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Get your essentials ready. Photo: CBE

Get your essentials ready. Photo: CBE

Semester 1, 2019 starter kit

15 February 2019

Getting used to life at university can take time. So we’ve put together some tips, advice and information to help you get started.

What else happens at CBE?

We know everyone needs a break from classes and studying, so we try to plan lots of fun activities and chances to meet other students. Free events you can expect this semester:

  • Pizza and Ping Pong—Free pizza and the chance to prove your table tennis prowess.

  • Yoga—Unwind and stretch the stress away with regular yoga and mindfulness sessions.

  • Public lectures—Not only do we get fantastic speakers in, these events are followed by free drinks and canapes. It can be a great chance to network with industry too.

  • Cooking classes—Open to first year students, these will help you fend for yourself and meet some new people.

What services are available to students?

  • CBE Careers advisory centre—CBE now has its own talented advisors to assist you with career pathways and professional improvement.

  • CBE student advisors—The CBE student advisors are here to help manage course options and answer degree-specific queries.

  • Health/wellbeing centre—ANU has recently upgraded its medical facilities and offers

  • Counselling centre—Just like physical health, it’s important to take care of your mental health. Study is taxing, so make sure you keep on top of your mental wellbeing.

  • Gym—Brand new Club Lime facilities, including two pools, a sauna and all the latest equipment.

  • ANUSA/PARSA—The undergraduate and postgraduate student societies.

  • ANU+—This is a volunteer program, open to all ANU students, and gives you the chance to get valuable work experience and have a positive impact.

What’s on in Canberra?

Canberra has a lot going on. Outdoors, national institutions and a growing food and music scene are just the beginning. Things to do:

  • “National” everything—Gallery, portrait gallery, museum, Parliament House, War Memorial, Botanic Gardens etc.

  • Escape rooms—At last count, more than 10 different rooms to try and they change often.

  • Hiking—The Namadgi National Park is a short drive away and there are some amazing walks in the Snowy Mountains to try.

  • Picnic at the lake—Almost any spot along Lake Burley Griffin makes for a great picnic and many of them have free barbeques to use too.

Where should I eat?

In the last few years, Canberra has undergone a foodie renaissance. There are amazing restaurants scattered all over the city and trying them out can be a great way to explore new areas.

  • Brodburger—It started as a single red van by the lake, now it’s a Canberra institution and for good reason.

  • Lazy Su—Great vibes with an innovative Japanese/Korean menu and lovely drinks.

  • Sweetbones—A vegan cafe and bakery, with amazing lunch and breakfast options.

  • XO—Run by some CBE alumni, it’s got a unique and varied menu of Chinese food.

  • Morks—Upmarket (but affordable), hatted contemporary Thai fusion. Worth every penny.

  • Akiba—Delicate and delicious Japanese food. $10 ramen for lunch on Thurs, Fri & Sat.

Where is that place?

Some essential places and local knowledge.

  • Kambri—It’s a brand new part of ANU, full of food and things to do for students.

  • Braddon—Once light-industry, now hipster mecca. Great eating options and chic shops.

  • Civic—Canberra’s CBD. All the main bars and brands are here as well as most services.

  • South coast—Two hours drive away is a stretch of NSW coast that Canberrans frequent, but luckily there are so many beautiful beaches to choose from that none get too busy.



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Updated:   1 March 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team