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Top 10 free things to do this semester

10 March 2017
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 the  health effects of sugar (15 March), the rise of new-age slavery in digital media industry (30 March) and what the Trump administration will mean for US environmental law (4 April).

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 fortnightly 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 lunchtime concerts.

Some highlights include the Wind Symphony’s The America’s on 6 April and the Symphony Orchestra’s performance on 3 May; these shows will make you feel super cultured.

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 might 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 on the Law Lawns with free food and entertainment each Wednesday during semester, thanks to the USU’s FUNCH.

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 by 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.

 The USU’s How to Life series is a great way to gain some skills you don’t learn in a classroom.

8. Get scientific

Can hugs be used to combat substance addictions? What does Dr Karl think about time travel? Can big data be squeezed into nanocircuits? Find out at the Sydney Science forum’s talks this semester.

9. Take care of your mind

Bringing you napping tents, free massages and therapy dogs, Health and Wellbeing Day on 15 March is all about looking after yourself. Keep that balance throughout semester with a variety of free CAPS workshops to help with managing time, stress, mood and procrastination.

10. Take care of your body

While you normally have to pay for an SUSF dance, yoga or Pilates class, this week you can attend for free. Check out the list of classes.

Plus, there are free hour-long Nike+ Training Club workouts every Tuesday and Thursday during semester.