4 apps to help make living in shared accommodation easier

During our time at university we learn a lot more than just educational content pertaining to our chosen degree. We also mature and grow as people.

Anyone who’s lived in a share house will tell you that it’s definitely a growing experience! They’ll also probably suggest you hide a back-up roll of toilet paper for yourself, just incase.

Though, if you want to ensure you never have to actually use that back-up toilet roll, we suggest you check out a few of these awesome apps.

And, if you ever need a break from being at home, don’t forget you’re always welcome in our libraries! We have WiFi, comfy study stations, designated silent zones (ahh, the luxury of quiet), air-conditioning and much more, and are open on weekends (check our opening hours here)! 

Our Groceries

By: HeadCode
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play 

Stay on top of your grocery lists. You can create and share grocery lists with hour housemates, and when you cross off items, this will instantly sync – so everyone knows what’s left to buy.

Splitwise

By: Splitwise, Inc. 
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play 

Use this app to split all household bills evenly. Easily keep track of bills and expenses, how much each person has spent on what and any IOUs. Everyone can log in, see their balances and add new expenses. You can also enable push notifications for all updates, or just when important bills are due.

Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks

By: 6 Wunderkinder
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play 

Create and share to-do lists. Create multiple lists such as shopping lists, chores, bills and more. Share them with your housemates and send notifications when tasks have been completed. The app instantly syncs between devices.

IOU

By: Sergey Tubin
Cost: $3.99
Available: App Store and Google Play 

Keep on top of any debts between housemates, without having to be confrontational! Don’t want to ask Laura for the $37 she owes you for internet in person? Don’t fret. IOU records it for you! The app has options to schedule reoccurring debts, payments and notifications to keep on track of all bills and personal loans.


You can borrow a laptop from the library

Did you know that as a Griffith University student you can borrow a laptop for free from the library service desk?

Simply come visit the friendly staff at the library service desk with your photo ID, and we’ll loan you a laptop for three whole hours.

You can use the laptop anywhere on campus; whether you want to head outside, go to class or bunker down in the library, it’s up to you.

All laptops have the basic student software installed and are connected to the University’s wireless network.

Now, be aware that we don’t have an endless supply of laptops. Get in early during the busy periods to avoid disappointment. It’s first come, first served!

Laptops are available for loan during library services opening hours (not to be confused with library building opening hours).


Some of the best fictional librarians

We love our Griffith University librarians the best 😍.

But, as a whole, we think librarians are pretty awesome.

So today, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best fictional librarians to hit our screens.

Rupert Giles – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy could never have slayed the amount of vampires she did if it wasn’t for her trusty librarian mentor, Rupert Giles. Giles is Buffy’s ‘Watcher’, a member of a secret council that aims to prepare ‘Slayers’ to fight vampires and other demonic forces. His guise? Being the librarian at Buffy’s high school, Sunnydale High.

Barbara Gordon – Batgirl

Who thinks there are not nearly enough superhero librarians? #WeDo. Thank goodness for Batgirl. Barbara Gordon – head of Gotham City Public library by day, crime-fighting extraordinaire by night.

The Gray Lady – Ghostbusters

The Gray Lady is the ghost of librarian, Eleanor Twitty, and the very first ghost encountered by the Ghostbusters. While she only plays a minor part in the movie, the Ghostbusters video game has an entire Library level she features in!

Mary – Party Girl

Everyone loves a classic ’90s comedy. We especially love this movie as the main character in Party Girl, Mary, is a librarian. While she may be a tad reckless, her love of working in libraries eventually leads her to settle down.

Taystee – Orange is the New Black

Taystee, an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary, finds solace through working in the prison library. Through this, she’s developed a good understanding of the law, and often provides her fellow inmates with advice.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know your favourite fictional librarian!


Check out our new Griffith Uni IT social media pages

We’re sure you’ve been following our Library social media pages—FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube—for ages, right?

Well, did you know that Digital Solutions has recently launched social media pages, too?

Stay up-to-date with Griffith University’s IT – find out about the IT services we offer, news and updates, IT discounts, events and interesting IT information. You can follow @GriffithUniIT on:


National Stress Awareness Day

 

The final trimester for the year is underway and we want to address the stress.

Ahhh university. Assignments, exams, GROUP WORK. We get it, times can get stressful. So, here at the library, we want to let you in on our top five tips to help keep your stress under control this trimester. Let’s make this time a good time!

Exercise

We know, we know – it’s much easier said than done. However, we’re not saying go compete in the local bodybuilding and weight lift competition after coming from your F45 challenge with the Commando (but hey, if that’s what you’re into). We’re talking a relaxing yoga or pilates session, a nice half hour walk around the block or a bike ride to the local park. Perks of going to university in a forest? Nature walks! Have a look at the beautiful walks around the campuses. Or maybe you even have some time between or after classes to check out our fitness centres or sports clubs. I mean, who could resist that pool during summer? So. Much. Choice.

Engage in deep breathing exercises and meditation

This sounds simple, but trust us, it really works. Inhaling for five seconds, holding for one, then exhaling for five again a few times over will help to clear your mind and relax your body. Even sitting alone in a quiet and relaxing place for five to ten minutes a day can work wonders for stress reduction. Apparently the library has some really great chill out spots? How convenient.

Good night’s sleep

We get that binge-watching Netflix until the early hours of the morning can be very tempting, and yes, we know, scrolling through the library blog late at night is ADDICTIVE, but trust us, you’ll regret it more than that time you had extra pudding at Christmas. Did you know that the blue light your screen gives off actually slows down the production of melatonin in your body (the thing that tells our brains it’s time for sleep)? Hop into bed at a reasonable hour and use the relaxation breathing technique mentioned earlier to clear your mind before you sleep.

Manage your time and avoid procrastination

Have you heard that having a large workload is the number one factor resulting in stress? Rid yourself of distractions; putting off your work is short term gain, only resulting in long term pain. Prioritise your work load and make a list in order for all things to get completed, and more importantly, completed in time. Here’s a great time management plan for you to familiarise yourself with.

And most importantly…

Understand that it’s more than okay to have a limit. If you need a break, time to rest or to even re-think your study load, we totally understand! Remember, it’s not against the rules to have some fun and relax during your spare time, or to reward yourself with breaks when ticking off your priority list.

 

If your stress is drastically impacting your wellbeing, whether it be from university or personal life, we highly recommend having a casual talk with our on-campus counsellor. They have lots to offer.

 


Watch the Melbourne Cup in our libraries today

Study breaks are important.

That is why we’ll be airing The Race That Stops a Nation on our library screens at 2 pm this arvo. Swing on by to enjoy the race in air-conditioned comfort – BYO hat and frock.

Fun Facts about the Melbourne Cup:

  • The Cup has always run on a Tuesday – the first Tuesday in November to be precise. It was first run on a Tuesday in 1875.
  • Fashions on the field was first held in 1962. See some of the best fashion from 2016.
  • The current Melbourne Cup time record is held by Kingston Rule, who won in 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds in 1990.
  • Lucky Victorians get the day off as an official Public Holiday.
  • The youngest ever jockey to win the cup was only 12 years old!
  • The first and only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup was Michelle Payne in 2016. Women have only been allowed to compete in the Cup since 1987.

Check out our research on men’s health this Movember

By now, you may have noticed an increase in men sporting the beginning stages of a Mo.

No, society isn’t trying to mimic Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins’ style. It’s Movember.

Movember is about raising awareness of men’s health – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health, with a goal to ‘change the face of men’s health’.

Initially, it started with a group of Australian men growing moustaches to sport throughout the month of November. It has since evolved to become a global event, and you don’t need to grow a Mo to participate. If you want to support the cause, you can:

  • Grow: grow a Mo – your Mo can inspire donations, conversations and real change.
  • Move: move this Movember by walking or running 60 kilometres over the month – that’s 60 km for the 60 men we loose to suicide each hour, every year.
  • Host: raise the roof with a get-together and raise much-needed funds for men’s health.

This Movember, we thought we’d highlight the fantastic research Griffith is doing in the field of men’s health.

Browse all our research on men’s health via Griffith Research Online (GRO), or check out a few of the interesting articles we’ve included below: