• 20 May 2019, 9:00am to 24 May 2019, 5:00pm
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Take a break from your studies to recharge at the De-stress Fest from 20–24 May. There will be daily giveaways and free activities including therapy dogs, free coffee and fruit, colouring, massage chairs, games, yoga, health checks, a petting zoo, lunchtime walks and a whole lot more.

Daily giveaways

Checkout these daily freebies available at the following service desks:

Colouring stations

There will be free colouring stations running all day from 20–24 May at the following library locations:

  • City Flinders library
  • City Flinders VUHQ
  • City Queen library
  • Footscray Park library
  • Footscray Park VUHQ
  • Footscray Nicholson library
  • Footscray Nicholson VUHQ
  • St Albans library
  • St Albans VUHQ
  • Werribee library
  • Werribee VUHQ.

Lunchtime sport sessions

Lunchtime sport sessions will run from 12–1pm on Friday 24 May at the following campuses:

  • Footscray Nicholson Campus (Level 5, Building D) from 11.30am–1.30pm (extended time)
  • St Albans Campus (Fitness Centre, Building 11S)
  • Sunshine Campus (Recreation Hall, Building E)
  • Werribee Campus (Fitness Centre, Gate 4, Building 7).

Free relaxation massage treatments

Book online with the code 'De-Stress Promo' and present your student/staff ID at the time of payment.

Massages are subject to availability. Offer valid for one hour relaxation treatments only, remedial treatments are not included. 

The organisers

De-stress Fest is organised by Student Life, VU SportVU Library and VUSU with funding from Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF).

Additional activities at selected campuses

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs are furry friends trained to assist with anxiety, stress and depression

  • When: Monday 20 May from 10am–12pm
  • Where:  In front of VUHQ (Building M), Footscray Park Campus.

Yoga Nidra – sleep-based meditation

  • When: Monday 20 May from 11.30am–12.30pm 
  • Where: PB108, Footscray Park Campus.


When: Tuesday 21 May from  5–6pm,
Where: Level 1 courts (Building L), Footscray Park Campus.

Petting zoo, live music, face painting and bbq 

When: Wednesday 22 May from  12–2pm
Where: Building P Courtyard, Footscray Park Campus. 


When: Wednesday 22 May and Friday 24 May from 1–2pm
Where: Aquatic and Fitness Centre (Building L), Footscray Park Campus. 

Welfare seminar

Listen to various speakers discussing mental  health issues affecting students today. 

When: Wednesday 22 May from 2.30–4.30pm.
Where: Room D231 (Building D)

Try a sport with VU Sport

All fitness levels welcome

When: Thursday 23 May  from 3–4pm
Where: Level 1 courts (Building L), Footscray Park Campus.

Table Tennis 

When: Friday 24 May from 3–4pm
Where: Level 1 courts (Building L0, Footscray Park Campus.

VU River Runners

30 minute run around Footscray Park 
When: Wednesday 22 May from  4.30–5.30pm
Where: Meet at the Aquatic and Fitness Centre (Building L), Footscray Park Campus.

Giant games and puzzles

When: 20–24 May from 9am–5pm
Where: Footscray Park Library (Level 2, Building P).

Free massage chair

When: 20–24 May from 9am–5pm
Where: Footscray Park Library (Level 2, Building P).

VU River Walkers

30 minute lunchtime walk around Footscray Park for all fitness levels

When: 20–24 May from 12.15pm
Where: Meet at the Aquatic and Fitness Centre (Building L), Footscray Park Campus.  

Therapy Dogs 

When: Monday 20 May from 1–3pm
Where: Footscray Nicholson Library (Level 2, Telford Building).

Therapy dogs  

When: Tuesday 21 May from 11am–1pm,
Where: St Albans VUHQ (Building 4N).

Jigsaw puzzles 

Improve learning and memory while having fun 
When: 9am–5pm, 20–24 May 
Where: St Albans Library (Level 2, Building 7).

De-stress zone

When: Tuesday 21 May at 11am
Where: St Albans VUHQ  (Building 4N).

When: Tuesday 21 May at 12.30pm
Where: Fitness Centre (Building 11S), St Albans Campus.

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