At this stage due to Melbourne’s snap lockdown no in-person events will be taking place on campus. However, please watch this space for updates based on public health advice.

❄️ How to Make Friends at WinterFest! ❄️

Whether you’re new or returning, uni can be a daunting experience. But thanks to UMSU, meeting new people and having fun has never been easier!

One of the best things about WinterFest? There are SO MANY opportunities to meet other students just like you – you may even meet your future bestie! If your mission is to find your uni tribe, we’ve got a heap of online events to help. Keen to get your social butterfly on? Let UMSU be your guide! 👇


1. Join a Club or Society

Come along to this year’s Clubs and Societies days, and find your people! Whether you love baking, business, yoga or Star Trek, with over 250+ clubs, there’s something for everyone! Check out these videos for a taste test of what UMSU Clubs have to offer!


2. Get involved in a Student Department 

UMSU student departments are groups that hang out, represent student interests and run a whole bunch of fun events! They run regular social events called “collectives“, where you can come hang out, watch a film screening, share your fav meme, 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


3. 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.

Find out all about Host Tours here!

4. Make fast friends with Speed Friending

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

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.

We’ve got a whole series of Speed Friending events happening during WinterFest. Check out which session which best suits your vibe here.


5. Take your pick from the All Events Calendar

The All Events Calendar on the UMSU website is basically your bible for what’s on. Feel like drinking Bubble Tea with the LGBTs, joining a free art workshop, some speed-friending or seeing a theatre show on campus? Head to the All Events Calendar!

Below is a snapshot of just a few of the events where you’ll be able to meet new squad members. Don’t forget to check out the full WinterFest program here!