Advocacy staff member offering student food staples at the DUSA Survival centre
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Survival Centre

Please note: Due to the restrictions, the Survival Centre is currently closed. We are still here to help, so please call us on 9246 8615 or contact us online to discuss available supports.

We're here to help. Due to the restrictions, the Survival Centre is currently closed. We are still here to help, so please call us on 9246 8615 or contact us online to discuss available supports.

Struggling to make ends meet financially? Too hungry to think? We stock free essential food and grocery items to help you out if things get a bit overwhelming. We can also assist Cloud students.
DUSA’s Student Survival Centres are available for Deakin students who are facing financial hardships and in desperate need of basic emergency food and supplies.

What’s available at the Survival Centre?

Free basic food items, personal hygiene products, sexual health products, clothing, towels, bedding, homewares, stationary, notebooks and more.

If we do not have the items you need, our friendly team of Advocates are here to help. We can discuss further available supports and referral options to help you get the assistance you need. Additional support available includes DUSA’s free Financial Counselling, and Deakin’s Financial Assistance for students.

Where is the Survival Centre?

Our Survival Centres are located on campus at DUSA.
Burwood: DUSA Advocacy Office, Building A, Level 2
Waurn Ponds:
DUSA Reception, Fred Jevons Building JB, Level 1
Waterfront:
DUSA Office, Building D, Level 1
Warrnambool:
DUSA, Building H2-3

How do I access the Survival Centre?

Students in need of a helping hand are welcome to come and collect the items they need. Just pop in and a DUSA Advocate or DUSA Receptionist can give you access to a range of items.

If you have any questions about the supports DUSA provides, please contact our Advocacy team.

Does DUSA provide natural disaster assistance?

Yes. If you have been impacted by a natural disaster, you may be eligible to receive assistance with the purchase of your text books for the Trimester. You will also receive a stationary pack, and a DUSA Silver membership. You can apply for assistance by completing the Natural Disaster Assistance Form. Deakin Financial Assistance also offers support for students directly affected by a natural disaster.

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