Top 5 places to chill around campus
Hungry, people-phobic or in need of a new study oasis? Eleni Carydis guides you through the best places around UTS that are there to help you breathe between classes.
We're approaching the end of the autumn semester, also known as every uni student's nightmare, and it's time to find those idyllic safe havens from the study stress. Here is a list of my favourite places to wind down or study when I need to avoid the craziness that is life on-campus.
1. The Goods Line
It may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think ‘relaxation’, but that’s probably because in the mad rush to get to your lecture in the Powerhouse, you haven’t stopped to look around. Aside from the fact that you might see a few city-dwellers working out on the park gym equipment (unless that’s a creepy added bonus for you), this place is relatively quiet and has plenty of benches and tables, so you can soak up all those godly sun rays - perfect for taking a moment to yourself.
2. Brainwave Café, 732 Harris St
This café is unbelievably cosy, an added benefit for the coming colder months! It’s situated in an alley, perfectly protected from the hustle and bustle of the city, and prepares amazing café style and Thai fusion food if you’ve got the nibbles. If that’s not enticing enough, perhaps their large, gourmet tea variety will remind you that heaven is a place on Earth. They also have a dinner happy hour every Monday to Friday, 4-6pm. It may seem like I’m just hyping this place up, but I’d call it a guaranteed pick-me-up if ever there was one.
3. The Learning Precinct (Building 11)
So maybe you aren’t crazy stressed and you feel like putting your head down and getting through some work. The Learning Precinct has everything you need: computers, desks, quiet study spaces, and study rooms galore. If you’re an IT or Engineering student you have the benefit of having it open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Regardless of what you study, though, this hot spot is sure to cater for all those late night cram sessions as the heat of the semester rolls around.
4. Penny Lane Cafe (Building 11)
Hunger shakes in its boots when it hears the name, Penny Lane. On top of being nice and tucked away from the chaos of UTS, for $10 you can grab a filling daily lunch special, perfect for any starved uni student. You can guarantee yourself a fine drop of coffee, too, and if you want something a little stronger, for $5 you can grab the house beer or wine any time of the day. This joint is ideal for anyone looking to delight their taste buds between cramming without doing serious damage to their wallets (i.e. Every uni student. Ever.).
5. Building 5C courtyard
It may not be the perfect place as we come up to the colder months, but if you rug up with warm winter woollens, you can still soak up some rays in between classes. Building 5 can feel like it sits in a world of its own. If you want to get a bit of fresh air or grab a snack from the UTS’ art of food Cafe, this place is convenient and has cute little table lights with powerpoints.
When we form habits and head to the same areas week in and week out, it’s hard to notice the new places around us. So, breathe. Hit up some new joints. Take yourself out of the hustle and bustle.
It’s easy to forget what they mean when they say the ‘best years of your life’, if most of your days see the inside of lecture theatres.
This article is brought to you by Eleni Carydis, a first-year law and journalism student who spends her days laughing at the wind and thinking about how the sun will inevitably explode one day.