RUSU Cares About You


RUSU Compass Is Open

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


CITY: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm, Building 12, Level 4

BRUNSWICK: Mondays: 10am – 4pm, Building 514, Level 1

BUNDOORA: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10am – 4pm, Building 202, Level 2 (Behind the RUSU front counter)

We are also available via email. Email us at

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 referrals to support services within RMIT and out in the community.
Compass services are proudly supported by AIRMASTER .

At Compass, we offering information and referrals about a wide range of issues students may experience. Being a university student is hard and there are many life stressors that pop up during study. We can help with information about 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.  

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. 

Drop in to our centres on campus, or email us at to speak to a Compass Coordinator. We are available Monday to Thursday 10-12pm and 1pm-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 2023. 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 event

Here are some of our previous events:

Meet the Compass Team

Meet Jenna and Thea - Qualified Social workers

Jenna works at the City Campus, Monday to Thursday, 10am–12pm and 1pm-4pm.

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

Volunteer with Compass

We love our Compass Vollies!

We are happy to have our amazing volunteers back on board in 2023! 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 .


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