Written by Timothy Bennett & Sarah McPherson, two of Swinburne’s new industry-based learning students.
1. Coffee. Really, really good coffee.
As a university student, you’ll soon learn that a good quality coffee can be the difference between a pass and a fail. Hawthorn is home to some of Melbourne’s best coffee, the dead set nicest baristas you’ll ever meet and more milk alternatives than you can poke your man bun at. Our biased café picks are Oscar Mike (Bean Hunter’s Top Hawthorn Café), AlleyTunes (coffee as good as their music), The Little Tuckshop (new kids on the block) and Axil Coffee Roasters (Good Café Guide 2013: Best Coffee), although don’t forget Haddons or Café Gomez are on campus if you’re pressed for time but refuse to compromise on quality.