Top Ways to Meet People and Make Friends at SummerFest


Starting (or starting back) at uni can be a daunting experience. New subjects, new people and a whole lotta getting lost on campus (p.s., our Info Desk can help you with that!).

One thing that doesn’t have to be so daunting however is making new friends, and thanks to UMSU, meeting people and having a whole lotta fun outside of the classroom has never been easier!

So, let UMSU be your guide and come along to one of our top ways to meet other students and develop new friendships during SummerFest 👇


Join a Club or Society

Hate everyone in your tutes? No problemo — come along to the Clubs Expo at SummerFest and find your crowd! Did you know that there are 200+ student clubs and societies affiliated with UMSU? From niche interest clubs (Pirates club anyone?), to student theatre, music and course-specific societies, there really is something for everyone.


Get involved in a Student Department

UMSU student departments are groups of like-minded individuals who get together to represent student interests on campus, run a whole bunch of fun events throughout the year and make a squad of life-long friends while they’re at it. They run regular social events called “collectives“, where you can come hang out, eat some free food, watch a film screening, make cocktails, you name it!

You’ll find all the info on their websites — check them out below:

Women’s • Queer • International • Enviro • Indigenous • Creative Arts • Media • Disabilities • People of Colour • Activities • Welfare • Clubs & Societies • Education Academic • Education Public • Southbank Campus • Burnley Campus


Join a Host Tour

Host tours are run by experienced students from across UniMelb’s faculties who are here to help you get to know your way around campus, and answer all your burning questions about uni life. They’re a great way to get oriented, pick the brains of other students, and make new friends within your tour group! Host Tours are run at SummerFest.

Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, and Science students will be automatically assigned to a host group containing new students from your faculty.  You will likely receive a text message and/or email from your Host in the days before the program providing instructions on what time and where to meet at SummerFest, so watch out from this in your inbox (and junk mail)!  Make sure you reply so that your host knows you will be coming!

If you don’t hear from your host, are a postgraduate student, or get lost or arrive late to SummerFest, never fear!  We’ll also have tours departing from the Volunteering Hub (V-Hive) on the ground floor of Union House (opposite Union House Theatre) throughout the day which you are welcome to join without signing up in advance.  The tours will depart at the following times:

  • 10.00am
  • 11.00am
  • 12.00pm
  • 12.30pm
  • 1.00pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 2.00pm
  • 2.30pm

If you can’t make it on the day at all, we’ll also have tours departing from the V-Hive at 10.00am, 12.00pm, and 2.00pm on Monday 2nd March and Tuesday 3rd March, during Week 1 of semester. You are welcome to join any of these tours – no sign up required!

We are also excited to announce that we will be running three SPECIAL TOURS at SummerFest, all departing from the V-Hive and running for approximately 30-60 minutes.  Everyone is welcome to join a tour without signing up!

  • 1.30pm: Cuisine and refreshments (food and drink) tour
    Already feeling like a coffee or want to know where to go when you hear your stomach rumbling during your two-hour food science lecture?  Join this tour to find out the best locations to get food and drinks (of the non-alcoholic kind) on campus.
  • 2.00pm: Le musée et galeries (museum and galleries) tour
    Want to learn a thing or two about high culture on campus?  A lot of students don’t know that UniMelb has multiple museums and galleries around campus that you can access – you will not be one of them if you join this tour!
  • 2.30pm: Half work and half play makes me a fun student! (study and relaxation spots) tour
    Want to know where you can study… or where you can sleep?  You’ll find out both on this informative tour, prepared by hosts expert in these activities – everything from the best library study spots to the best outdoor snooze locations!

Please feel free to email us at hosts@union.unimelb.edu.au if you have any questions.  Otherwise, we look forward to welcoming you to the University of Melbourne in the coming weeks!

Southbank campus

At Southbank, Host tours will be taking place on Thursday 27th February.   Tours will depart at 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, and 3.00pm from SummerFest.  All new students are welcome with no sign ups required!

Southbank students who need or wish to use the facilities at Parkville are also invited to join a tour of this campus on Wednesday 26th February!

More info here


Speed Friending

Wednesday 26th February, 2020
Union Hall, Mezzanine Level, Union House

Get ready to make a whole bunch of new friends really fast because Speed Friending is on for SummerFest!

Whether you’re new on campus or if you just want to make some fresh connections, this is the perfect opportunity to get social and have some wholesome fun as we head into a new semester. It’s also a fantastic way to get confident with speaking to new people, or just to hear stories from different perspectives.

How does it work?

  1. Show up at 5pm at grab a seat at one of our long tables.
  2. When you hear the bell, start chatting and get to know the person across from you!
  3. After four minutes, another bell will ring and you’ll be matched with another new friend to meet.

That’s it! If you really connected with anyone in particular, make sure you swap details on the way out. Happy Speed Friending!


Take your pick from the All Events Calendar

The All Events Calendar on the UMSU website is basically your bible for what’s on. It has every activity, meetup, event and gig on campus, and is updated regularly. Feel like drinking Bubble Tea with the LGBT’s, joining a free art workshop, or seeing a theatre show on campus?

You’ll find all the deets here