A handy guide for students

RUSU Community Resources

RUSU Community Resources


RUSU Compass and the RUSU Student Rights Team have compiled a list of resources to help you out if you are struggling right now. Many of the resources listed below are accessible via telephone, web or email.

The following resources are divided into four main sections: Free Food Resources, Wellbeing Help, and RMIT Support Services. Click on the images below to jump to the list that meets your needs. Remember that our Compass and Student Rights services are still available to advise you. You can contact Compass at: compass@rmit.edu.au and you can contact RUSU Student Rights at: student.rights@rmit.edu.au   

Free Food

Wellbeing Help

RMIT Support

Employment, Finance, Legal & Housing


You do not have to go hungry. There are plenty of resources available to you throughout the community that give you access to free food. You may also have community gardens and other food initiatives within your local area that you can access free of charge.


RUSU Free Food Events

RUSU hosts free food events on every RMIT campus, each week during term time. Grab a free breakfast on your way to class, or pop past Chill N Grill for a lunchtime sausage.

Visit the RUSU Free Food Events web page now: RUSU Free Food Events .

Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy is a website that allows you to easily search for the support you need.

  • Step 1. Simply choose the kind of support you are looking for (e.g., food).
  • Step 2. Enter your post code.
  • Step 3. Find a service for you from the list provided.

Visit the Ask Izzy Website now: Ask Izzy Website .

Extra Food Relief Specifically For Students

Free food service near the RMIT Bundoora Campus:
Bundoora Uni Care

Food packages including fresh and pantry items
31-61 McLeans Rd, Bundoora
YOU MUST CALL BEFORE YOU GO. Call 0422 461 847
Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.00am – 3.00pm

Free food service near the RMIT Brunswick Campus:
Feed Melbourne Brunswick

Free meal service and produce
260 Sydney Road Brunswick- opposite the town hall
Everyone welcome!
Open Mondays 6.00pm – 7:30pm

Free food service near the RMIT City campus:
Lazarus Centre - St Peter's Charitable Foundation

Free breakfast and food parcels
7 days a week between 7:30am and 9am 
Free lunch on Friday's from 11am
15 Gisborne St, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Visit www.spehcf.com.au/lazarus-centre


Your mental health and wellbeing is so important, and right now, many of us are feeling confused, anxious and stressed. Help is available if you need it.


Name of Service or Resource Location Description Get In Touch
Immediate Crisis Support Helplines Statewide These numbers are 24/7, some of them may be busy at the moment. So, if you find yourself waiting for too long on hold, hang up and try again or hang up and try a different helpline. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please phone 000. Lifeline: 131 114
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
RMIT Urgent Mental Health Support All RMIT Students RMIT operates a mental health crisis support line for RMIT students. This service is only available 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please phone 000. Phone: 1300 305 737
Text: 0488 884 162
Urgent Support Website
Partners in Wellbeing Statewide The Partners in Wellbeing service provides support and information for mental health and wellbeing. Their team is available 9am – 10pm weekdays and 9am – 5pm weekends.  Phone: 1300 375 330
Partners In Wellbeing Website
RUSU & RMIT Calm Zone Resources Website Choose from a range of different wellbeing activities to help support you and reduce stress. RUSU Stress Less Website
Good Karma Networks Website With the purpose of being a safe place to ask for help from the community, and a model that removes judgement and negativity, the Good Karma Networks facilitate meaningful connections between neighbours. There are many networks across Melbourne. Find one near you. Good Karma Networks Website
Queer Community Mutual Aid Network Vic Facebook Group Queer Community Mutual Aid Network is a support network for the Queer community. Queer Mutual Aid Facebook Page
1800 My Options Website and Hotline Need information on sexual health? 1800 My Options is a free, confidential and pro-choice service for information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health, run by Women's Health Victoria. Open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays). 1800 My Options Website
Phone: 1800 696 784
NRS: 1800 555 660
Interpreter:13 14 50
Email: info@1800myoptions.org.au
Money Financial (local students only) Statewide Financial Information for local students. Money Financial support is available to help you manage the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) via Centrelink payments etc. MoneySmart Website
ARCVic (Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria) Phone and online ARCVic offer a few different services including our Helpline for emotional support, information and referral, our Support Groups and our Cares4Me program. All of services are self-referral. Support for both local and international students, as long as the call is made from within Australia. Phone: 1300 269 438 or
03 9830 0533
Visit Website
Cares4Me Information
13YARN Website and Phoneline Free support and resources for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander People to talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter. Phone: 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) or
03 9830 0533
Visit Website
How To ADHD Book, Website and YouTube A book, website and YouTube channel for info about ADHD. Visit Website
Direct Line Website and Helpline Self assessment, counselling, information and resources about alcohol and drug support for yourself or someone else. Phone: 1800 888 236 (free, 24 hours/7 days) or
Visit Website


RMIT has many services available to help RMIT students.


Name of Service or Resource Description Get In Touch
RMIT Urgent Mental Health Support RMIT operates a mental health crisis support line for RMIT students. This service is only available 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please phone 000. Phone: 1300 305 737
Text: 0488 884 162
Urgent Support Website
RMIT Medical Hub RMIT Medical Hub is open for telehealth appointments. Book an appointment online via the website. Bulk billing for local students and Direct Billing is available for RMIT students with OSHC Insurance. Medical Hub Website
Phone: Ph: 9999 2778
Medical Hub Facebook Page
RMIT Financial Assistance RMIT Financial Assistance offers a range of referrals and advice as well as Student Hardship Assistance Grants to both local and international students. If you are in financial crisis please book an appointment online via the RMIT Connect portal to discuss your options. RMIT Financial Assistance Website
RMIT Crisis Accommodation Support If you are homeless and require crisis accommodation and urgent support, please contact RMIT Welfare and make an appointment to speak to a welfare advisor. Visit Webpage
RMIT Housing info Finding affordable housing in Melbourne can be hard. The link details housing options in Melbourne and provides some links to housing providers and search engines. Please note that the list is not exhaustive. Visit Webpage
RMIT Counselling Do you need to talk to a professional about your mental stress or worry? RMIT Counselling is free for all currently enrolled students. There can be a wait for an appointment, so please book one ASAP. Book online via the RMIT Connect portal. RMIT Counselling Website
RMIT Study Support Check out this site to read about how to apply for an extension and Special Consideration. If your study has been impacted by a compassionate or compelling situation help is at hand. RMIT Study Support Website
Email: special.consideration@rmit.edu.au
RUSU Compass 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. Our Compass staff are trained social workers who can offer you support in areas such as mental health, financial stress, relationship issues, homelessness and many more. We are here help and listen. We are available Monday to Thursday, 10–4pm. RUSU Compass Website
Email: compass@rmit.edu.au
RUSU Student Rights RUSU’s Student Rights 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. RUSU Student Rights Website
Email: student.rights@rmit.edu.au
RMIT Kirrip Make friends and enjoy social activities together. Website
RMIT Chaplaincy RMIT's Chaplains are trained multi-faith spiritual advisers representing Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic faiths and Integral Spirituality traditions. We provide support to students and staff of all faiths and none. RMIT Chaplaincy Website
Email:  chaplaincy@rmit.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9925 2317 
RUSU Events Follow RUSU for lots of free events that happen throughout semester, ranging from parties to coffee catch ups. This is a great way to meet people and get involved in uni life. View Events Page
RUSU & RMIT Clubs RUSU has a range of cultural, political and academic clubs that you can join, and RMIT looks after your needs for Sports and Creative clubs. Search RUSU Clubs
Search RMIT Clubs


Navigate the uncertain times in the workforce with these helpful resources.


Name of Service or Resource Description Get In Touch
Victoria Household Bill Support Helpful site to compare your energy providers and get the best deals for you and more info. Apply Online Here
Useful Facebook Groups You may find some share housing options on the following pages. Fairy Floss Real Estate
Queer Housing Naarm
Trans Housing Naarm
Work Development Permit Do you have unpaid fines? Did you know you can work off the fine by attending class? Read more
You, Me & Money You, Me & Money is a new website that aims to promote financial well being and resilience in young people. You, Me & Money was developed by young people for young people and guided by research conducted at RMIT University. You, Me & Money Website
IS Help IS Help is a free resource for international students living in Victoria. Life as an international student can be difficult at times. It’s OK to ask for help. IS Help offers real life information, from rental agreements to wage disputes, and directs you to the people and services that can help you best. IS Help Website
RMIT Skills and Jobs Centre Book a free online appointment with RMIT Skills and Job hub to discuss work opportunities or get support with resumes and cover letters. RMIT Skills Website
Novoresume Guide Novoresume is an online resume builder. They have put together a useful guide to help people find jobs in Australia. View the Guide
Study Melbourne Tips and advice with finding a job including financial information. Phone: 1800 056 449
Email:  info@studymelbourne.vic.gov.au
Study Melbourne Website
Department of Education, Skills and Employment Find employers hiring now. Today’s labour market has changed quickly due to COVID-19. While some industries are reducing their workforce, others are looking for more workers. This list shows some of the organisations who are currently seeking employees. DESE Website
Job Jumpstart Job search troubleshooting: How can I improve my chance of getting a job? Job Jumpstart Website
Job Starter Easily find a funded course in their area with a study mode suitable to their needs. This is a valuable resource for people looking to join the workforce, change careers or skill up to progress their career but can not afford to pay full fees. Job Starter Website
Sidekicker Sidekicker hires casual staff for companies that are needing workers during COVID-19. Sidekicker Website
Community Housing LTD Housing organisation supporting people accessing affordable housing. Visit Website
Eastern Homelessness Network Supporting people at risk or experiencing homelessness . Website
Phone: Visit website for all telephone contact information, or
If you are escaping family violence, please call 1800 015 188, 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Eastern Community Legal centre Free legal advice. Website


Use the links below to help you find current employment opportunities.
Name Category Link
RMIT Career Centre RMIT Students www.rmit.careercentre.me/members
JobSearch General www.jobsearch.gov.au
SEEK General www.seek.com.au
Adzuna General www.adzuna.com.au
CareerOne General www.careerone.com.au
Indeed General au.indeed.com
Job Access (for people with disability) General www.jobaccess.gov.au/people-with-disability/looking-advertised-jobs
CoAct Online platform (for people with disability) General www.coact.org.au
Aged Care Services Workforce Hub Industry Specific employment.agedservicesworkforce.com.au
Backpacker Jobs Board Industry Specific www.backpackerjobboard.com.au
Healthcare Medical (MedHire) Industry Specific www.medhire.com.au
Sports People Industry Specific www.sportspeople.com.au
Jobs in Universities Industry Specific www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/en-au/listings/australia
Finance and Accountancy Industry Specific jobs.accaglobal.com/jobs/australia/
Grad Connection Graduate www.au.gradconnection.com
Careers Vic State Government www.careers.vic.gov.au
Defence Jobs Federal Goverment  www.defencejobs.gov.au
Australian Public Service (APS) Federal Goverment  www.apsjobs.gov.au/s
LinkedIn Social Media www.linkedin.com/jobs
Telstra Telecommunication www.careers.telstra.com/explore-jobs
Coles Supermarket www.colescareers.com.au/retail-stores/in-store/right4me 
Woolworths Supermarket www.wowcareers.com.au/page/Careers/Supermarkets
IGA Supermarket www.iga.com.au/careers
SUPP App SUPP is an app for casual work www.suppapp.com
SWAG App SWAG is an all-in-one Superapp for casual work, smarter work, career & life. The all-in-one employment superapp for easier work, rewarding careers, faster pay, and everyday savings. Join now and unlock game-changing rewards! www.swagapp.com
Gumtree Jobs A useful resource for casual jobs within your local area. www.gumtree.com.au
Indeed International Students Benefit from being an International Student by using your language skills and experience of studying in Australia to score yourself a great job. www.au.indeed.com
AirTasker Earn extra money by offering your skills for home & office tasks. From furniture assembly to data entry, you will find something suitable for you. www.airtasker.com/au
Simply Hired Browse SimplyHired for jobs, view local and national salary information, discover companies, and learn about the job market in a specific city. www.simplyhired.com.au