RUSU Cares About You


RUSU Compass is now OPEN for face to face drop-ins!

We are also available via email.






Monday to Thursday,
10am to 4pm,
Building 12, Level 4


10am to 4pm,
Building 514, Level 1


Monday, Wednesday and Thursday,
10am to 4pm,
Building 202, Level 2
(Behind the RUSU front counter)

Compass Drop In Centre is a safe space for students with any questions or concerns.


We are from the RUSU Welfare Department with centres at the City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses. 


Compass Drop In Centre is a stepping stone for students to information and services within RMIT and out in the community.


At Compass, we are here to support students by offering advice, information and referrals regarding a wide range of psychosocial issues students experience. Being a university student is hard and there are many life stressors that pop up during study. We offer support in areas such as (but not limited to) mental health, relationship issues, homelessness, financial stress and much more.  

How can Compass help?

What do we do? 

Compass is a service that supports RMIT students by offering advice, information and referrals regarding a wide range of issues that students experience during their time at university. Although we cannot see drop-in students at the moment, Compass is still here to help you online. Our Compass staff are trained social workers who can offer you support via email or on the phone.  

What can we help with? 

We can help all students with a range of issues, including mental health, financial stress, relationship issues, homelessness and many more. We can provide you information about other free services within RMIT and out in the community. We are here help and listen. 

Email us at to speak to a Compass Coordinator. We are available Monday to Thursday 10-4pm and will return your email as soon as possible outside of those hours.  


Compass Resources

RUSU Community Resources

RUSU has compiled a list of resources to help you out if you are struggling. Many of the resources listed below are accessible via telephone, web or email.

RMIT Counselling

Do you need to talk to a profession about your mental stress or worry? RMIT Counselling is free for all currently enrolled students. There can be a wait for an appointment, please book one ASAP. Book online via the RMIT Connect portal.

RUSU Student Rights

This RUSU service exists to help students understand the rules and processes that affect them at RMIT. We can assist students who might be in distress or experiencing disadvantage, with academic and other university process related issues.
Visit: or email    


Do You Need Crisis Assistance?

RMIT After Hours Urgent Mental Health support:

Phone: 1300 305 737

Mobile: 0488 884 162

Do you need housing now?

Get support here

Do you need food now?

Get support here

Contact Lifeline (24/7):

131 114
Lifeline Website

Compass Events

Important Compass dates throughout the year:

Compass and our volunteers are looking forward to running events on campus in 2022. Here is a list of some of our regular Compass events:

  • Compass Marketplace
  • Stress Less Week
  • World Mental Health Day
  • RUOK? Day
  • RUSU & RMIT Calm Zone
Highlights from previous Compass events:

Check out the pictures of some of our previous events:

Meet the Compass Team

Meet Jenna and Thea - Qualified Social workers

Jenna works at the City drop-in centre, Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm.

Thea works at the Brunswick Campus, Tuesday, 10am-4pm and Bundoora Campus, Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-4pm.

Volunteer with Compass

We love our Compass Vollies!

We are happy to have our amazing volunteers back on board in 2022! Our volunteers can do shifts in our drop in centre and also help us organise and run events. To volunteer with us you must be studying social work, psychology, youth work or relevant community service courses.

Here's a taste of what it is like to be a Compass volunteer.

For more info and how to sign up, head to the RUSU volunteer page.


Get in contact with Compass...