Life at Southbank can get pretty stressful. It is perfectly normal for the long days and tough assessments to take their toll. University is about more than that though, it’s about making friends and knowing that there is a community that has your back.

Union Social is a fortnightly social event for students of Southbank campus who want a space to be social, blow off some steam, and grab some free food. The event is hosted at the UMSU Space on Level 2 of The Hub Building (863), above the Library. During Semester 1, Union Social will be hosted on Thursdays during odd weeks from 5.30-8pm. Dates for Semester 1 are:

  • March 5th 2020, 5.30-8pm (week 1)
  • March 19th 2020, 5.30-8pm (week 3)
  • April 2nd 2020, 5.30-8pm (week 5)
  • April 23rd 2020, 5.30-8pm (week 7)
  • May 7th 2020, 5.30-8pm (week 9)
  • May 21st 2020, 5.30-8pm (week 11)

Bring yourself and you can expect some free pizza (vegan and gluten free options available) and some board games facilitated by Melbourne based play-making collective, PlayReactive

This event is a wheelchair accessible event.

This is the start of something big.

UMSU Southbank presents: FUN: Southbank Welcome Drinks

If you’re fresh into the VCA or MCM, welcome! If you’re returning, welcome back!

We know Orientation week can be daunting: a bombardment of information, a plethora of new systems to get your head around, dozens of decisions to be made and a future to be had! This is the start of something big.

Join us, your student union, at Script Bar on February 27th from 5.30pm in adding a little bit of fun to the week. FUN is an opportunity to take the pressure off, let your hair down, figure out what we’re about, and meet new mates. Above all, it’ll be a bit of fun.


This event follows Welcome Day on February 27th from 5.30pm. Booking a ticket in advance is absolutely essential (due to venue capacity). After you have booked a ticket, flash your student card at the door on the night and you can expect a drink on us, some food and some good times!

Terms of entry:
Licensed event | +18 ID required to acquire any alcoholic beverages UMSU is committed to promoting safe and responsible service of alcohol.

Join the Facebook event


The Music Students Society will be holding an SGM to propose amendments to their constitution and to elect new committee members to vacant positions.


VCA Mini SummerFest

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 February

Head on down to the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) campus for two massive days of SummerFest fun! Hit up the live music stage for great entertainment alongside a free and delicious BBQ. You’ll also be able to catch free film screenings, cool off with a slushie or catch some cool performances from our talented friends in the creative arts.

We’ll be bringing down a cohort of clubs so you can make new friends right off the bat, then visit our marquees to chat with your student rep, grab some giveaways and see what UMSU services are available to you.

Find the fun outside Queen of Hearts cafe!

Please note: VCA Mini SummerFest is “Mini” in name only, not in nature.

In partnership with Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Victorian College of the Arts is wickedly excited to bring you FRISK 2016!

Featuring some of VCA’s best and brightest, the FRISK 2016 lineup will challenge, inspire, entertain and mesmerise, as productions tackle dingoes, missing prime ministers, agoraphobia and everything in between!

A Dingo Ate my Baby / Small Brown Supporting Role (Double Bill)

Delve into a world of impromptu raps, dangerous dingoes, decisions and regrets/#noregrets. A Dingo Ate My Baby is a black comedy cabaret about a woman’s right to choose.

Small Brown Supporting Role turns conventional white wisdom on its head and presents you with a world that challenges you to see beyond black and white.

Bag of D*cks

Kyle’s come home. To get married. His new city mates plan to put the bang in his buck but his country roots run deep and the ‘best night ever’ is somehow going terribly wrong. An examination of antiquated male rituals and the tensions of mateship. Bag of D*cks: the whitest of black comedies.

HOLT! Who Goes There?

What really happened to Harold Holt? A fantastical underwater adventure, drenched in conspiracy and mystery. Australia’s 17th Prime Minister, thrust into a world of new policies, grasping for understanding like a fish out of water. Is it the fever dream of a dying man? Or is it the truth? Dive in and sea.

Life on Repeat

Person stands at edge of roof.
‘I just want it to stop. Stop thinking’.

The human mind can experience 36,000 thoughts in a single minute. Life on Repeat follows one consciousness split into six bodies. The past behind them and a clear future one step in front. Witness a moment of life exploded into an eternity of thought.


Haven’t called your Mother in a while?

She carried you for nine months, she fed you, she clothed you, friending her on Facebook is not a lot to ask now, is it?

In this dark comedy five daughters will delve deep into the beauties, horrors, complexities and extremities of mother-daughter relationships.

There will be blood of the uterine kind!

Three Blind Mice

The world is a scary place. What would happen if you decided never to leave your house? Meet Shaz, the agoraphobic hoarder battling a rodent infestation, whose reality is slowly being nibbled away. Squeeze through the mouse-hole of this absurdist comedy and explore the effects of fear and loneliness in a world where hiding from reality is not as easy as you’d imagine.

Full $17.50 / Concession $12.50
Visit Melbourne Fringe for tickets and sessions!

Venue: FRISK Hub, 28 Dodds St, Southbank, 3006


Join the NTEU University of Melbourne BranchUMSU Education and The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association as we present a screening of Ivory Tower, and discuss how we can campaign against Abbott and Pyne’s plan to Americanise our Universities.

This is a free screening open to all staff, students and community members, Light refreshments will be provided, so don’t forget to secure your ticket via the eventbrite link above.

About the Film:
In the US, as tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes US$1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?

From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State – among several others – Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the US, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure.

Ultimately, Ivory Tower asks, what price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionise university as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?

RSVP: Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/avUF3i                             Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/776617929117443/


When a piece of legislation is announced that is seen as detrimental to students, students across the country protest simultaneously in a National Day of Action. These occur in every capital city, some regional cities and generally include a rally, the idea  being that students are much stronger if they act together.

This year, students may see the cost of their degree skyrocket to $100,000, under the Coalition Government’s plan to deregulate university fees, alongside a range of other, equally disastrous policies. Modelling has shown these plans to hit lower-income students and women hardest of all. Students will participate in National Days of Action throughout the year, to fight this legislation and campaign on accessible, quality, affordable education for all.

This legislation has been defeated twice in the Senate so far, but students and our allies need to ensure that deregulation and funding cuts are taken off the table permanently!

The first two National Days of Action for 2015 were on Wednesday 25th of March and Wednesday 20th of May, and each saw a cohort of Melbourne Uni students march from campus down to the State Library, where we met up with fellow students from around the state to protest these harmful reforms.

Join us in protest on Wednesday, 19 of August for our next National Day of Action against deregulation and funding cuts! We’ll hold a free BBQ from 12pm, before departing from South Lawn at 1:30pm, to march down to the State Library where we’ll join students from other campuses.

The Facebook event for the UMSU contingent to the NDA can be found here:

The Abbott Government has decided that two failures are not enough – the 2015-2016 budget shows they’re going to keep pushing to deregulate university fees AND cut funding by an average of 20% per Commonwealth Supported Place.

This is an outrageous display of utter disregard for both the wishes of students (and the broader public) and what is best for students and universities.

Join us in protest, to call for MORE public funding, not less. We’ll meet on South Lawn and march down to the State Library to meet up with students from other campuses.

Demand a better future. UMSU says NO to deregulation.

Facebook event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/432124446956014/

State event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1568941363393821/

Luna Park? 3 hours? Unlimited rides? $20?

That’s right. Your friendly, neighbourhood Activities departments are teaming up for the first time ever to bring you a new all ages event to end O week with a bang! Come join us on the Friday of O week for a whole lot of fun, as we rent out the whole of Luna Park 4-7pm for this massive private event.

Tickets are available from the info desk at union house all during O week, or from the Activities stall on South Lawn on the Tuesday of O week

Ticket Sales Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/405623772934396

Come have a great time with the dynamic duo, UMSU and MSA Activities.
Please note that this is a dry event

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/991148607581750/