How to live life (survive) on a student budget: Part 3

I was flabbergasted recently when a friend and I calculated how much money we each respectively spend on coffee (particularly during heavy assessment time- you know what I’m talking about). I won’t share the amount because, truthfully, it’s a little embarrassing… particularly when I scrimp so much on the necessities (see part 1 and 2- food and hygiene, and parts to come- the roof over my head and things to fill the roof over my head). Then again, it can be argued that when you’re a student, coffee is a necessity. 


Regardless, it all adds up and on a student budget, coffee can start to dehydrate your wallet as well as your body. That’s why I turn to coffee loyalty cards, you know, those things you’ve collected but that sit unused in your wallet. Use them. Seriously. When you drink as much coffee as I do (and I know many of you do), these really do make a difference.

So here it is. My breakdown of the best budget bean offerings on campus.

  • Coco Cozy at Kelvin Grove does one free coffee- any size so go wild, kids!- for every nine purchased. They even offer a complimentary meal if you manage to fill 5×20 stamp cards- that’s one meal after 100 coffees (crazy if you think about it but technically still a free meal).
  • The gang at Pantry Gardens Point are incredibly generous and offer five free coffees for every 19 paid for. Props to you, Pantry.
  • Beadles at Kelvin Grove do the regular one free for every ten which sounds less awesome after Pantry’s impressive offer but hey, it’s conveniently close to the library so it still has that going for it.
  • Boys House of Coffee, Kelvin Grove serves up a quality coffee but don’t offer loyalty cards (yes, I asked). I sometimes deem the coffee that worth it and treat myself to one without a stamp though, so it’s up to you.


Next week I transform into a magician and achieve the impossible, making furniture appear out of thin air for zero dollars. Yes, you heard it, folks. Stay tuned for part four.

Now for my disappearing act… Vamoose *disappears magically into thin air*. Cue applause.

Psych Week Wrap Up

Hey All,

As resident psychology student/person of the student blogger team, I feel it is my responsibility to alert you all to the existence of National Psych Week. From the 9th-15th of November, National Psych Week aimed to raise awareness of how psychology and counselling can serve as important tools to improve our mental health and overall emotional well being. Read more

Part III: The Final Weeks

I can’t speak for everyone here at QUT, but for a lot of us, the holidays are finally here. Congratulations to the people who’ve finally made it through to the end of semester, especially to those who’ve finished their last university exams and assignments ever! Many of you might be wondering, with the final weeks coming to a close, what are the best ways to spend the holidays for the next coming months? Well, part three of my blog just so happens to be dedicated to helping you plan your holidays so that by the time it gets to January, we’re not stuck thinking about what to do next.

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Part II: The Final Weeks

Now that we’ve managed to get through last week, we’re one step closer to the holidays. I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have panicked a bit (a lot) when I realised that my exams are creeping closer and closer. It’s getting kind of hard to stay calm and enjoy the rest of semester with all of this stressing. Luckily, I’ve come up with a few tips on how to make the most out of the remainder of this semester before we can finally kick back, relax, and enjoy upcoming holidays. Read more

Part I: The Final Weeks

So, we’re nearly finished week twelve of the semester. Isn’t that awesome? We’ve all made it through the majority of uni for the year and now there’s only another week, plus exams, left to go. The holidays are literally just around the corner, and we’ll finally be getting the break that we deserve. The only problem is, we have to get through the final few weeks before we can catch up on the sleep we’ve missed throughout semester. And sometimes, the last few weeks really do feel like they’re going to last forever. How exactly does one make it through these weeks without exploding from exhaustion?

Trying to stay awake for the rest of semester

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The Importance of Mental Health

From the 5th – 11th of October it was national Mental Health Awareness week.

Every year an Australian has a 1 in 5 chance of experiencing from some kind of mental illness.

Nearly half of the population will experience a mental disorder at some stage of their life.

Mental Health issues are most pronounced among young people.

In this, mental illness will almost certainly have affected some aspect of your life, either directly or indirectly. Whether it be through battles you have fought yourself, or those of a  friend, co worker or family member.

Or maybe you aren’t aware that someone close to you is living with a mental illness.Too often people are silenced to speak out and seek help due to stigma and fears associated with mental illness. Stigma that it is ‘all in your head’, that it’s ‘ not real’, that you can just ‘snap out of it’. Fear of being called ‘crazy’, fear of being a burden on loved ones, or even just fear of being treated ‘differently’ – reduced only to the label of a diagnosis.

Mental health is an issue that has become almost ingrown in society, always itching under the skin but often not addressed and conditioned to be ignored. It is this stigma and fear that stops people from talking to someone or seeking help, that can cause those living with illness often feeling alone and hopeless.

I recently came across a source entitled ‘Depression in Australian Law Schools: a handbook for law students and law student societies’ (which can be found here – reports that from a 2008 study conducted across 13 Australian Law Schools, 41% of student participants were found to suffer from a psychological stress enough to justify clinical assessment. From this, 38% of students stated that they would not seek any treatment.

Sitting in my Law Lecture this week, it is alarming to realise that many of my fellow students are probably in this terrifying position.

The purpose of Mental Health week is to raise awareness and encourage spaces for those living with a mental disorder to have their voices heard. To open up a process of enlightenment regarding the nature of mental illness, and promote the achievability of positive mental health.

Last week QUT ran a variety of events to promote social and emotional well being to students, and here are some of the highlights:

From Strengths to Strengths Workshop: By using our signature strengths, we can enhance our vitality and well being. You can use your signature strengths to enhance your personal and professional lives.

Stress-Less Competition: What is your healthy idea for stressing less and staying well during semester? Students were encouraged to fill out an entry form, or email their tip in 25 words or less to go into the draw to win one of ten $20 Coles Myer vouchers. The winners will be announced by Monday 20th of October, so it will be interesting to see what everyone came up with.

Help all year around: In addition, there are a variety of professional Mental Health services running year round that are available to the QUT community, such as the free and confidential counselling service for students and the Psychology and Counselling Clinic, which offers high quality services at a low cost.

Even though Mental Health Week has officially finished, you can still do your bit to help yourself or others, whether you chose to share your story or just offer to listen and help someone else. Even small gestures of support such as asking a friend how they are doing, can encourage the conversation of enlightenment regarding mental health awareness. mental health