#AskaMentor for CQUni’s best student hotspots

Let’s face it– good food and even better coffee is essential in the life of a university student – how else will you get through those gruelling hours of study?

Lucky for you, our student mentors Anita, Marsha, Railala, Yudhi and Bel have investigated the places you need to visit to help get you through your day. They’ve also discovered the online sites you need to have bookmarked so you can check out the hottest student spots – no matter how or where you study!


It’s all about location, location, location at our Brisbane campus. Right in the heart of the city, you’re spoilt for choice with an array of coffee and food shops in the surrounding streets, and nearby Myer Centre. For added convenience, the campus also has a café on ground level which is a great go-to if you are in a rush (which we know most uni students usually are).



You’ve got everything you need right at your doorstep at the Noosa campus as it is located inside a complex which includes a café, childcare centre, pharmacy and several other outlets! Nearby, The Goodchaps Cafe makes great coffee and takes orders for lunches that will be ready just in time for your residential school breaks, or before your next class! The Noosa campus also offers a 24-hour computer lab. See the staff on reception to organise your access.



The Bookshop will be your best friend for your textbook and stationery needs, and the Library and online resources will be of great help too. Now for the coffee – inside the Library, there’s a coffee shop for a quick caffeine fix, and Espresso Haven is near Student Reception. Don’t forget the Refectory in the Commercial Centre has great places to relax with plenty of food options, and of course we can’t forget about the Birdcage Bar upstairs which is the perfect place to chill out, or party on once you’ve submitted those assignments!


The CQUni Sydney campus is the location to be if you’re in need of a caffeine fix before your classes. With more than five coffee shops neighbouring the campus and a canteen inside the campus on Level 3, finding a delicious blend to suit your taste buds is easier than ever.



Ever taken a walk around the Cairns esplanade and noticed the CQUni stickers on selected cafés and food shops? Our Cairns campus have you covered, developing great relationships with some of the local shops to get you the best student discounts! We’ve never met a student who doesn’t like a good discount!

Check out the booklet at reception for more information.



But the fun isn’t just on campus. There are plenty of hotspots right at your finger tips to help you feel involved in University life – no matter where you study.

FACEBOOK GROUPS – A fantastic way to connect with students and staff in your local area, official groups are online hubs for on-campus and online students. Connect with your local group for events, campus life initiatives, and campus information like new facilities or outages. Find your local group here.


MOODLE – CQUni’s online learning environment. Moodle forums are the perfect place to ask questions of your lecturers and fellow students in your units. Chances are there’s a student with the same query as you, and another student or teacher who knows the answer!

ZOOM –  a great place to make contact with your lecturer live. Zoom is a web collaboration tool and enables collaboration between individuals and groups through video conferencing, video and audio calling, instant and persistent messaging, and file sharing.

MYCQU – the CQUni Student Portal. This is your hub for the ‘know-hows’ and ‘where to’s’ of university life. There are fantastic resources and information, from the student services available to you, learning support, student and campus life, work and study opportunities and useful links to help you make it through your studies successfully. You can also keep up-to-date with important announcements, key dates and campus news.

Found a great student hotspot at your campus? Let us know in the comments. We’ll back soon with more tips and tricks in our #AskAMentor blog series. 

Ashleigh Truscott (https://cqunilife.com)

I am a CQUni alumnus, who graduated back in 2010. Straight after graduating, I took a job in media, and later returned to CQUni working full-time as Student Communications Assistant. I remember all too well the panic fuelled ‘all-nighters’, getting lost on campus, confusion over systems, and the general feeling of being unsure. I'm excited to share my experiences and provide some insights into university life.

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