The University of Newcastle, Australia

There’s so much more to uni than lectures, labs, tutorials and assignments. By chilling out on campus and getting involved in student life, you open yourself up to making friends and discovering new hobbies and passions – all while giving your brain a much-deserved break during a day of study!


1. Have a picnic with friends

A budget-friendly way to refuel and get outdoors all at once, pack some snacks and enjoy them with some pals in Civic Park near NeW Space, Scobie Heath at Callaghan or by the water at Ourimbah.

2. Bike ride along Honeysuckle

It’s hard to not feel relaxed when you’re on the 2km-long harbour side strip which runs from Newcastle West to Nobbys Beach known as Honeysuckle - add a bike to the equation and you’ll feel like you’re on holidays between classes! Don’t have a bike of your own? Fear not! There are electric bike hire facilities at three locations along Honeysuckle, and they even offer concession pricing for students.

3. Get active

Studying at UON gives you access to state-of-the-art sport and rec facilities all for student-friendly prices. Whether you’re a fan of group fitness, swimming, rock-climbing or prefer doing your own thing – there’s something for everyone at the Forum. Study at Ourimbah? The new covered outdoor recreation area (CORA) provides a great place for students to get active and socialise.

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4. Start a pool comp with your friends

Challenge your brain in a different way by mastering the art of pool. There are tables at both the GT Bar and Bar on the Hill at our Callaghan campus, within the Millery precinct at our Ourimbah campus and just a short walk from NeW Space at the Clarendon Hotel.

5. Get involved with the Community Garden

Gardening is great activity for your mental and physical well being. At our Community Garden, you’ll meet new people and make new friends, sample some fresh organic produce, and be part of something sustainable. Check out the Facebook page to stay up to date with Community Garden events.

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By chilling out on campus and getting involved in student life, you open yourself up to making friends and discovering new hobbies and passions.