Speed Friending with UMSU

Without being on campus, it can be hard to make university friends!

Although, goodness knows, tutors try to get chats going in break out rooms, and lecturers drum up excitement around Canvas discussion boards, it can be hard to move past academic content and onto the fun stuff so you can really find your people!

The UMSU Host Program has got you! This year, Speed Friending is BACK (just this time on Zoom). A fail-safe way to quickly make friends and you don’t even need to leave your house!

Held within the loving embrace of some of UMSU’s autonomous departments (meaning departments run by and for students who identify as part of the community the Department represents) and their Arts and Media counterparts, this Zoom event will allow you to meet like-minded, friend-seeking students.

This is a great way to engage with UMSU and your university peers from wherever you are in the world! Whether this is your 1st year or your 4th, come along, find some pals! You never know who is out there waiting for you to meet them.

Come make some friends…FAST !  


Week 1  

Monday 1st March, 6pm – General Speed Friending  

Tuesday 2nd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Women’s Department* 

Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments  

Week 2  

Monday 8th March, 6pm- Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department* 

Tuesday 9th March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Queer Department* 

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm – General Speed Friending 

To figure out which event might be right for you, have a read below and click on the link to book into their Speed Friending session! 


Women’s Department*: 

The Women’s Department represents all women, non-binary, trans and gender-diverse students at the University of Melbourne. We run chill weekly collectives where you can socialise with other Gals and Enby Pals, educational events during our Feminist Fridays, as well as activist campaigns like Safety on Campus that combats sexual assault and harassment. 

Register with this Eventbrite to book into Speed Friending with the Women’s Department.


Creative Arts and Media Departments:  

You love art? We do too! Creative Arts and Media are here to help all students from all backgrounds and skill-sets find their arty fam and make art at uni. From arty parties to our student magazine Farrago, we have lots on offer so come along and find your people! 

 Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket to Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments. 


People of Colour Department*: 

We advocate for and support students of colour, whether by organizing welfare initiatives and social events or fighting for better representation on campus. There is definitely a space for you, you can express yourself and host an anti-racism workshop or submit a piece in Myriad. Pssst we have GREAT food 

Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket to Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department.


Queer Department* : 

The Queer Department is a safe place for all students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning. We hold events for all of you lovely queers to meet and get to know each other, and form a community at Unimelb. We also handle advocacy and grievances for queer issues at uni.

Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket to Speed Friending with the Queer Department. 


General Speed Friending:  

Hosted by the UMSU Host Program (the people that make your campus tours happen) this Speed Friending sesh is open to anyone so long as you’re a student!  We can’t wait to meet you!  

Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket!

*Please note events with an asterisk are autonomous and therefore are only open to those belonging to the communities described in the blurbs above.  



Are you a University of Melbourne Student? 

Are you looking for friends? 

Do you have a Zoom account? (we know you do if you answered yes to question 1)  

Sign up here for a Speed Friending session now!! 

Click going on our Facebook Event for some exclusive content in the lead up to SPEED FRIENDING.

The UMSU Host Program and their UMSU Departmental collaborators acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we live, work, and learn, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 


Beat that face, glue that lace and make them faint! We’re combining with the UMSU Creative Arts Department to bring you a Drag Workshop!

We’re so excited to be supporting a local drag artist and getting you confident with a make-up brush.

Happening Thursday 29th April at 4pm.

Bring your knitting, your drawing, your writing, anything you like! The queers are going to hang out online while we do our own creative works; it’s going to be a super chill, super fun, social (or silent, it’s up to you!), queer time. And on Midsumma week we can all make our very own pride stuff!

Running Tuesdays 4pm on Weeks 4, 7, and 10.

Being LGBTQIA+ in the workplace comes with a unique set of challenges. Do I want to come out? What can I wear? Who is there to protect me when things go wrong?

All these questions and more to be answered by queer industry professionals who have lived experience of being queer in the workplace.

Location: TBA, Wednesday 14th April at 5pm.

Get keen to catch up with your queer gals and your enby pals? Grab your popcorn and hunker down for a movie night!

Running on Zoom, Friday 2nd April at 6:30pm.

Wanting to exercise, but gyms are getting intimidating? We get it. With the help of MU Sport, we’re running gym sessions for people of all abilities, free from transphobia and homophobia, in the company of your fellow queers.

Whether you’re brand new and just trying to get your 30 minutes a week in, or a long-time junkie, we’ve got you covered.

Running Tuesday at 5pm on Weeks 3, 6, and 9.

Do you like bubble tea? We got you, boo.

Come to South Lawn for some bubble tea, infused with queer love and good vibes.

Happening Friday of Weeks 2 and 8 at 12pm.

Are you studying at Southbank? Are you queer or questioning? The Queer x Southbank Collective is happening right on your doorstep!

Come and socialise, meet other artsy queers, get support when you need it, and snacks!

Running on Zoom (for now), every second Tuesday 1-2pm.

Via this Zoom link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/89563703331… Password: 191862


Come on through to Ida Bar, take a load off, have a drink of whatever you like, and talk smack with the queer crew.

A drink token is provided along with food and snacks. We’ll be running on Zoom for now, with the intention of switching it up a bit throughout the semester – so stay tuned!

Running odd weeks (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11), Thursdays 5pm.

Are you queer or questioning? Do you have lived experience with a disability or mental health condition? This is the place for you!

Come and meet people just like you, socialise, get support when you need it, and talk about issues facing people with disabilities in the queer community (plus snacks).

Running Fridays 4-5pm, on Zoom (for now).

Via this Zoom link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/83077626182… Password: 581518