If you’re a new or returning student at La Trobe this year, you can reap some fantastic rewards by joining your student union.
Whether it’s through taking part in LTSU events, support programs or volunteering, there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends, get your creativity flowing and enjoy all the perks of #unilife.
So, what is LTSU?
The La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) is your peak representative body for students, run by students. LTSU represents our Melbourne campus, and its membership also covers our Mildura and Shepparton campuses.
How do you join?
You can join the LTSU by hitting up their website and choosing the level of membership you’d prefer. There’s gold, silver and bronze, and each has a bunch of different perks.
At the Melbourne Campus head to the LTSU space on level 2 of the Agora to sign up for membership in person, or keep an eye out for opportunities during O-Week.
If you swing by the LTSU space in the Agora, you’ll nab yourself a free 2019 diary too, which is an absolute treasure-trove of need-to-know tips for students.
We spoke with the 2019 President of the La Trobe Student Union (LTSU), Abood Shehada, to get the low down on what LTSU is all about and why you should join.
“Your years at university will be the best years of your life. You will make friendships that last for life and you will develop skills that you will use each and every day. So don’t wait until the last minute – get involved through the LTSU in our vibrant and exciting campus life.”Abood Shehada, LTSU President
1. Free weekly services
“We run free weekly services, which are the Chill Out Trolley on Monday nights in the Library, and head down to the Agora on Tuesday for a BBQ or Wednesday for breakfast and our ‘Late Night Eats’ dinner service,” said Abood.
“We also offer students free advocacy and financial and legal counselling in case you find yourself with an academic problem or in financial hardship. We also advocate to the University on policy changes.”
2. Free events
“Wherever you see an LTSU marquee or people walking around with purple shirts, come along and say hello. We’re usually running an exciting event which involves us handing out free stuff. We run different events throughout the year, including Orientation Week, Clubs and Societies Festival, Stress Less Week, and Back to Uni and End of Exams parties!
“The LTSU also has over 90 clubs and societies. No matter what you are interested in, there is something for you. If you can’t find a club you are interested in, then start one!”
3. Volunteering opportunities
Volunteers are a massive part of La Trobe Student Union. They are the backbone of Clubs and Societies, Student Theatre and Film, welfare and events and activities on campus!
Taking up volunteering opportunities opens you up to a diverse community that are looking to meet other students, upskill, receive training and rewards, and add to their resume.
We also have a massive volunteering program. We run different trips to different areas in Victoria!”Abood Shehada
4. A new membership program (with goodies!)
“This year, we’ve overhauled our membership with different tiers of membership each coming with various goodies, discounts and benefits, so make sure you sign up to the LTSU.”
We’ve got membership levels to suit every style and budget and we offer $5 off for returning 2018 members:
Gold Membership – $55 New Student Member
Gold Members receive a high quality, branded hooded sweater featuring thumb holes, coloured hood inlay and branded drawstrings + a black Backpack with padded laptop section + an Aluminium Water bottle + a Golden Ticket for LTSU events + Discounts on campus and around town + membership to a union that is committed to serving its members and the LTU student community.
Silver Membership – $35 New Student Member
Silver Members receive a black Backpack with padded laptop section + an Aluminium Water bottle + a Golden Ticket for LTSU events + Discounts on campus and around town + membership to a union that is committed to serving its members and the LTU student community.
Bronze Membership – $20 New Student Member
Bronze Members receive an Aluminium Water bottle + a Golden Ticket for LTSU events + Discounts on campus and around town + membership to a union that is committed to serving its members and the LTU student community.
Grab your 2019 La Trobe Student Union Membership online now while stocks last! Visit: www.latrobesu.org.au