We got the lowdown on Carlton’s student highlights from Lep Beljac, Master of Marketing Communications student and University of Melbourne communications intern.
One of the biggest perks of studying at the University of Melbourne is the location. When I’m not cramming for midterms, there’s plenty to see, do and most importantly, eat. Everyone already knows Lygon Street is famous for its Italian cuisine and cafes, but there’s so much more to Carlton than pizza and pasta.
I’ll probably get in trouble for not mentioning the University’s bookshop, but I’ve got to level with you: my favourite bookstore in all of Melbourne is Readings on Lygon Street.
I’ve always thought it had a unique charm; the location, the amazing selection, the smiling staff and the dazed bookworms browsing the bookshelves have made it an absolute fave of mine. And I’m not alone – it just won the best bookstore award at the London Book Fair! Fair warning though: don’t expect to leave without dropping some coin. It’s that good.
After you’re done browsing at Readings, pop across the street to Cinema Nova for some film culture. Nova play indie and arthouse flicks but perhaps most importantly, it’s a licensed venue, meaning you can enjoy your arthouse film with a glass of bubbly. Does it get any more quintessentially Melbourne than that?
Not only that, but Nova is the only cinema in Melbourne that still regularly screens The Room: the best worst movie ever made.
Middle Fish is tucked away on Berkeley Street and its one of those hidden gems that you can’t help but feel proud for discovering. The menu boasts the best kha na (crispy pork or tofu with Chinese broccoli, rice and a fried egg) in town. In fact, they offer a money back guarantee on it. They also serve what I believe might be the biggest iced milk tea in the southern hemisphere (I’m not kidding – it comes in a bowl). Take your friends there and impress them with your intimate knowledge of the streets of Carlton.
Melbourne Farmers’ Market
If you’ve never been, you need to remedy that immediately. Just follow the trail of students in food comas onto Union Lawn and browse the stalls at the Farmers’ Market. You can get a top-notch lunch for less than a tenner and take home some local produce while you’re at it.
If you work in the central city and need a timeout, the Farmers’ Market has a community atmosphere and the campus has no shortage of nice picnic spots. Perfect for that mid-week slump.
Wednesdays at the University of Melbourne.
Ian Potter Museum of Art
Uni students love a good freebie and the free admission to the Potter is no exception. Located on the Melbourne Uni campus and just a short walk from the tram, the Potter is great if you need some quiet contemplation or want to try your hand at some arty snapchats (see LACMA for inspiration). The exhibits change pretty regularly, too – and did I mention it’s free?