ANU Thrive

ANU Thrive Events and Consultations. Your wellbeing is our priority! ANU Thrive provides a range of free services for ANU students, including wellbeing consultations and regular activities. Want to have a chat with a student mentor? Looking for something to do? Connect with ANU Thrive now.

About us

ANU Thrive is a student-led initiative which aims to promote student wellbeing. We offer all ANU students free consultations to discuss anything of concern, as well as a variety of events and informational sessions throughout the year. Whether it's a chat with a trained student-leader, a basketry or cooking workshop, or a financial information session, our team's aim is to positively contribute to your time at university. Please get in touch, or check out our socials for more!


Free wellbeing consultations

ANU Thrive offers free wellbeing consultations every Tuesday and Wednesday. Consultations are held by a later-year student mentor, who can assist in finding appropriate support services and guiding you through your time at university. The team is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and is familiar with both ANU and external community support available to students. While this is not a counselling service, international students can access wellbeing consultations while off-shore and at no cost.

Please make a booking here or email us. This is a free and confidential service for all ANU students.

Please note:

- We've increased consultation availability for grade release, on Wednesday 8 December. Feeling stressed or concerned? Book in for a chat.

- During the summer break, consultations will have temporarily reduced availability (Wednesdays 1 - 4pm only).

- We are currently offering online (virtual) appointments only. We aim to return in-person consultations as soon as possible.

- If you are currently in mainland China, you may prefer a Zoom meeting to our default Microsoft Teams platform for connectivity reasons. Please send us an email at upon booking if this applies to you.

What is an ANU Thrive wellbeing consultation?

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We are a team of later year student mentors who aim to assist fellow students find appropriate support services and guide them through with wellbeing tips. Peer educators are trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and are familiar with the support options available to ANU students internally and externally. While this is not a counselling service, international students can access wellbeing consultations with our peer educators while off-shore and at no cost.

Booked a consultation?

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ANU Thrive consultations are offered both in-person (face-to-face) and virtually (online). When making a booking, you'll be asked to select your preference. If you'd like to change your selection, please just send us an email at

In-person consultations

In-person appointments will take place in a private consultation room on Level 3 of the Di Riddell Building. However, as level 3 is currently staff access only, we need to meet you outside and accompany you in. When you arrive at the Di Riddell building, please wait outside at the bottom of the stairs and give our team a call on 02 6125 2409. Alternatively, for lift access, you can wait on the ground floor outside the lifts (enter through the front automatic door and turn right). We will then meet you at the lifts. 

Virtual consultations

You will have received an automatic email confirmation containing a link to a Microsoft Teams meeting for the time of your appointment. Microsoft Teams is a platform available to all ANU students and staff - you just need to use your university ID and password to login for access. If for any reason this is not available to you, we can easily arrange a Zoom meeting instead. Please let us know at


Events and social media

We have a variety of events running throughout the year, where you can meet like-minded students and even learn something new! Events may have capped attendance, so please book ahead through our event page. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages to stay up to date.

Looking for something to do? Join ANU Thrive for a range of events including arts and crafts, cooking and well-being webinars! Check it out here.

Grocery assistance for international students

The Lions Club, with support from ANU Thrive, is offering $50 food vouchers to international students facing financial hardship. The Lions Club gives time and energy to others in the community, and they currently wish to support international students in need. The food vouchers will be able to be spent at Coles or Woolworths to buy essential food items and hygiene products.  

Eligibility criteria:  

  • Currently enrolled international student at the Australian National University living in ACT  
  • Cannot afford costs of living, inclusive of groceries and personal hygiene items; and  
  • Can adequately demonstrate or explain the need of financial assistance. 

To apply please send a copy of the following details to with the subject “Food Voucher”:

  1. Enrolment confirmation (letter of enrolment available on ISIS).  
  2. Proof of international student status (visa details).  
  3. Brief personal statement addressing the criteria above (max 200 words). Evidence of financial hardship is strongly encouraged, e.g. a bank statement or a work roster showing reduced hours.  
  4. Best email address to receive the e-voucher.

Instant wellbeing support: TalkCampus

TalkCampus is a wellbeing support app available free of charge to ANU students, where you can get instant peer-support for your mental health any time of day and night. Student life can be incredibly tough. TalkCampus is here for the moments when you just need a friend. Talk anonymously to students from universities and colleges around the world going through the exact same struggles you are any time of day or night. This is a safe place where you can talk anonymously about anything and get support for your mental health and whatever is on your mind.


Kitchen Garden program

Are you interested in meeting others, getting out, and growing some delicious, fresh produce while you're at it? Check out the Kitchen Garden program. The program is an ANU Thrive initiative, in collaboration with the Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation. It will be a network of on-campus gardens, growing seasonal, fresh produce. The program will also involve regular cooking classes and meeting up with others to get involved and help out. The program aims to facilitate meaningful connections among students and equip them with new skills  -  and of course, you will reap the benefits of the gardens' produce. We are in the process of getting the program up and running.


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