The Hub was officially opened on 18 March 2016 and can be accessed 24/7 with swipe card access.

The Hub is the new home for Flinders Connect, your first point of call for student services and to FUSA, your first point of call for student rights and interests.

The Hub also includes a student kitchen, meeting spaces, lounges, clubs spaces and a range of food and retail stores.

You can find your way to the Hub using the campus map.   A Plaza and Student Hub map showing the precinct is also available and a map of the four floors of the Hub building is available here and there are also Touchscreens in the Hub to help with wayfinding. The design of the Hub is largely intuitive and aims to open up the heart of Bedford Park campus, so  why not have fun exploring?

The student learning spaces on ground floor and level 1 of the Hub, as well as the circulation spaces throughout the building, are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of normal business hours you will need to swipe your staff or student card for entry to the Hub.

Flinders Connect is open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am-5pm and Wed 9.30am-5pm.

No. If you have a current Flinders University staff or student ID card, you will be able to swipe for access into the building.

Students with swipe card access problems should contact security at: security@flinders.edu.au

Level 1 of the Hub connects directly into the Flinders Connect space and the newly refurbished Library Ground Floor level.

Bike racks will be available on the Mall (via Registry Road) or outside the Eatery.

There are no shower facilities within the Hub. Please refer to the list of shower locations around Flinders here.

Lockers are located in the following locations:

Ground Floor Library:

  • External central library wall
  • Internal central library wall
  • Internal central library (near toilets)

Hub ground floor:

  • Club lounge

Hub level 1:

  • Open space near group study tables

Lockers are located throughout the Hub and will be available from June 2016. To receive free access to the Student Locker system please complete the form linked here.

There is a whole range of retail, food and beverage outlets in the Plaza and Student Hub. More information about each store is available on the Retail and Food section.

There is no prayer room located within the Hub, but from semester one, 2016, prayer rooms will be located in Oasis on the ground floor of the Function Centre. Please refer to the Oasis page for details on current prayer room locations.

Toilets are located on each level of the Hub and all contain universal access as well as disability compliant cubicles.

A natural position toilet is located on the ground floor.

Yes, the student kitchen is located in The Eatery on the ground floor of the Hub. It includes microwaves, sandwich toasters, hot and cold water dispensers and coffee machines.

The Eatery, located on the Hub’s ground floor, includes the student kitchen, club lounge, food court and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

The club lounge is located on the ground floor of the Hub, in The Eatery.

Car park 1 is the best car park for student and staff access to the Hub. This is a general semester / year permit only park.

Car park 6, accessed via Registry Road, is the best car park for visitor access to the Hub. This is a short term (2 hour) park only.

Disabled car parks are also available on Registry Road and in car park 6.

No. The Plaza and Student Hub is a space dedicated to students individual and group study needs, as well as the equally important needs to socialise and relax. This is based on feedback provided by students and staff prior to the redevelopment which identified a number of requirements, such as open and quiet study spaces, flexible furniture and 24 hour access.

The multimedia lounge includes state of the art television and surround sound technologies, gaming consoles and tiered lounge seating for up to 20 people.

Students can book the multimedia lounge for course-related or casual gaming via the web room booking system.

Gaming Controllers and Games are available for hire from the Central Library with your student ID card.

Gaming hire terms and conditions:

  • user details are logged
  • it is your responsibility to return controllers following use
  • you are responsible for replacement costs should equipment be lost or stolen ($99 per controller / $89 per game)

The Hub’s sustainability features include:

  • natural ventilation such as louvre windows and ceiling sweep fan
  • chilled beams for more efficient air-conditioning
  • a 100KW solar panel system on top of the Union Building
  • an energy efficient building management system

Wood Bagot Architects worked closely with acoustic engineers to create a design where spaces are clearly defined for their particular use (e.g. social vs quiet). Some noise in transient spaces is encourages as part of the dynamic share nature of these spaces. The use of acoustic lining which absorbs noise, together with the careful selection of materials and finishes throughout the Hub, also minimises disruption.

$125,000 of SSAF funding for 2014 and 2015 was allocated in the $63m redevelopment budget. This allocation went directly towards development of student spaces identified in the engagement process, such as new facilities for FUSA and Clubs, queer space, women’s room, Empire Times, and the student kitchen.

A hub is a contemporary space where the University community can interact, engage and learn in a stimulating and supportive environment. It is the modern evolution of traditional university communal spaces such as plazas, common rooms and halls.

Flinders students and staff were extensively consulted over a three month process in 2013 to establish their needs and wants from a new Student Hub design. Over 3,000 pieces of feedback were received during this process identifying a series of key needs which informed the design process. These included:

  • Modern facilities that cater for the diverse range of student learning needs, including 24-hour access to study areas, group study tables, study booths and laptop bars.
  • Access to a broad range of food and beverage styles and facilities, including food vans, a food court, a diverse range of beverage offerings, convenience store products, microwaves, sandwich presses, student kitchens, a dining area and a new bar.
  • Flexible spaces that provide for a variety of social and recreational activities, such as relaxed lounge and seating areas, functional areas and a multipurpose zone.
  • A mix of indoor and outdoor areas with a redesigned and landscaped Plaza for more interaction from students, events and connectivity with the lake.
  • Places where information on student services, learning, social and recreational activities at the University are easily accessible. This includes a stronger presence for the FUSA, streamlined student services and enriched technology.

Research shows that a lot of the best educational outcomes happen when students learn from each other – discussing, challenging, debating and testing ideas. The Hub is an environment which supports and stimulates these collaborative learning activities whilst still providing comfortable individual spaces with the best of modern technology.

Research shows that many students come to Flinders for short visits only – just long enough to attend their lectures or tutorials, rather than seeing their University as a home base and community. We believe that if students stay on campus longer and make the most of modern facilities, their educational experience will be richer and the extended networks that grow from this will help them in their professional and social lives. Our new Hub is just one part of a greater plan to activate and enliven our campus as we approach our 50th celebratory year, and beyond.

The new Plaza and Student Hub is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act, and the design was audited by an independent Disability Access Consultant. Access around the area, and into the Central Library, is significantly improved with additional lifts, an upgrade of existing lifts, plus new disability compliant toilets.

Yes – you told us you loved it, so we kept it! The Laneway will be slightly modified, and is now the permanent home to Café Bon Voyage.

The Terrace is a  bookable event space. When not in use for a function, The Terrace is open for students and staff to enjoy. Check the signage in the foyer of the Professional Services Building to see if The Terrace is open, and then take the lift to the top floor.

Yes. Laptop booths and charging stations are located throughout the Hub and level 0 of the Central Library for you to use with your own device. Connect to eduroam for superfast Wi-Fi on your device.

Yes. There are over 30 PC’s located on level 1 of the Hub, and more throughout level 0 of the Central Library. There are also Mac computers in the Flinders Connect space and laptop benches throughout if you are bringing your own device.

Yes. The Hub’s innovative design includes charging points at laptop booths, group study tables, in lockers, lamps, and even in the lounges.

There are printing stations on level 1 of the Hub and Ground Floor Library. To connect your own device to a Hub printer, view the Unicard webprint instructions.

Group study booths can accommodate up to 8 students to work on assignments and presentations. Each booth has full video conferencing facilities, so group assignment members can dial in from home or other campus locations. These are bookable online.

No – non-enclosed spaces are open for casual access and need not be booked.

Each group study table (located on level 1 of the Hub and Ground Floor Library)  contain a screen, bring your own device (BYOD) HDMI connection, touch panel control; ceiling loudspeakers; wall mounted connection point; and wireless presentation ability.

Yes, Flinders University has a Wireless Visitor Access Portal enabling visitors to self register and obtain internet access while on the Bedford Park, Tonsley or Victoria Square campuses.

For more information visit the Visitor Portal information website.

Gaming controllers and Games for the console in the Multimedia Room are available for hire from the Central Library with your student ID card.

Gaming hire terms and conditions:

  • user details are logged
  • it is your responsibility to return controllers following use
  • you are responsible for replacement costs should equipment be lost or stolen ($99 per controller / $89 per game)