtual booths to join that space.

Networking:  Meet other students and your student representatives. Click on the Ready button for a minute or two of brief chat with another student chosen at random. After the chat, if you both agree, you’ll have the option to exchange contact details so you can stay connected with the person you have just talked to.  


Tips for the best event experience:

  • Use Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser
  • Use your desktop or laptop rather than phone
  • Close your other apps and internet tabs if you’re experiencing lag
  • Refresh your page if you get stuck

Keep an eye on the UMSU SummerFest page and follow UMSU on on Facebook and Instagram to stay across important updates, free events you don’t want to miss, and the occasional spicy meme.



Got more questions? Check out the SummerFest Hopin FAQs here and READ THE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Based on public health advice and the University of Melbourne’s  implementation of social distancing measures, UMSU continues to host the majority of our events online.

For the limited number of in person events, happening on campus, we continue to undertake continues government-recommended measures for all of our in-person events. If you’re coming to campus, make sure you carefully read the unimelb guidelines so you know your responsibilities to help us keep our campuses safe for everyone. Don’t come to campus if you are unwell.  Find out more about coming to campus on the UniMelb coming to campus page. Make sure you complete the online health declaration before coming as we may need proof of completion to enter UMSU events and spaces.

We also understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone and we encourage you to check in on each other, help each other out where possible, and to continue to monitor and comply with public health advice. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.


Have any burning questions about uni that you need answers to? Online orientation leave you needing more information? Uni 101 aims to answer all these questions and more! Need to know about Advocacy? Collectives you want to join? Need help with a Myki fine, or just want some opinions about coffee on campus? This session has you covered!


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UMSU Education acknowledges that this event takes place on stolen land. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. We also acknowledge this land was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

Carnival Day 2019

Tuesday 26 February 2019,
South Lawn

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Carnival Day is the official opening to SummerFest and one heck of a welcome party for all new and returning students, staff and friends of the University of Melbourne community.

Say hello to UMSU (your student union) in style with giveaways, games, live entertainment and much more. There’s something for everyone, whether you’ve got energy to burn or just want to find a nice place to chill and read about the new life ahead of you.

Keep an eye out for Hooptopia at the Union House Theatre marquee. While you’re there, get a free 80s hair makeover from our friendly stylists. Once you’re looking fierce, stop by the Advocacy and Legal tent to find out more about these amazing services (and grab some happy snaps from their photobooth).

Visit UMSU Activities to find out the rad bands and parties they’ll be hosting throughout the semester and score some tickets to Union House Sleepover and Start of Uni Party. Still keen for more? Stop by UMSU International’s tent to grab a goodie bag and sign up for their fun adventure tours!

Munch on free fairy floss and win prizes with UMSU Welfare and wash it down with popcorn, shaved ice and rad chats with your UMSU Disabilities reps. Catch up with your UMSU Education representatives and learn about the important campaigns they’ll be running this year to make your time at uni an all-round better experience. Introduce yourselves to our lovely reps from UMSU People of Colour and win prizes with their carnival games – or just indulge in the free snacky things they have on offer.

Meet the fun folk from UMSU Queer, get some glitter for yo face and a zine to take home. Speaking of, don’t forget to stop by the UMSU Media stall to find out how you can be involved in Farrago Magazine, Radio Fodder and more!

Of course, take some time to visit the UMSU Clubs & Societies tent to grab a Clubs Guide and prepare yourself for the Clubs Expos later in the week!

Meet the UMSU Women’s department, get a rad tote bag and find out how they’ll be working hard for gender equality across the campus and in the wider community. Make sure you take some time to meet UMSU Enviro, nom some free rice paper rolls, enjoy a chai and find out how they can show you the door to sustainable thinking and effective activism.

North Beach

Had enough of the noise and sun? Come on up to North Court at Union House and enjoy the chill beach space. Yup, we’re trading bricks for sand to give you a nice quiet space to relax and decompress 🙂

UMSU Education Collective

Wait, what is this?
Are there things about your education that piss you off? Are you into higher ed policy? Do you froth activism, student engagement, and fighting for what you believe?

Education Action Collective is a space from 12-1 every Thursday this semester to chat about these things and more. You can meet your Education Officers, find out what they’re doing, and bring shit things (or good things) about your time at Uni. It’s a space to meet other people who are into education issues. And there’s a free lunch too, put on by the Department, so what more do you want?

Who or what is the UMSU Education Department?

We’re your peak student representatives on Education issues at this University. The Department is split into Education Academic (who advocate for better course design, assessment, student support, and otherwise deal with internal University governance) and Education Public (who run student-facing campaigns, protests and other forms of activism on higher education policy and big issues on campus). We are Georgia and Josh (Academic) and Noni and Charlie (Public). Come say hi!

What are the deets?
Where: Graham Cornish B
When: 12-1pm, every Thursday during Semester (so not during the mid-sem break)

Want a chance to study with some free grub* and good company?

UMSU Education is running “Study with Ed” – just a chill hour and a half in Graham Cornish A with a free lunch courtesy of your Education OB’s. Good tunes, good company, good study time!

Every Tuesday 12:30-2pm, Graham Cornish A until the end of exams.

Hope to see you there!

* Free grub = free pizza 😉

UMSU Education Collective

This is a fortnightly space for you to get a free lunch and discuss…well, your education! What sucks, what works, what you hate, what you love.

Every fortnight your Ed officers come with a topic or two to spark discussion, but it’s your space to munch food and bring your thoughts on things like:

  • Higher ed and tertiary education in Australia – how it happens, what our government’s doing, and how to make education free again;
  • How the University operates, and how your Education department can fights for it;
  • What changes are happening in our uni about our courses, subjects, assessment, and teaching – how it affects us, and how we fight the shit bits; and
  • How to be an effective activist in fighting for free education.

We’re students, that’s what we’re here for – so grab some lunch, meet cool like-minded people, and get involved 🙂

Union House Sleepover

Friday, 23 February
7pm onwards
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Roll up, Roll up!! Grab your dancing shoes, grab your friends and party all night with your soon to be closest 500+ friends!!

UMSU Activities, in conjunction with Welfare, Queer, People of Colour, Disabilities, Clubs and Societies, Women’s, Environments, Media, Creative Arts, Education and Indigenous are joining together to bring you 12 hours of action-packed, humour filled, all round gigantic party!

We kick off with live comedy, live Band and a FREE BBQ dinner from 7pm in the Northest of Courts (North Court).

From 10pm until 7am the following day, Union House is your playground, filled with Student Departments running these activities and lots, lots more!

  • All night Dancefloor
  • All night Harry Potter movie marathon
  • Roaming Silent Disco
  • Environmental Disaster Haunted House
  • All night live Radio Broadcasts and interviews
  • Karaoke
  • Workshops including sewing, crocheting, knitting, and loads more!
  • Midnight Pizza Feast
  • Chocolate, fairy floss and popcorn
  • Public Speakers
  • Slam Poets
  • Live comedy
  • Tours of Union House and its history
  • Chill out zones in the Women’s and Queer Spaces
  • FREE Breakfast + so much more!!

There will be plenty of room to sleep and a cloakroom to store your things while you are busy enjoying yourself, but why sleep really?

There is also all night public transport if the lure of your own bed is too much.

Tickets are only $25 and will be sold at the UMSU Activities Carnival Day Stall. After that, you can pick up remaining tickets at the Union House info desk, or at the UMSU Activities office on Level 1, Union House.

Carnival Day

19 July, 11am-3pm
Concrete Lawn / Union Lawn
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The BIG one! Our opening event for WinterFest and the official welcome back to campus for new and returning students. Say hello in style with giveaways, games, live entertainment, chill spaces and much more. We’re turning Concrete Lawn into a winter wonderland of cosy vibes, free stuff and tasty food.

Carnival runs from 11AM to 3PM, but time’s gonna fly once you see it all; get your free food, see the live entertainment and grab those great giveaways.

If you’re a new student, get the most out of your day by tagging along with one of our Host Program campus tours so you can enjoy the day with a bunch of new friends! Most importantly, get a tour of the University from the people who know it best – our fellow students.

So what’s actually going down at Carnival?

Short answer: a hell of a lot, so make sure you allocate a big chunk of time on this day to fit everything in.

By this we mean to see what’s going on and get acquainted with all the awesome UMSU services that exist. Visit their stalls and have a chat to the friendly department representatives!

When lunchtime comes don’t worry, you’re not going to go hungry amongst the feast of free food that’ll be available on the day! Take your pick: picnics, popcorn, hot soup, fairy floss, herbal tea – and so on and so on. Also get your hands on those awesome giveaways and freebies!

If you’re looking for something more low-key there’s also a smorgasbord of chill spaces to check out: the Rowden White Library pop-up will give you a taste of Melbourne’s coolest pop culture library (located right here in Union House!), the Queer and PoC departments are hosting colouring and badge-making stations, Disabilities are setting up a relaxing chillout space and Enviro will be serving up hot vegan soup!

If you want to sign up for UMSU International’s foodie, snowy or Aussie adventures – make sure you visit their stall to sign up! (Look for the big blue hands)

ALSO – Don’t forget to grab your tickets to the next Union House House Party by UMSU Activities! They’ll be available for purchase for a measly $10.

Why not get to know new friends over a game of giant jenga or connect four? Or else head to the Media marquee to score a cheeky tote and some Farrago magazines.

We’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy amongst all this fun!