Monash Merchant - June Deals

Maximus Sports Drink
$3 everyday low price

Monash University Coffee Cups
Purchase any MU Keep cup and get your first coffee brew for free

Spend $20 or more on groceries at The Monash Merchant and get 20% off any Monash branded hoodie or jacket at The Monash Book and Merchandise Store.

Self Serve Items
Hazelnut dark chocolate spread - $3.95

Kombucha on tap by Grateful Harvest
Prices range from $1.99 - $11.99

Yummy Karma ready made meals - $6.99

New in-store

  • Oasis Bakery

The Monash Merchant now stocks fresh salads and soups from Oasis Bakery.

  • You Foodz

Fresh ready made meals

  • Self serve microwave

Purchase any ready to eat made meals and use our microwave to warm it up.

  • Fresh roasted vegetables, daily.

  • Roast chicken

Coming soon
Fresh almond spread

View the full catalogue here.

To find out about our upcoming products follow us on Instagram @the-monash-merchant or visit our website.

MS 24 Hour Mega Swim Registrations now Open!

Registrations for this year's MS Mega Swim are now open!

The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with multiple sclerosis.

Kicking off at 10am on Saturday the 7th of October and concluding 24 hours later at 10am on Sunday, 8th October, this year’s Mega Swim will be our biggest yet! All funds raised at this event will help support those living with MS.

Gather a team of up to 15 people and divide the 24 hours up between you. All participants can swim as many times as they want providing there is a swimmer participating at any one time.

As one of Australia’s most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events, the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim has been held annually in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney for the past 10 years. To date the event has raised over $1,000,000! All profits raised from the event go towards helping people living with multiple sclerosis to achieve their dreams.
The average age of diagnosis of MS is only 30 years of age. The disease strikes young Australians in the prime of their lives. We help people with multiple sclerosis to achieve as full and healthy a lifestyle as possible through the provision of services, programs and research.

Start getting your team together now and register below!

More information:

5 Ways Keeping Active Can Help With Exam Stress

With exams fast approaching, stress can be at an all time high for both staff and students. However, taking a break from the desk to get active can be a great way to not only decrease stress, but refresh your mind, so you can go back and study more efficiently. Here are a few reasons why getting active during exams can be good for releasing stress.

  1. Exercising releases endorphins - your happy neurotransmitters

When you’re exercising, your body produces a chemical that triggers positive feelings, and also acts as the body’s natural painkillers. This helps with improving and stabilising your overall mood, and is a natural way to combat anxiety.

  1. Reduce fatigue
Frequent exercise will improve your overall stamina, which means more time to study. Less fatigue also means no more study sessions of just staring at words while your brain processes nothing!
  1. Improve concentration and overall cognitive functions
Staying active will also enhance your mental health. Playing sports or doing a specific exercise helps you concentrate more on the task at hand, and clears your mind of any worries, be it exams or assignments. Not only will this relieve you off your stress, but your overall cognitive functions will also subsequently improve. 
  1. Boost self-esteem
Ever felt proud of yourself after working out? Staying active boosts your self-esteem and confidence. This translates to day-to-day activities as well - having a positive attitude towards yourself will help lessen anxiety when studying, and you will feel more confident when walking into your exams!
  1. Improve sleep
Lastly, after a day of working out, your body will naturally crave for sleep. It is proven that exercises improves sleep quality and duration, giving you that deeper sleep you will need to re-energize your entire body. 

SumoSalad now open at Monash Sport Clayton!

You can now give your mind and body the boost it needs, SumoSalad is now open at Monash Sport, Clayton Campus. SumoSalad provides meals that are not only filling and good for you, but also fun, healthy, affordable and tasty!

With their new café style seating area, SumoSalad is offering a great location to meet up with friends or study groups, while fuelling your brain with nutritional meals. Craving a snack after your workout? SumoSalad has the healthy options you need. Have an early catch-up for breakfast and coffee, a quick lunch meeting or an afternoon study session? SumoSalad has you sorted!
Indulge in the variety of salads, grain bowls, wraps or grab a quick and healthy snack to keep you going.
SumoSalad is not only a great place to meet, it can also be your healthy fix on the go. Just download the My Sumo App to order ahead and pick up in store. With SumoSalad now at Monash Sport Clayton, it has never been easier to live a fresh and healthy lifestyle! 

SumoSalad is located at 42 Scenic Boulevard inside the Monash Sport facility, and can be accessed via the Frearson Oval entry or through the Scenic Boulevard entry and down the stairs.

2017 Indigenous University Games

On Thursday, we welcomed Monash's Indigenous University Games teams to Monash Sport, where they were busy honing their skills in a couple of practice matches ahead of the 2017 Indigenous University Games.

23 students from across all Monash campuses will be attending the Indigenous University Games, held in Geelong, at Deakin University from June 25 - 29.

This is the first year Monash University will be represented by two teams. Both teams will be contesting mixed netball, volleyball, basketball and touch football.

This is an excellent opportunity for our Indigenous students to engage in cross-institution activities. Which is extremely important as these students will be connecting and networking with Indigenous staff and students from most Australian Universities in a friendly setting.

One of our students, Samantha Hyde, spoke of the importance of the opportunity to represent Monash: "Having the Indigenous Games available to us has enabled the Indigenous students to strengthen connections with other Australian Universities. It also brings the Indigenous students at Monash together and have a fun, great week for everyone involved."

Liam Ketchup, another Monash student going to the games also added: "It’s a great opportunity to bond with our peers and showcase our ability to work as a team while having fun - and to flog other Universities."

The group would like to thank Professor David Copolov AO, for every year contributing a generous donation towards providing support for the Indigenous University Games. In addition to The Monash Student Association (MSA) and the Indigenous representatives; Jayden Crozier and Bryda Nicols also have worked hard on providing financial support to make it possible to attend, to Monash Sport for assisting with bookings and practice games.

We wish both teams the very best of luck at the 2017 Indigenous University Games.

Monash Sport old uniforms go to charity

Our new uniforms being worn by our staff.

Members and customers may have noticed recently our Monash Sport staff are wearing new uniforms, provided by sport apparel brand ISC.

The old uniforms worn by our staff will be donated to three charities.

A portion of our old uniforms will be donated to Mums Supporting Families in Need, which provides quality material aid to struggling Victorian families who require clothing for wearing or other purposes.

Another portion of our old uniforms will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Dandenong. Our old uniforms will go towards ensuring the people living and in contact with the ASRC are well clothed with cold weather ahead.

The final portion of our old uniforms will leave Australia, getting shipped to developing countries. Donations in Kind is a Rotary project that collects, stores and ships goods and items that are no longer needed in Australia but are valuable in countries such as Timor Leste, Southern Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia. Our uniforms will be delivered to any of the countries where they are needed the most.

If you would like to find out more or donate to any of these charities, head to their websites below.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 
Mums Supporting Families in Need
Rotary Donations in Kind

Clayton campus cafe area now open!

The new cafe area at our Clayton campus facility is officially open!

Brand new tables and chairs are included in to the refurbishment, to add to the overall modern look. New bench space has also been installed, allowing for more space for members to hang out prior to a workout or Social Sport. A brand new 98 inch wide screen TV has also been installed, showing live sport throughout the year.

All students, staff, members and customers are encouraged to come to Monash Sport and check it out.

The first thing you notice is the changes in look and feel to the area, which provides a more contemporary vibe to the previous cafe area. The colour scheme is the exact same to the ceiling of the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool, giving consistency throughout the center.

The new cafe joining the cafe area, Sumo Salad, will open soon.


8 ways to avoid a winter workout rut

 Melbourne weather has dropped very quickly in the last few weeks, which will naturally cause us to seek warmth to be comfy. This could hurt our motivations to get active, as we prefer to relax over exercising.
Here are 8 ideas to kick start your winter fitness:

1. Embrace the cold weather

You could be dreading that walk in the cold from your car to the gym, or going for a run in the low temperatures, but don't let those things deter you from exercising. Just remember, there's nothing more rewarding than finishing a workout knowing you've braved the elements.

2. Go buy some new active wear

If you buy new workout gear, then you have to use it! Not only is it a chance to grab some good winter active wear, but the investment you made will motivate you to get out there and put it to good use.

3. Take things slow and steady

When setting up your workout plan, go easy on yourself. Don't plan all your workout on one day of the week, or you may dread that day every week and lack motivation for getting active. Break your workout up over into smaller sessions over a few days if you can. This will be more manageable.

4. Set a big goal

Setting a big goal to achieve is great to have as a light at the end of the tunnel for your efforts. This could be a weight number, or a future event to prepare for like a fun run.

5. Get a workout wingman

If you're exercising with someone else, like a friend or colleague, you're more likely to keep to a set schedule (instead of putting off workouts regularly). You'll be pushing each other to achieve more and you'll probably have more fun getting fit.

6. Refresh your workout playlists

The summer workout tunes have got you through up until now, but it's time for an update.

7. Diet

We all love eating warm, hearty comfort food during winter, and there's nothing wrong with that. But it's important to keep mindful of this, as it may motivate you to do that extra workout.

8. Try something completely new

Doing something new will help you stay away from boredom, which could lead to a dip in motivation. Our Exercises of the Week are a great start to trying out a different workout.

Benefits of using a sauna and steam room

Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of using a Sauna or Steam room? Monash Sport has a fantastic Sauna and Steam Room situated at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool at the Clayton Campus.

 Here are a five reasons to try them out:
 1. To Relax
The main reason for trying a steam room or sauna is to ‘chill out’. After a hard day at uni or work you may just need to relax, and that is exactly what you will do in a sauna or steam room. The combination of heat, plus a quiet environment is ideal for resting both the body and the mind. Even just a few minutes can transform your attitude and make you feel more mellow.

2. To Help Clear Your Pores
The heated environment in saunas and steam rooms cause your pores to open so you can release sweat. As your pores open and sweat, they also flush out any dirt or built up skin cells sitting on the surface or just below the surface of your skin. This environment will also stimulate blood flow to your skin leaving it feeling clean, soft and fresh.

3. To Help You Relieve Muscle Fatigue after a Hard Workout
An intense exercise session can leave your muscles tired, sore and stiff. Using the heat from a sauna (dry heat) or a steam room (wet heat) can loosen muscles and help muscle fibers recover faster.

4. To Assist to Detoxify your Body and Release Toxins
Regardless of how healthy you may be and how much you may try to live a balanced and health-focused lifestyle, your body is storing toxins. They can come from chemicals in your environment or from your food, and one way to release these toxins is to sweat them out in a steam room  or sauna.

5. To Improve Your Circulation
Safe exposure to heat through a sauna or steam room will get your heart pumping, thus increasing blood flow throughout your body.

Eating healthy over Easter

Easter is a great time of the year to relax with family and friends, however it has the capabilities to throw your eating plan off track. Here are seven ways to eat smarter during the Easter holidays.

1. Keep chocolate for dessert
Eating Easter eggs on an empty stomach can spike blood sugar levels and put you on a hunger and energy roller coaster. So make sure you eat Easter eggs after having a protein-based or high fibre meal. 

2. Choose wholegrain hot cross buns
Wholegrain hot cross buns have more fibre, vitamins and minerals compared to normal ones. Keep an eye out for them in bakeries.

3. Share your sweets
If you have too much chocolate around the house, share them with your friends, family and work colleagues. This avoids you being tempted by leftover Easter chocolate even after the holiday period has past.

4. Stock your fridge
Worried all you'll have in your kitchen during the Easter break is chocolate? Stock your fridge with healthy substitutes that still satisfy your sweet cravings. Use coca powder to make hot chocolate or smoothies, or make fruit kebabs to dip in melted dark chocolate, which is full of more antioxidants.

5. Give in to your cravings
If you deny your food cravings, you are more likely to overindulge. So if you feel like chocolate, eat some!

6. Monitor your food
Think you'll be snacking more than you'd like to over the Easter weekend? Try keeping a food diary, a US study found people who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records.

7. Build a calorie bank
Try to do exercise every day of the Easter break to balance out the consumption of extra kilojoules. This is also a good opportunity to get the family involved by going for a bike ride, a beach walk or having a kick of the footy!

For more nutrition tips like this, head to

SummerFest 2017 at Monash Sport

For the 2017 Monash SummerFest, Monash Sport was once again heavily involved in creating great events for students, staff and the Monash community. These two events were the College Clash and the Dive In Movie.

College Clash

The 2017 College Clash continued the trend of being bigger and better than the same event in previous years, hosting approximately 800 students on a night of fun activities and games which has become a highly anticipated event on the Monash college calendar.

Tug of war, skipping, tunnel ball, puzzles, an obstacle course and basketball shootout made up the games for this year's College Clash, with residential hall Howitt finishing on top of the points tally and therefore claiming the 2017 title.

The Campus Community Cup changed format from the cardboard boat race in it's inaugural year, with a dragon boat tug of oar in the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool. Close to 100 students lined the swimming pool's edges to support their representing team, equipped with banners and signs covered in their college's colours. The sound was deafening as colleges tried to better their opposing college's cheers. In the knockout tournament format, Jackomos won the cup and the $1,000 prize money for their college. Farrer came second and collected $500.

Monash's newest college Aquila made their College Clash debut. Consisting of both residential and non-residential students, the Peninsula campus college proved to be one of the most vocal and best dressed groups on the night.

Check out the highlights video for this year's College Clash here.

The top 10 placings for the 2017 College Clash:
10th - Orion on 75.1 points
9th - Centaurus on 79 points
8th - Briggs on 83.1 points
7th - Ursa on 85 points
6th - Richardson on 87 points
5th - Deakin on 88.6 points
4th - Homan / South East Flats on 90 points
3rd - Farrer on 95.5 points
2nd - Campbell / Turner on 97 points
1st - Howitt on 98.1 points

In the outside activities of Tug of War and Tunnel Ball the following halls all took wins:
Campbell / Turner
Holman / South East Flats

The Campus Community Cup Dragon Boat Tug of Oar results:
Semi Finalist - Howitt
Semi Finalist - Pegasus
2nd - Farrer
1st - Jackomos

Monash Sport would like to thank the Peninsula Dragonflys for the use of their dragon boat on the night. For more on the Dragonflys, head to their website here.

Dive In Movie
Over 70 members of the Monash community entered the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool after hours to enjoy a night of floating fun, watching Finding Dory on the inflated movie screen as they chilled out in the pool.

A combination of students, staff and families jumped in to watch the movie, using supplied floaties to relax. Free ice cream was also available to cap off the movie vibes, along withe beach chairs for those who felt like drying off.

Check out the highlights video for the Dive In Movie here.

Pay less, and play more!

For a limited time only, Monash Sport is holding a special offer on all racquet sport court hire.

We are adding extra visits to our multi session passes! Now you can pay for 9 and receive 12, that's 3 visits for free!

Sports will vary depending on what campus you are on, but may include:
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
For more information, or to purchase a pass, visit your campuses' Monash Sport Service Desk. Offer ends Sunday 26 March.

New Clayton Group Fitness Studio officially open

The new Group Fitness Studio at Monash Sport's Clayton facilities have recently opened to a great reception, following a refurbishment period that has transformed the space into a fantastic, modern purpose room.

The works included the reconfiguration of the current building roof and a new ceiling, new heating and cooling and enhanced acoustics to optimise the functioning aspects of the room. There is also a new sound system to help keep the tunes (and you!) pumping throughout the class. Check out the Semester 1 Group Fitness timetable and head to a class in the new studio today!

Monash Merchant - March Deals

March Deals 
at the Monash Merchant

Self serve items
Peanut Butter - starting from $3.95
Hazelnut Dark chocolate spread - starting from $2.95

Kombucha on tap by Grateful Harvest

Prices range from $1.99 - $11.99 

Yummy Karma, ready made meals

Prices from $6.99

Fresh Fodder, ready to go salads and meals
Prices from $6.99

Loyalty programme

Sign up to our loyalty programme and receive 2 points per $1 spent in-store. Valid until 31/03/17

Monthly specials – March

Check out our March catalogue for this months specials, available online at

Combo deals: Save by purchasing our combo deals

Lavazza Coffee + Caspers Pie - $5.49

Lavazza Coffee and Café style muffin - $3.49

View our full March catalogue here

To find out about our upcoming products follow us on 
Instagram @the-monash-merchant
Or visit our website

Stay on top of your fitness goals

It's March, and the realities of the year, and studies are well and truly here. So - how do you make sure you stay on top of your fitness goals when we're all getting busier? Here are a few tips.

Make it social
Working out with a friend is a great way to stay motivated to be active each week, and can also be more enjoyable than exercising solo. If you prefer to workout at different times to your friends, try the lively atmosphere of a group fitness class. Our Semester 1 Group Fitness timetable has plenty of classes with an upbeat and fun atmosphere. Check it out here.

Be realistic
Setting a new goal to achieve isn't always easy, so make sure your goal is reasonable to your ability. If you are attempting to alter your lifestyle to be healthier, then set fair expectations for yourself. Instead of setting a goal for two weeks ahead for example, think more along the lines of months. Don't be too hard on yourself!

Make the most of your membership
Know what services are on offer to you in your membership, as they can give you that extra help to achieve those fitness goals. This could be access to certain exercise areas, or assistance by fitness centre staff. 

Remember, personalised programs and assessments are available for free on most membership types to help you achieve your training goals. Please speak to one of our health and fitness instructors to book an appointment!

Mix it up 
So you've been going to the gym once a week for a month, and after doing the same program you were given when you started a membership, you want to try something different. 

To keep motivation levels high about working out, have a look for new ways to change up your routine. Our Fitness Centres have a new Exercise of the Week written up every week, giving you that chance to break up your routine while learning a new workout. Ask one of our health and fitness instructors today! 

Find the drive 
'Just to get fit' may not be a strong enough fitness goal that will motivate you to get active. Make your goal something you can measure and keep track of. Such as a weight goal or time for running a course.

Careers Expo visits Monash Sport

Careers Month will kick off this week with Monash’s largest careers event of the year - the Careers Expo. More than 75 organisations will be recruiting on campus, hosted right here at Monash Sport (Clayton campus)

This is a great opportunity for students to connect with employers, learn more about graduate and internship programs and pick up tips about recruitment processes. 
Two sessions will be available on the day. Students should attend the one most relevant to their faculty:

  • 10am - 12.30pm: Art, Design & Architecture, Information Technology, Engineering, Science 
  • 2.30 - 5pm: Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Law 
Monash Careers Fair app 
Students can also download the Monash Careers Fair app to see full details of participating organisations and where they are located on the day (AndroidiOS).

Newly Refurbished Group Fitness Studio at Clayton

Monash Sport is pleased to announce that the Clayton group fitness studio will reopen on Friday 3 March, after undergoing a significant refurbishment that has transformed the room into a fantastic, modern and fit for purpose space.  

The works included the reconfiguration of the current building roof and a new ceiling, new heating and cooling and enhanced acoustics to optimise the functioning aspects of the room.

The new air handling system in the refurbished studio provides a substantial improvement to the temperature extremes that were experienced in the cooler and warmer months. The new roof also ensures that the air handling system performs to at optimal efficiency and ensures that a level of natural light illuminates the space. The natural light is perfectly coupled with enhanced LED lighting to ensure ideal lighting is experienced at any time of the day

To help get you into the exercise zone, a new sound system has been installed to help keep the tunes (and you!) pumping throughout the class. Not only that, the new studio was redesigned to allow for an excellent acoustic environment so the music and instructors directions will be crystal clear.

An enhanced equipment storage area perfectly complements the space by blending functional equipment and bag storage with the quality look and feel of the studio.

Finally, a quality, sprung wooden floor has been installed to enhance shock absorption and member comfort in the room.


The Group Fitness Studio pre-refurbishment.

The Group Fitness Studio pre-refurbishment.

Monash AFL footy tipping competition - back for 2017!

Footy Tipping was a great addition to campus life in 2017. If you're new to AFL tipping, here's all you need to know.

AFL is important to many Australians, and Footy tipping is importantly tied into the lifestyle of AFL fans. For the third year running, Monash will continue its only University-wide tipping competition, which will allow students and staff to tip against each other.   

How it works:
Before the start of each round, you must tip which team will win their upcoming match. You receive one point if you correctly tip the winner, and no points if you tip wrongly. This is all carried out via the Monash AFL tipping website.

Private leagues:
AFL tipping is as fun as it is competitive, and lots of fun can be had by arranging your own private league with Uni friends or colleagues. This competition is exclusively for Monash staff and students, so leagues for college groups, faculty groups, staff groups and friendship groups are encouraged.

A 50 inch TV, Monash Sport memberships, Fit Bits are only some of the prizes up for grabs in the 2017 competition, with more to be announced closer to the start of the AFL season.

How can I win prizes?
Prizes can be won by anyone who enters the tipping competition. Even if you enter in a private league, you are still automatically entered in the overall competition, in which the tippers with the highest number of points at the end of the season will be awarded awesome prizes.

Best of all, there is not cost to enter, it is all FREE!

Enter Here!

New free online course by the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics snd Food

New free online course, Food as Medicine, by the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food.

Interested in learning more about food, nutrition and wellbeing?

Professor Helen Truby and her team in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics here at Monash University have developed a free online course helping to address the question- can we use food as medicine?

Food has traditionally been used as medicine and this course looks to explore its current role in health and disease and how foods have been used as medicine in the past; take a closer look at nutrition science and how it guides us on what and how much to eat for health; and how to apply evidenced-based nutrition knowledge to guide food choices.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in food, nutrition and health and does not require previous knowledge or experience in science or health studies.

This course would also be of interest to medical and healthcare professionals looking to upskill their knowledge in food and nutrition, and see what the current evidence is for using foods to improve health.

Food as Medicine starts on Monday 13 March 2017.

To learn more about this course
Or to register 

Happy Hour now includes squash and badminton!

Squash and badminton court hire are now included in our discounted Happy Hour, 12-2pm Monday to Friday.

All Monash staff and students can now hire badminton and squash courts 50% off the regular court hire price during Happy Hour at Clayton campus.

Until now Happy Hour has only consisted of tennis court hire, where Monash staff and students can hire a tennis court for $2 an hour between 12-2pm Monday to Friday at Clayton and Peninsula campuses.

We are excited to be able to make sport more accessible and affordable for students and staff at Monash! To make the most of badminton and squash joining Happy Hour at Clayton campus, or for more information, head to our website.

Multi Session Pass Sale at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool!

Swim more... Pay less!

For a limited time only, pay upfront for 9 multi sessions passes to the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool and receive 12. That's 3 for free!

For more information, or to purchase a pass, please visit the Aquatics Service Desk located in Monash Sport's Clayton campus facilities. Offer ends Sunday 12 March

Conditions apply.

Lap Lane Availability

Please note that tomorrow (Friday 10th February) we are hosting a school swimming carnival between 9am-3pm. The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool will be very busy during this time, with some limited lap lane availability.

You can view our lap lane availability here.

Monash University Football Club – Coaching Positions

Monash Blues are seeking applicants for the following positions:
Reserves Coach
Senior Line Coach – Backline
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Monash Blues will field 6 teams in 2017, its senior teams playing in Premier B. After a strong showing in Premier B in 2016, and with an outstanding senior coaching team, newly resurfaced Frearson Oval and an inaugural women’s team, the Monash Blues are poised for a successful 2017.

Monash Blues seek positive and enthusiastic applicants who will fulfill their role with integrity and who will share our excitement for the future.

Applications to Club Secretary Marty Phillips at by 21 February. Phone inquiries to President Phil De Young on 0422 002 874.