Every place has its people, and at UNSW you’re bound to meet some big personalities. Be they a student who loves their faculty a little too much or someone who parties just a little too hard, here are the 10 people you’ll most definitely run into at UNSW from your first year to your seventh.
1. The Socialist Protestor
You’ll always run smack-bang into them because they’re always standing on the Library Walkway, same place, same time, same look of mutiny in their eyes. Better perfect the I-can’t-see-you look now, because they’ll be shaking flyers and petitions in your eyes from your very first day.
2. The Med Student in The North
DISCLAIMER: not all medicine students are like this, obviously. But it’s hard to go by a couple of weeks without overhearing, at least once – on the bus, in the library, sitting at Matthews Food Court – someone talking about how south the Boost Juice stand is.
3. The Person Who Catches The 393 Instead of the 891
Quips about being alternative and too cool for school aside, they’ve got a point. The lines for the 891 are as long as the queues camping out for Adele at times, so these people have decided to choose their own destiny. Even though the buses aren’t express, even though the stop’s a bit of a trek, even though you’ll often see them slogging it alone to Barker Street without anyone to complain about UNSW’s transport system with them.
4. The Person with No Shoes
Speaking from experience, I’ve encountered this type of UNSW student at least twice. Who knows? Maybe their shoes were stolen from them (it’s hard to know with UNSW’s colleges). Maybe they’re rebelling against societal norms dictating their everyday dress. Or maybe they just hate shoes.
5. The International Student
Well, UNSW’s new tagline is “Australia’s Global University”, so what did you expect? Be it the US, China or Brazil, you’ll be hearing accents and languages from all over the world. Be prepared to be immersed into a global community and constant run-ins with people from other countries.
6. The Gym Junkie
Having a gym on campus leaves no question as to why you’re seeing all these hot bodies everywhere. But the real gym junkies are easy to spot – they’ll be wearing singlets, headbands and probably holding a Nike drink bottle (or dumbbell) as they jump squat up the Basser Steps.
7. The Boost Juice Guy
Someone in your lecture is bound to walk in every week with a fluoro green paper cup in their hands. Even if you don’t see someone personally, there will usually be at least one Boost Juice cup in every bin on campus, poking through the mush that is campus food.
8. The Co-op/Cadet Student
They’re studying and working in industry at the same time, so watch out for bleary-eyed, suit-wearing people walking around campus, or those who look like they’ve been at uni way longer than they should have.
9. The [insert name] Soc Devotee
These people are super dedicated to their faculty/weird interest society. Having signed up to the soc during O-Week, they are shameless promoters who change their Facebook cover photos to the promo for next week’s Free BBQ and get 50+ likes for their efforts because – well, who knows?
10. The I’ve-Been-To-Every-Roundhouse-Party-Ever Student
Coogee Bay Hotel, every other Thursday night, obscurely themed, you get the drill. But there are those who are willing to spend $10-$20 a week to party their nights away, and end up showing up to Friday’s 9am tutorial like they’re dead to the world.