• 14 October 2019, 9:00am to 18 October 2019, 5:00pm
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Take a break from your studies to recharge at De-Stress Fest. There will be daily giveaways and free activities including therapy dogs, free coffee and fruit, colouring, massages, games, yoga, sporting activities, live music, lunch time walks and a whole lot more.

Daily giveaways

Check out these daily freebies available at the following library and VUHQ service desks:

  • City Flinders library – fresh fruit, free coffee vouchers
  • City Queen library – fresh fruit
  • Footscray Nicholson library – fresh fruit, free coffee vouchers
  • Footscray Park library – fresh fruit, free coffee vouchers
  • St Albans library – fresh fruit, free coffee vouchers
  • Sunshine VUHQ – free coffee vouchers
  • Werribee library – free coffee vouchers

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs are known to reduce stress, anxiety and depression! Come along and play with some fluffy friends at the following locations:

  • City Flinders library – Monday 14 October, 10am–12pm
  • City Queen library – Monday 14 October, 2–3pm
  • City King library – Monday 14 October, 12.30–1.30pm
  • St Albans library – Tuesday 15 October, 9.30–11.30am
  • Sunshine VUHQ – Tuesday 15 October, 12.30–2.30pm
  • Werribee library – Wednesday 16 October, 11am–1pm
  • Footscray Nicholson library – Thursday 17 October, 9.30–11.30am
  • Footscray Park, Building P courtyard – Thursday 17 October, 12–2pm

Colouring stations

There will be free colouring stations running all day from 14–18 October at the following library locations:

  • City Flinders
  • City Queen
  • Footscray Nicholson
  • Footscray Park
  • St Albans
  • Werribee

Jigsaw puzzles

Come relax with a jigsaw puzzle any time during the day between 14–18 October at the following campuses:

  • Footscray Park (near library entrance, Level 2, Building P)
  • St Albans (near library entrance, Level 2, Building 7)

Lunchtime sport sessions

Come along to de-stress with a lunch time sport session at these campuses:

  • Footscray Nicholson (Level 5, Building D) – Monday 14 October, 11.30am–1.30pm
  • St Albans (VU Fitness Centre, Building 11S) – Monday 14 October, 12–1pm
  • Sunshine (Rec Hall, Building E) – Friday 18 October, 12–1pm
  • Werribee (VU Fitness Centre, Gate 4, Building 7) – Friday 18 October, 12–1pm

Massages

Students can get a free massage from the VU Student Massage Clinics at King St, Werribee and Whitten Oval from 14–25 October. Just book online and put 'De Stress' in the notes section.

VU River Walkers & Runners

Join VU Sport for a walk or run. Open to all students and staff at any level of fitness.

VU River Walkers: daily between 14–18 October

  • Footscray Park (meet at 12.15pm at the VU Aquatic Centre, Level 0, Building L)
  • St Albans (meet at 12.30pm at the VU Fitness Centre, Building 11S)

VU River Runners: Wednesday 16 October

  • Footscray Park (4.30pm–5.30pm, meet at the VU Aquatic Centre, Level 0, Building L)

De-stress with VUSU

When: Thursday 17 October, 11am–2pm
Where: Building P courtyard

VUSU is here to help you relax with:  

  • live music (11am–1pm)
  • yoga classes (11am–12pm)
  • games (12–2pm)
  • a chill out zone (12–2pm)
  • a free barbecue (12–2pm)
  • henna (12–2pm)
  • meditation sessions (12–1pm, Room L406, Building L).

Giant games

When: 14–18 October, 9am–5pm
Where: Footscray Park library and VUHQ

Have fun playing giant chess, Connect 4 and Jenga with other students.

Free massage chair

When: 14–18 October, 9am–5pm
Where: Footscray Park library

Enjoy a free 5-minute massage to relieve study stress.

Badminton

When: Tuesday 15 October, 5–6pm
Where: Level 1 courts, Building L

Open to all students and staff at any fitness level. Come down and play a game.

VU Ride2Work Day 

When: Wednesday 16 October, 8–10am
Where: Active living courtyard between buildings M & P. 

National Ride2Work Day is Australia's largest celebration of commuter riding, designed to normalise the idea of riding to work. There will be prizes, giveaways, a free fresh fruit breakfast, coffee and free bike checks. Find out more and register now.

Try a sport

When:  Thursday 17 October, 3–4pm
Where: Level 1 courts, Building L

VU Sport will have multiple sports set up for you to choose from – come along and try one. Open to all students and staff at any level of fitness.

Table tennis

When: Friday 18 October, 3–4pm
Where: Level 1 courts, Building L

Open to all students and staff. Come down and play a game.

De-stress with VUSU

When: Tuesday 15 October, 10am–4pm

VUSU is here to help you relax with:

  • a Netflix cinema (10am–4pm, Room FS0926, Level 9)
  • de-stress table (11am–2pm, entrance to building near elevators)
  • balloon artist (12–2pm, Level 9 student area)
  • henna (12–2pm, Level 9 student area)
  • food by Routley (12–2pm, Level 9 student area)
  • meditation sessions (12–1pm, FS0926, Level 9)
  • yoga classes (11am–12pm, FS0926, Level 9)
  • live music (11am–1pm, Level 9 student area).

Table tennis

When: 14–18 October, 11.30am–1.30pm
Where: Outside the Building T cafe

Open to all students and staff. Grab bats and balls from VUHQ and come play!

Headspace stall

When: Tuesday 15 October, 12.30–2.30pm
Where: VUHQ

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