What you can do

Studies show that a sense of belonging is strongly related to our capacity to learn and that people who do things for others, such as volunteer for causes they care about, tend to be happier, healthier and even live longer.

Prioritise time and effort into building strong relationships

Make spending time with people you like a priority. Choose friends, neighbours, classmates and family members who are upbeat, positive and interested in you.

Connect with others

While our online connections with others may be valuable, communication should be non-verbal too. We need direct contact with other people, so don’t neglect your real-world relationships. Make an effort to get to know your classmates as you can be a great support for each other.


Doing something that helps others has a beneficial effect on how you feel about yourself. The meaning and purpose you find in helping others will enrich and expand your life. There is no limit to the individual and group volunteer opportunities you can explore. Schools, churches, non-profits and charitable organisations of all sorts depend on volunteers for their survival. RMIT has many options for helping out.

Be a joiner

Join networking, social action, conservation and special interest groups that meet on a regular basis. These groups offer wonderful opportunities for meeting people with common interests. Consider joining a sports club, a band, a dance class, a theatre, a church group, a choir group, a book club or a community garden to find others who share your interests.

How to connect at RMIT

As a student, you have access to a huge range of activities and programs where you can create, innovate, volunteer, mentor, test out your passions, develop leadership skills and make life-long friends.

  • Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT stands. The staff can assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to engage and re-engage with education, and offer ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.
  • The RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) provides all RMIT students with fun events, representation and support. RUSU has over 90 clubs and societies that you can join and is available to assist students with a range of support such as welfare, education issues, or using one of their safe spaces.
  • RMIT LEAD provides volunteering opportunities across campus. Enhance your skills, make new friends, build great networks and gain official recognition through any of the RMIT LEAD accredited programs.
  • Check out RMIT Facebook to find out what is happening around campus.

Apps that help

To learn techniques to help you sleep better, focus more and get some relief from a busy mind, try Headspace on the Go (iOS and Android) or Smiling Mind (iOS).