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Top 10 free things to do this semester

6 July 2018
Get your share of freebies with food, music, art and talks

Outside the lecture halls and labs, the University of Sydney is still abuzz with activity. If you've got some time up your sleeve, check out some of the best free on-campus events to keep you entertained this semester. 

1. Catch a Sydney Ideas talk

Each week, our academics and guest lecturers tackle provocative topics and global issues in our popular Sydney Ideas series. 

This semester, join in as leading experts discuss, debate and examine jellyfish behaving badly? (Tuesday 14 August), the end of time (Thursday 16 August), voices from the ashes (Thursday 6 September) and the birth of state in Greater Mesopotamia (Tuesday 23 October).

That’s just a taste, so check out the full schedule and register for free online.

2. Buy and sell at the markets

From new and pre-loved treasures, to fashion, art and everyday student essentials, you can always find some bargain gems at the USU’s on-campus markets. You can also set up your own stall to sell your wares and make some extra cash.

The markets are held monthly on Eastern Avenue throughout semester.

3. Chill out at a lunchtime concert

Our talented student musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are going places – catch them before they’re famous at one of our free (or gold coin donation) concerts. The Lunchbreak concert series is a weekly highlight – these shows will make you feel super cultured. Check out the concerts and events

4. Attend a free English workshop

If you’re new to Australia, take advantage of weekly free language discussion groups and learn some things you may not have learned in your English class. It’s a great way to make some new friends whilst learning all about Aussie slang, food and culture.

5. Score free food and entertainment

Unwind free food and entertainment on select Wednesdays throughout semester, thanks to the USU’s ACCESSeats. If it’s a lunchtime laugh you need, head over to Manning Bar on a Thursday from 1–2pm to watch some of our funniest student improvisers battle it out for Theatresports glory. 

6. Sample some art and history

Every month, the USU’s Verge Gallery hosts two exhibitions, showcasing talented local and student artists in a variety of mediums and styles.

And next time you’re in the Quad, drop into the Nicholson Museum, a campus staple for 157 years with fascinating artifacts much, much older than that.

7. Learn how to life

From cooking for yourself and travelling on a student budget to knowing your rights and managing stress, there’s a whole lot of learning to do once you hit uni. Luckily, the USU runs a series of How to Life workshops – they're a great way to gain some skills you don’t learn in a classroom. 

8. Get scientific

Can we chart the world of viruses? Find out about the virusphere at the Sydney Science Forum this semester.

9. Take care of your mind

Mindfulness can help us to be less caught up in stress, worry and low mood by allowing us to develop a greater capacity to engage in our lives by being more fully present. Use these guided exercises on mindfulness and relaxation to get started.

Stay balanced throughout semester with a variety of free CAPS workshops to help with managing time, stress, mood and procrastination.

10. Take care of your body

If you're feeling the team spirit, put faculty pride on the line and sign up for free interfaculty sport. Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness are also offering a free water safe program for those with little to no experience in the water, to get you ready for summer at the beach.