Struggling to make ends meet financially? Too hungry to think? We're here to help.
We stock free essential food and grocery items to help you out if things get a bit overwhelming.
What’s available at the Survival Centre?
Free basic food items, personal hygiene products, sexual health products, clothing, towels, 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, JB Building, Level 1
Waterfront: DUSA Office, Building D, Level 1
Warrnambool & Cloud: Please contact us online.
How do I access the Survival Centre?
Students in need of a helping hand are welcome to come and collect the items they need. Please call us on 9246 8615 or complete our online form, and we can then arrange a time for you to visit our Survival Centre, or provide alternative support and information if you are not able to attend campus.
If you have any questions about the supports DUSA provides, please contact our Advocacy team.
From a Deakin University Community Grant, DUSA has a small number of low-spec laptops to provide to students experiencing financial hardship and are unable to purchase a laptop to undertake the requirements of their course. Find out how to apply here on our Laptop Application page.
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.