Life can be stressful when work, study, social and family commitments collide, leaving us feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes we just need a place to get away from it all – a feel-good space to unwind. We’ve hunted high and low to find the most relaxing places on campus to chill, sleep, socialise – and maybe even study.
Waraburra Nura (Happy Wanderer’s Place) Indigenous garden
Wander out to the balcony outside Jumbunna (Tower, level 6) into the tranquil surrounds of UTS’s Indigenous plant garden. Planter-boxes incorporate benches to sit and soak up the sunshine amid native plants that have supported generations of Aboriginal people in the Sydney basin. Low on energy? Look out for Grevillia laurifolia, used to make a traditional energy drink.
The ‘ark’ study space
You’ll find this quirky, boat-shaped space with lots of timber details way below ground on level B1 of Building 11. With a small kitchen, booths, study pods and tables, it’s a popular space for lunch and informal study. Some students have been known to kick off their shoes and stretch out on the long timber bench to catch a few z’s.
Large, social courtyards
Building 5C and Building 6 both have spacious courtyards, ideal when you’re craving open space. Hang out with your mates at the big tables, sit and study, read or just spend some quiet time with your thoughts, it’s up to you. The Building 5C courtyard comes with bonus greenery, while the sculptures in the Building 6 courtyard add to the vibe there.
Outdoor ping-pong tables
Take a break from the books, grab some friends and bats (from the ActivateHQ desk on level 3 of the Tower – just leave your student card as security) and head out for a game of ping-pong on Alumni Green. When you’ve blown away the cobwebs, pick up some snacks and enjoy a post-ping-pong picnic at the nearby tables.
Get your game face on and head to the UTS’s Library’s games room (level 3), where you’ll find large screens, consoles and all you need to get your fix of Fortnite or serve up some Spelunky, plus board and card games. Comfy, colourful seating makes it a great temporary escape from studying, and there’s usually a friendly group of like-minded gamers to hang out with.
During session, it’s almost always buzzing in this spacious learning commons on level 2 of Building 7, which incorporates the Cornerstone Café. Find a table in the window and watch the world go by or, if you’re with friends, the cushioned benches make a top spot for a relaxing get-together, with views over Alumni Green and the spectacular northern face of UTS Central.
UTS Art Gallery
Tucked away on level 4 of Building 6, not far from the Harris St footbridge, the UTS Art Gallery is where creativity meets technology. White, bright and airy, it exhibits diverse and innovative artworks to challenge your mindset and stimulate ideas – perfect if you’re struggling with an assignment. Consider taking a friend, too, as the art is sure to prompt discussion.
Having trouble relaxing? Grab a good book and head for the UTS Library's cosy sleep space tucked under the stairs on level 2. With deep cushions and a deep sense of calm amid the bustle of campus, it's a top spot to wind down and even catch up on some sleep. Aptly named 'Safe Sopor', the sleep space was created by 2018 artist-in-residence Natalya Hughes.
UTS Central's beanbag pods
Nothing takes the pressure off quite like slipping into something comfortable – like the squishy beanbags in the circular pods in UTS Central (Building 2)! You'll find them on levels 5, 6 and 7, tucked into the corners overlooking Broadway, The beanbags provide just the right amount of support, whether you want to work on your device or chill out while watching the world go by.