16th February – 24th February 2008
One Hall, One Week…
…Let the Games Begin!
Welcome all our new Richonians to our beloved Richardson Hall, your new home for the
coming year and the place where you‟ll have the best fun, and make heaps of great friends!
And welcome also to what is sure to be one of the best O-Weeks EVER!
At the moment, we're sure that you're probably a little daunted by the completely new environment
that is Richo, however, this little guide will become your bible for getting to know your new
surroundings and the people who'll be making sure that your transition and year are as fun and
interesting as possible.
A large number of us were here just last year, so trust us when we say, we understand! We get that
even knowing little things, like where to get some food, is amazingly helpful!
However, if you should happen to find that there's ANYTHING that you need to know that isn't found
in our lovely little survival guide, please don't hesitate to ask your O-Week leaders or Residential
Advisors (known as RA's) for any help you need. We're all amazingly friendly and we're most definitely
here to help, so always ask, and we'll see what we can do!
So, here's wishing that you guys have a totally AWESOME O-Week! We hope that you'll come to see
moving into Richo was one of the best things you ever did! (We do!)
Get ready and raring to meet, greet, laugh, have fun, get involved and pose for all our crazy O-Week
The O-Week Team
O-Week Leaders are….
Hey hey all our new Richo moosies!!
I'm Jess, a loud and proud Arts student in my second year this year. I was born in the
bumkin town of Corowa, but I‟m really a melbourne girl at heart and live only half an hour
away in Cranbourne. I love clubbing, shopping, Richo, smiling (you'll see me doing so
often), having fun, and I have been noted for my tendency to go a bit hyper occasionally...
You'll notice me bouncing. (Literally!)
I'm here to make sure you guys have an AWESOME O-Week, so feel free to come and
chat to me, make friends with me and if you have any questions throw 'em my way! And
RICHO HOO HA HA!!!
G'day Richo residents! My name is Rob, however I am better known as Robbie Rob. Out
of the Monash Calendar Year you will find me kickin' it in lovely downtown Moe, in the
heart of Gippsland, VIC. Currently completing my second year of Commerce/IT, I love
spending the wee hours playing pool in the common room or watching music max with
Dan. I am also the President of your Richardson Hall Society this year - some may say
I‟ll be busier than a one armed brick layer in Baghdad! I love living at Richo as I‟m sure
all of you will after a big O-week. Whether you have questions during o-week, or
you're just up for a bit of a yarn, my door is always open!
Hey everyone, my name is Daniel and I‟m from the great state that is New South
Wales, albeit only just. I‟m originally from the border town of Albury, but don‟t
mistake it for Wodonga because they are two VERY different places. I‟m a second year
arts student, but this year I will also be in my first year of law. When I‟m not at uni,
you will find me watching far too much music max channel or sitting in the comsie for
hours on end. I love the Richo functions and as your 2008 Male Functions Rep, I will be
sure to crack out some ordinary and poorly thought out costumes over the year, but
hopefully I can encourage others to do so too. O-week is a great time to meet people
and have some fun, so get out there and get involved. I look forward to meeting you all.
Hi everyone my name is Kate. I‟m from Darwin in the Northern Territory. Just to clear up a
few false impressions you might have, Darwin is tropical not in the desert(plenty of water
and very green!), we don‟t have camels they are in Alice Springs and no, crocodiles do not
wander the streets, not often anyway! :) I moved to Melbourne at the start of last year and
I‟m about to enter my second year of Commerce majoring in Marketing. I love shopping,
Greys Anatomy and partying at Richo! I‟m a massive Geelong supporter! Richo is a great
place to live and O week is a lot of fun so I‟m sure you will all have an awesome week! If you
have any questions please come and ask me!
Hey there and welcome to Richo.
My name is Steve although I do seem to acquire the occasional odd nickname, i.e fruity
steve. I reside from the fruit capital of the world Shepparton and study
commerce/engineering. I am a mad motorsport fan, enjoy a bit of golf and hockey. You‟ll
always find me somewhere around the hall, whether it be in the court yard, common
room or what not talking to much so don‟t hesitate to sit down and have a chat. I am
your vice president for hall soc this year so if you have any great ideas let me know I
will see what I can do. My only word of wisdom to offer is to get in and have a crack
because o-week is a lot of fun and it only happens once.
Hey guys! I‟m Roxy and I‟m from the town that is known as the „Heart of the
Murray‟, that is Swan Hill! This year I‟ll be undergoing my second year of a
Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting. Throughout the year you‟ll be
sure to see me chatting and avoiding study in the common room or courtyard, or
heading to Chaddy to do some shopping! I‟m also Treasurer of the Richardson Hall
Society and am hoping that everyone will come along to all the social events
throughout the year as they are always heaps of fun. O-week is a great week, so
make sure you get involved in every activity and meet as many people as possible!
Well well well - Congrats guys on making it into the (official) best hall EVER! My name
is Christina but you guys can call me 'X, - short for Xtina, chrissy is not acceptable!
You have been warned :) I'm an international student, the secretary of your hall
society and a PROUD female engineer ! Im one of a kind - go to the faculty and you'll
see! :) I was born in Zimbabwe and have lived in 8 countries since then! I love
travelling, reading, clubbing, hockey, rugby, cricket, DC (you'll learn about it), and
"socialising" in our very relaxed courtyard and 'the Nott'! I warn you now - this will
be the best week of the year so I'LL make sure YOU make the most of it! If you're
confused -come talk to us - no question is a silly one! Richo hoo ha ha!
Hi, my name is Leo. I am here learning to be an engineer. I love sport of any kind and
play Footy and cricket. I will be trying hard to keep Richo's sporting spirit high as
male sports rep. I also enjoy having a bit of a jam with other musos and listening to
Triple J. I have been known to be on the other side of the bar at the Nott but don't
worry I don't miss any of the Richo functions! I live near the bush and the beach in
the small but strong country town, Koonwarra.
Have a great o-week, and get involved in as much as possible!
Hey guys my name is Kristin and I‟m from the great town of Wangaratta, more
affectionately known as „The Wang‟. This is my second year living at Richardson Hall so
feel free to direct any questions about hall and university life my way. You can often find
me procrastinating around the common room or courtyard but when I eventually make it
to class I am a passionate science student with a particular interest in Psychology. As
part of your Hall Society of 2008 I guarantee an action packed year, and I‟m looking
forward to meeting the new generation of Richo residents!
Hey I'm Meagan! I'm a proud country girl from the beautiful windswept beachy town
of Warnambool. Im in my second year of Arts/Science and spend my time at both
Caulfield and Clayton. I love my sports including netball, surfing, snowboarding and
hockey and you'll definately see me heading to as many Melbourne Footy Club games as
possible. I live for music festivals and love the environment! I'm pretty laid back and
you can usually find be lazing around in the projector room munching on chocolate! You
guys are in the BEST hall so live it up! I encourage everyone to join some societies and
clubs (I can suggest some good ones) and chat to as many people as possible -
INCLUDING ME! Enjoy O-Week guys :) xo
Hailing from Malaysia, I am happy to be Richo's 2008 International Rep. I like long
moonlit walks on the beach and candlelit dinners. An avid fan of Stewie Griffin and Eric
Cartman, I feel it is my divine responsibility to remind people that the glass is actually
half full, not half empty. Anyway, internationals make up something like half of the
Richardson Hall cohort. I'll use every means possible to get more people to participate
in Hall's activities. I look forward to getting to know ALL of ya.
Hey my name is Anika Bulcock (yeah you can have a giggle if you must), but everyone
calls me Neeks. I am an exchange student from the motherland, and have been sent to
the colony of Australia until July. I am half way through my second year of a Bachelor
of Arts in Human Geography. I love my sport, especially when England is
competing…*cough* Rugby World Cup. I lent my talents to the Richo sporting teams,
and became known throughout MRS as England‟s best sporting export, featuring in
Basketball, Netball, Table Tennis, AFL… Having come to Richo mid year I was made to
feel welcome straight away and quickly got swept up in the madness and fun that is
Richardson Hall. I hope you all have an AWESOME time in Richo and we'll do our best
to make it as much fun for you as possible. Tally ho for now xx
College Head: Jonathan Brown
Jono lives with his wife Krissy, son Oliver and pet cat Socks. Jono has been at
Richardson Hall for 3 years, and Monash University for 11! He lectures in the
School of Geography and Environmental Science, and is the person to ask if you
have any questions about soil (which you probably don't). Retired from rugby
(due to a nasty habit of getting injured), Jono now enjoys playing golf, social
sport, and helping Richardson Hall win the MRS sports title (this usually
involves cheering as he is rarely good enough to actually make the team). Jono
can often be found going for a walk around Richardson Hall of an evening, often
with Oliver, and both Krissy and Jono can be found chasing Socks around the
carpark when she escapes out the front door. If you have any problem or
questions, please come and ring the doorbell out the front of Jono's office
(near Stairway 10), as he is always up for a chat if you need help.
Deputy College Head:
This will be Kat's 6th year living at MRS but her first as DCH at Richo.
Previously she has lived at Howitt Hall but recently succumbed to the call of
the Moose! Kat is originally from East Gippsland, Victoria but now spends most
of her time at uni either studying (though hopefully not anymore) or working as
a Human Resources assistant in the Faculty of Law. Kat's favourite past time
activities include drinking copious amounts of coffee catching up with friends,
listening to live music and reading, just to name a few. Please feel free to come
and visit her whether you need some assistance or just want to have a friendly
Senior Resident Advisor:
Welcome to Richo. My name is Adrian Koorn, known to the masses as "Crazy-Pant-Koorn-
Dog" or simply "Koorny". This is my fourth year at Richo and second as part of the
Residential Support Team. 2008 is the fourth year in my epic five year
Arts/Engineering degree. I'm a huge cats fan, and a massive admirer of the great man
Matthew Stokes. I also have an embarrassing addiction to chick TV in the from of
Grey's Anatomy (thanks Paige). But i cancel this out with frequent displays of manliness
and can often be found making a 'carcass' out of a piece meat with Steve in the common
room or jumping off the nearest car port. This aside I'm always up for a chat and am
more than happy to help anyone out as they settle into Richo. Welcome again to Richo, i
hope you enjoy the hall as much as i do.
Hey I‟m Dani. I study psychology and this is my fourth year at Richo. I love to shop and I‟m
dressed to impress everywhere I go and the common room is no exception! I‟m addicted to
Facebook. I can‟t live without lipgloss and I idolise Paris Hilton. I love Justin Timberlake but
probably not as much as Amanda does! When I'm not at Richo I can usually be found at
Chadstone either working or shopping! I'm passionate about the environment. Green is the new
black so keep our planet cool by looking hot!!! As far as I'm concerned dancing is the new
walking and singing is the new talking. Fake tan is hot, a real tan is not! Love pink and love
Richo in 2008!
G‟Day! My name is Prakash and I am a 5th Year Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering
student, and yes I have been at Richo since day 1 of uni! I was born in Newcastle,
and have lived in Adelaide, India, Singapore, Malaysia and now Melbourne. I am a
keen aviation enthusiast and recently obtained my Private Pilot License. I enjoy
playing cricket and watching a variety of movies. If not at Richo, I‟m usually at
Moorabbin airport checking planes out or in the projector room watching Fox
Sport, or at the Nott in the evenings for a good pub meal.
My door is always open to anyone, so see you all soon!
Welcome to Richo. My name is Chris but you will no doubt get to know me as "Muff" (dont
ask its not a great story). I'm originally from Melbourne but have spent the last 12 years
in Ballarat before moving to Richo in 2006. I'm very keen on sports, and can commonly be
found representing richo in the inter-halls comp and supporting the mighty Demons in the
projector room. This is my third year of my Bachelor of Commerce degree where i'm a
economics and management double major. I also quietly boast the most pimped out room
in Richo so come check it out some time!!! Cheers, Chris.
Hi, Welcome to the home of the moose! I am Robbie and I will be an R.A. here at Richo
in 2008. I am originally from South Western Victoria, from a farm near Hamilton. I love
the country and getting to the coast for a surf, but Richo is my little haven in the city.
I‟m studying third year Civil Engineering/Arts at Monash, nearly half way through but
really enjoying the course and the uni life! Richardson is a great hall and has a close knit
community that is very welcoming, I think you will love the place! I am always available if
you need a hand or even if you just want to catch up. Looking forward to getting to
Krish is a fourth year commerce and law student that originates from Malaysia. This is
his second year as an RA and a Computer Coordinator. Krish is an all round nice guy and
loves to sit and have a chat with anyone. He spends a lot of his time at the pool tables in
the common room. In fact, some think that playing pool is all he does. Thankfully he is
good at it! Krish has helped Richo win the inter-halls pool comp in the past. Krish is a big
fan of soccer and Liverpool FC. Last year, Krish decided to explore his possibilities as a
stand up comedian. With the use of EXTREME profanity combined with depressing
stories about his everyday life, Krish is bound to leave you in stitches. He was part of the
Best New Comics line-up and performed at The Comics Lounge.
Welcome to Richo for what should be a fantastic 2008! My name is Andrew but I'm
commonly known as (the other) Johno and this year, I will be commanding the troops
in Stairway 9. I am a 3rd year Commerce and Law student who hails from the
township of Torquay on the Surf Coast.
Apart from being an easy-going bloke, I am passionate about sport and I hope to play
an active role in bringing the Inter-halls sports trophy back to Richo for the 4th
year in a row. I also play cricket, golf, tennis and regularly attend footy matches
watching the mighty Geelong Football Club dominate.
Wishing you all a sensational O-Week and good luck for the year ahead.
Hey guys welcome to Richo,
my name's Hannah but I also answer to Han, Hanskie, Hans or wait for it
Hannibal…And I'm the Resident Advisor for Stairway 8. I'm a third year
Biomedical Science student and consider myself a country girl at heart, venturing
back on occasion to the infamous Dale to soak up some of that clean country air,
ahh the serenity!!! As you get to know me you'll come to realize I have a tendency
to dress myself in an assortment of wigs blonde, red or black you name it, I've
worn it! As well as harboring the tendency to wield a camera at every opportunity.
I can most often be found sprawled out in the courtyard attempting to form some
sort of tan on my oh so white skin, that is unless its raining and then I'll be
bumming round for hours on end in the common room… With that little intro out of
the way my new Richonians my advice to you all is this…Go out and have the time of
your life! Make the most of what I'm sure is destined to be an awesome year and
I'm sure you'll come to adore Richo as much as I do xox
Tom is a third-year arts student majoring in politics and history, and he hopes to one
day use his degree to break into the waste disposal industry. In between class and
making skinny soy decaf chai lattes he likes to trawl Bigfooty, eat rice and yoghurt,
comment on The Natural's chin and watch The Boondocks. Tom is a keen Geelong fan
and most weekends (actually, anytime) can be found bragging about how good they are
and how rubbish every other team in the competition is.
Hey kids, my name is Amanda but I'm sure you'll pick up one of my various nicknames in
good time. Some might say I've been known to raise my voice from time to time, a trait
that makes me a top supporter at Richo sports and for my honeys down at the
Hawthorn FC. I'm great at wrapping presents, I don't really like snakes, I love
confectionery and I've made my bed 3 times in my life. I'm from the sunny coastal
town of Port Douglas and most people think I'm crazy to even contemplate moving to
Melbourne. Nevertheless I'm in my third year of a Science degree and my third year
at Richo, which is why I know each and every one of you will find your place here and
have an awesome year. As one of your major functions co-ordinators, there is
guaranteed FUN to be had this year. With many crazy parties and sporting titles to
defend just around the corner, we welcome you new moosies to come and play and be
merry! 2008 is going to rock your socks off!!!
Ra Contact Numbers:
College Head- Jonathan Brown x57269
Deputy College Head- Kat Ringland x57258
SRA- Adrian Koorn x57241
Stairway 2- Prakash Gururajan x57270
Stairway 3- Amanda Barnett x57246
Stairway 4- Krish Sivenesan x57247
Stairway 5- Robbie Frawley x57251
Stairway 6- Dani Wolff x57283
Stairway 7- Chris McMullin x57256
Stairway 8- Hannah Young x57261
Stairway 9- Andrew Johnson x57267
Stairway 10- Tom Richardson x57162
Yes, believe it or not, we do have our very own Richo theme song...
We are the pride of Richardson
We wear maroon, blue and gold
We will always fight for victory
Like the Residents of old
All for one
And one for all
We will answer to the call
We are the mooses
The RICHO Mooses
United we stand strong
As we sing our mighty
RICHO HOO HA HA!!
Our Little Olympic Village:
Our hall is made up of 10 stairways all up (9 residential and 1 common), each of which has 6 levels.
Each stairway houses approximately 25 Olympians and all of them are cared for by an RA (Residential Advisor).
The RA's are senior students (often 3rd year and older) who are responsible to ensure that each stairway is a
comfortable and happy place to be.
Each floor has a kitchenette and bathroom, usually shared by about 4-5 ressies. The Kitchenettes have a food
preparation area, a sink and some cupboards for storing your crockery and utensils. The only electric device
allowed in the Kitchenette is a kettle with an automatic cut-off switch. So to avoid getting caught out and in
trouble, all cooking must be done in the Richo Kitchen.
The Bathrooms and Kitchenettes are cleaned daily by our lovely cleaners (feel free to say hi and give them a
wave if you see them about), however things like your dishes are your responsibility.
As far as your room and laundry go, they are also your job. But we do get fresh linen every week (Tuesdays
between 6pm and 9pm). All you have to do is trundle on down to the linen exchange room (we'll show you where it
is on the tour), take your dirty sheets and get yourself some new ones. Easy as!
Each stairway also has a communal bath and two fridges. The fridges are usually found on the 3rd and 5th floors.
You can feel free to use them to store your refrigerated goodies!
The Lovely Place We Call Home:
Each Olympian has their own room at Richo... Our own little space to personalise!
Already in your room you'll find:
Spring base bed, mattress and bedhead
2 MRS Blankets, 2 Sheets, mattress protector, bedspread, pillow and case
Desk with two drawers and shelves above it
Small cube shaped cupboard (which will usually be your bed
Desk Chair and Arm Chair
Long Wall Mirror (you might have to scout around for
it, some are on the inside of the wardrobe doors)
Wardrobe with drawers and hanging space
2 Power points (usually one near your desk for a
Phone and Internet Connection Points
AND NOW TO COMBAT THE BARENESS:
You may have noticed how the starkness of the white walls burns your eyes and that that it hurts to
see your room so bare... so to help settle yourself in, you might like to add some personal touches to
Some things you could bring to make this little white room your warm and comfy abode are:
Bar Fridge (120-140L are the ideal size)
Kettle (with a self cut-off switch for the much needed caffeine hit during the midnight hours)
Fan (really can't recommend these enough! In summer the rooms facing the courtyard get quite
a bit of sun...)
Your Doona (for a homely feel)
Pillows, Cushions, Bean bag
Phone (you pay for the connection regardless, you might as well use it... 'FREE' inter-hall calls!!)
Alarm Clocks (for the joy that is “the 8am start”)
Pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glasses and other kitchen utensils
Containers (preferably microwave safe)
Laundry bag/basket and laundry powder
Towels and tea-towels
Laptop or PC (a great idea if you have one, but don't forget that there's always the computer
room if you don't)
Network Cable (so that you can connect to the internet in your room... lovely pretty blue in
And all your fav personal things like posters, pics and artwork to fill your walls... they do wonders to
make you feel at home!
Safety at Richo:
Our number one priority at Richo is that everyone lives in a comfortable and safe environment which is
why we have security monitoring the premises at all times.
We also ask certain things of our ressies to make sure that
everyone is always safe.
Although it's already been mentioned, the only cooking
equipment allowed in the kitchenettes or your room is a kettle
with a cut off switch, because other appliances are potential
safety hazards and also because we don't want to be violating
our MRS safety regulations.
You're definitely allowed to use other appliances, but it must be
in the main kitchen.
Realms of Richo…
The Richo common areas are all located in stairway 1 (the only non-residential stairway) and is the
place-to-be to cook, wash clothes and just hang out with your new-found Richo mates. We've added in
all the nicknames too, so you're down with the lingo before you even start.
The Common Room: COMMSY
Located up the stairs (of the common area), the Commsy is the place to chill and watch our athletes
get competitive in games of table tennis and pool. It's open 24/7 and has 2 pool tables and 2 table
tennis tables, a stereo, vending machines (for those midnight munchies), lots of couches and multiple
tables and chairs for you to hang out and meet many new faces. It's bound to be a daily haunt, as
people flock in at dinner time to use the kitchen (which adjoins the Common room), to eat and to chat.
Newpapers are delivered daily to the hall, so it's also the perfect place to spend those hours in
between classes reading and catching up on what's happening in the world.
Adjoining our beloved common room is the Richo Kitchen. It houses 8 stoves and ovens, 2 long benches
for food prep, 3 BIG sinks, dishwashing liquid and paper towel. Basically all you need is you and your
cooking stuff and you'll be set! For safety there are also fire blankets and a fire extinguisher in case
of an emergency. Of course, there's regulations to prevent emergency situations, but just remember
that they're there just in case. You're definitely bound to find hungry ressies cooking up a storm, so
don't be afraid to get in there and show 'em all your amazing kitchen skills!
The Laundry funnily enough is used for... wait for it... YOUR LAUNDRY! You'll find it easily by walking
through the commsy and straight in the door. All machines and dryers are „free‟ for Richo ressies
(we're really lucky because many other halls have to pay). All you need to bring is your own washing
detergent, and, of course, your dirty clothes. If you have any problems operating the machines, just
The projector room:
Can be found through the commsy. It has Foxtel, a DVD
player, video player, and a giant projector screen (hence
the name). The projector room can be used for any TV
viewing, and can be booked (by putting a note on the door)
for specific things you might want to watch.
It's also home to Friday night movies (every Friday during
semester) and hosts many big events, such as the Grand
Upstairs TV Room:
There are two upstairs TV rooms. One is named the 'Parlour' and can be booked if needed and the
second is called the 'TV Room'. (Makes sense, huh?!) The parlour hosts our Richo Roast Nights
(prepared by our wonderful RA's), and International food nights. AND.... drumroll....
...the 'TV Room' has, in 2007, become one of the coolest rooms in Richo! Thanks to the 2007 Richo Hall
Society, it now has a brand new PLASMA TV, new DVD player and brand new (very comfy) couches. It's
located through the mail room, and it's become a regular place for all the 'Neighbours' junkies to hang
out at 6pm every weeknight. We're very proud of it, so feel free to make it a regular hangout.
The Richo Shop is open every night of the week, and is run by our RA's. It's the perfect place to buy
drinks, chocolates, lollies, and other goodies at cheap prices. They also sell milk and laundry detergent,
should you find yourself running low on the essentials and no supermarket in sight.
The area out the front of the shop is also the place where you'll find our Richo coffee and cake
evenings, and during the more stressful times of the year, Toast nights, to give all our hard-working
Richo ressies a little break.
Don't forget to keep an eye out on the blackboard for all our upcoming functions, events and balls
(brought to you by your awesome Publicity officer, Kristin).
The Later Years Common Room:
Is reserved especially for those in their later years of their degree, or who are doing post-graduate
study. It's located just around the corner of the games room, downstairs, below the projector room.
Our Beautiful Lake:
located on the way to campus, the lake is a great place to sit and relax. You can take in the scenery or
perhaps, if it‟s your thing you can feed the ducks!
The Games Room: GAMESY
Is located downstairs near the Gym and Later Years Common Room. It will most probably be the home
of many shenanigans at Richo during the year, such as functions, and is also used for late night
gatherings, to ensure that the noise is kept down for our other residents.
The room has an awesome sound system (from the 2006 Hall Society), couches and a foosball table. It
can be booked for parties free of charge also. All you need to do is grab a form from the MRS
Operations Office (aka: Op's Office).
As for our functions (basically our Richo parties), you'll watch the gamesy go...
The Richo Gym, opened in 2005, is where you'll find many of our residents working up a sweat and
getting buff! It houses weights, a treadmill, exercise bike, weight machine, sit-up and chin-up tower, an
elliptical (or 'air-stepper') and a bench. It's also has a stereo to get you pumped, so feel free to make
up a gym CD and get workin'! (Oh and the TV and video in the Gym currently don't work... but watch
The Mailroom with our Trophy Cabinet:
Proud of our achievements? Yes we are!! For the THIRD YEAR RUNNING, our Trophy Cabinet houses
the MRS Aggregate Sports Trophy for our efforts throughout 2005, 2006 AND 2007 (!!) during MRS
Inter-Residential Sport... more about this later though.
The mailroom is located right of the shop (as you walk up the stairs to the common areas). Your mail
will be sorted by the first letter of your last name (ie: Amanda Barnett would collect her mail from the
mailbox marked “B”), and you should check it at the start of every month to get your MRS
Accomodation Bill. (And of course for your more happy types of mail that aren't bills). The key that
you got when you moved in (that isn't your room key) will be for your mailbox.
The Computer Room:
The Computer Room is found downstairs past the Later Years Common Room (or simply downstairs from
the Shop), and is home to 6 computers, all connected to the internet and the Monash network. There
are also ports for laptops.
It's perfect for if you don't have a computer of your own, or for doing group assignments (like our
Engineering (or Eng) students).
The QSR (Quiet Study Room)
Our lovely little study room, affectionately known as the QSR,
is a place where you can study without always having to be in
Located up the stairs from the Commsy, it has it's own little
library too, which operates on an honour system. (ie: you
borrow it, you put it back PLEASE.)
Its a great open space to fit in all that last minute cramming
(watch it come ALIVE during exams), and also for any group
projects you might have.
The Music Room:
Downstairs, past the Later Years Common Room, is the place where all our Richo musicians can practice
their musical talents. It comes complete with a piano, and you are able to book the room, so you can
have your own personal practice space. Just speak to our Deputy College Head, Kat, and she'll set you
up with the code.
The Courtyard: COURTY
The Richo Courty is one of the most relaxing places to be on a nice sunny day. It's not uncommon to
find people lazing the day away on their picnic blankets with friends, or finishing off the hard uni day
with a barbie.
You‟ll find a lot of our O-Week activities will start in
the Courty (and it‟ll be the meeting place for all you
hungry O-Weekers to eat) so you‟ll get to know it
Monash Residential Services
Richardson Hall is managed through an extensive networking team of experienced residential
administrative and domestic staff, known collectively as “Monash Residential Services” (MRS). MRS
has been operating Richardson Hall since 1972, and so has become well accustomed to assisting the
various needs of its new ressies!
It has loads of experience, operating 6 Halls: Deakin, Farrer, Howitt, Roberts Normanby House and our
MRS provides services to ensure that all of its residents are safe, fed, and in a clean environment,
with College/Deputy Heads, Residential Advisors, Cleaners, Security, Maintenance Staff, and, of
course, the Operations Office. (You can reach the Op's Office by
dialing 9 from your room phone).
There's a Dining Hall open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (handy
for those days when you just don't feel like cooking).
MRS holds many skills seminars, functions, cooking classes and
sporting competitions throughout the year, so keep a lookout on our
blackboard and around the hall for info, and get involved!!
Security is 24/7, and if you ever lock yourself out of your room...
never fear! You can obtain a spare key from the Operations Office
(with ID) between (9am and 9pm everyday). However, if you happen to lock yourself out of your room
after hours (9pm-9am), security will happily let you into your room.
We have security guards which patrol the halls at night. You can tell who they are by their stunning
purple and blue shirts and they are amazingly friendly, so feel free to say hi. There will also be photos
of them on your stairway notice board, so that you can familiarise yourself with the regulars, as an
If you ever need security for ANY reason, don't hesitate to call them on
53059 (from either a room phone, mobile or one of the phones located
Another little safety measure, remember to lock your door when you leave
your room. There have, in the past, been instances where a ressie leaves
their room for “just a minute” and they return to find certain things
missing. Also, it's important that you make sure that the stairway door is
closed behind you, so that only Richo ressies are able to enter our stairways.
At the start of every month, it's important to check your mailbox for your rent bill.
Payments can be made a number of ways including...
Cash or EFTPOS at the Student Services Center (Building 3D)
B-Pay (on the phone)
For more details regarding methods of payment, see the bottom of your bill.
Bills are due by the last day of the month (unless otherwise specified by MRS)
and it's really important to have it paid by then or you will incur a $50 fine...
As mentioned, the mail room is located in the common room area just off the projector room.
Your mail will be in the box which letter corresponds to the first letter of your last name. If you're
lucky enough to receive a large package, or if there is a security sensitive item, a little yellow slip of
paper will be put into your mailbox.
You simply take the yellow slip, and photo ID to the Op's Office and they will give you your item.
All keys are given to you when you move in, however, if you have any problems, make sure you contact
the Operations Office, or an RA to help you sort it out!
Your new address here at Richo will look like this....
Monash Residential Services
Now you can start receiving all your mail!
Phone and Internet Connections
You will receive a phone and internet connection application form on arrival. Inside your showbag, you
will also receive a 'do-it-yourself' guide to registering your computer or laptop on the Monash network
and for setting yourself up to use the internet.
Your computer will need a network card installed before you can begin this process.
If you need help setting up any of these things, make sure that you give our Hall's computer co-
ordinator a call, and they'll be more than happy to assist you.
Paying for your internet
On your first bill of each semester you will be charged a network
and phone point registration fee, which you pay regardless of
whether you use these connections or not.
Therefore, the best idea is to get yourself a phone, hook yourself
up to the internet and use them to get your money's worth.
Also remember that you are charged for your internet usage, but
at a fairly low rate. The info about this, and also call rates will be
in your showbag also.
The phone works on a pre-paid system, so you can simply put money onto your phone account at the
Op's Office and you're ready to start making calls!
Maintenance and Domestic Matters
Around the hall, it's inevitable that things won't always
work exactly how they should, like a light bulb that has
blown, or a leaking tap. If you notice anything like this
report it to the Operations Office, because they are
responsible for sorting out all of these types of domestic
matters, and it will usually be resolved within a matter of
You can report these matter by filing a Maintenance
Report at the Op's Office, or you can submit a
maintenance request online at
Things to keep an eye out for are keeping the floor of your kitchenette clean (ie: if food falls on the
floor, bin it).
Remember to flush the toilet, put rubbish in the bin, and please don't leave water on the floor.
Please also... don't leave dirty dishes in the sink! In Summer especially, the hall is prone to getting
ants, but ONLY if there's things to attract them. Don't leave food or dirty dishes around, as this will.
If you notice an ant problem, please tell an RA so that they can try to sort it out... however the best
solution, is prevention!
Does my room get cleaned?
Only if you do it! MRS cleans the bathrooms, kitchenettes and common areas,
but you are responsible for cleaning your room. It's possible to hire a vacuum
from the shop during opening hours and from the Op's Office between 8am
and 9pm, 7 days a week.
... What about my laundry?
Again, it won't get done unless you do it yourself! Just take
your own detergent, your clothes and away you go. There are
dryers in the laundry, and also air dryers in your room for
when you're finished with the washing machine. You'll also
find in there an iron and ironing board for those pieces that
the “crumpled” look doesn't work for.
Linen (ie: sheets and pillowcases) is the exception to this. We
have a Sheet Exchange program that operates every Tuesday
between 6pm and 9pm... so head on down every week and grab yourself some nice clean and pressed
Here's a few little tips to make sure that we have happy ressies with clean,
dry washing (including you!):
When moving someone's washing from a machine, you're free to put them in
the pigeon holes provided, but please make sure you don't leave anything
behind (many socks go missing this way...)
Also, please don't put someone else's washing in the dryer because,
although you're only trying to do a nice thing, when they find their
favourite jumper half its size, I doubt they'll be thanking you.
When you want to use a dryer after its cycle, but someone's washing is in there, again, please place it
in the pigeon holes. If you can tell that it's still wet, put it on for a bit longer, and use another dryer...
I'm sure you'd hope someone would do the same for you!
Halls of Residence are one of the few places in all of Monash
with 'free' parking, but you must obtain a permit from MRS to
ensure that parking inspectors know that your car belongs to a
It's easy... just go to the Operation's Office, TAKE PROOF
OF REGISTRATION and fill out a form, and you're done. Just
remember to stick the permit on your window in a visible place
(above or below registration sticker is usually the best place).
There is a bike shed located next to the Richo carpark for
anyone who has one, again free of charge. It is protected by the dog-tag system (like our stairway
doors) but you really should put a lock on it just to be safe!
HEALTH AND MEDICAL:
Monash really does feel like it's own little town sometimes,
with a pharmacy and it's own health service located on
campus. For appointments with a doctor or health
professional, dial the Health Service extension 53175.
You'll find that it's way better to have an appointment
because you could wait for over an hour (!!) to see a doctor
Welcome to Oz! If you're an international student you will
need current health cover, as per your visa regulations, to
have access to the On-Campus Doctor and Health Services. This is usually sorted out when you apply
for and organise your visa, so you should have nothing to worry about.
However, if you find that you don't have health cover, or there is any problem at all, contact the
MUISS (Monash University International Student Services) Office. They'll help you sort it all out.
Also, if you don't know how to go about getting help, make sure you tell someone at Richo so we can
help... don't ever feel helpless! We're always here!
If you're an Australian and have not got your own Medicare card,
it's a really good idea to consider getting one now. It has on it your
medicare number which is required to see a doctor on-campus, claim
Medicare rebates and receive PBS medication. Telling the doctor or
Chemist “my mum has the card” won't help you, and many students
are surprised when they have to pay full price, not concession price,
for their medications and consultations just because of a tiny green card.
Uni life is definitely expensive enough, so really, it's a great idea to get your own card. It's fairly easy
to do, just fill out the form, pop it in the mail, and they'll send the card out to you. And don't stress if
you're under 18. Any person over the age of 16 is eligible, so
you can still get yourself a card even if still legally a minor.
Just a word of caution, the Health Service on Campus won't
see you without a medicare card.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE
Commonwealth Bank- Campus Centre (ATM's available also)
Westpac- Campus Centre (ATM also)
ANZ Bank- Pinewood Shopping Centre
Bendigo Bank- Pinewood (around the back)
Centrelink Office- Springvale Road (and often for the first few weeks of Sem 1, there's an office on
Chemist- Campus Centre OR Pinewood
Dentist- Intersection of Wellington Rd and Princes Highway
Doctor- Campus Centre OR Pinewood
Hospital- Monash Medical Centre on Clayton Rd
Post Office- Campus Centre
Pub- The Notting Hill Hotel (aka: THE NOTT: you'll get to know it well!)
Bottleshop- The Nott, BWS (near Brandon Park), or Dan Murphy's (just opposite The Glen Shopping
Centre, further away but cheap as!)
Petrol Station- Corner of Blackburn Rd and Ferntree Gully Rd
Shopping Centre- Pinewood, Brandon Park (free bus from halls every saturday), Chadstone (bus from
Cinema- Pinewood (for older but way cheaper flicks), Chadstone, Southland
McDonalds- Blackburn Rd, short walk past Pinewood
Pizza- Monash Pizza, corner of Blackburn Rd and Ferntree Gully Rd (BEST PIZZA!!)
Train/Bus Station- Bus Loop at the very bottom south side of Monash (near the Law Building). Buses
go pretty much anywhere. (more on this later)
And Here’s Where to
shop up a storm…
Its only a short drive to Brandon Park and MRS organises a free bus service to and from Brandon Park
on saturday mornings, which departs from the Farrer Hall car park. Brandon Park has a lot more stores
than Pinewood and a Coles that is twice the size. There is also a K-Mart and McDonalds but be warned
this McDonalds is actually a Macca's 'Express' which basically means McChickens and Quarter
Pounders are not on the menu! Sorry Kids
Chadstone aka Chaddy
Ahh Chaddy what can only be described as a shoppers paradise...with over 400 stores it is indeed the
Fashion Capital. You're sure to find something to suit all tastes, shapes and sizes, especially given that
our beloved Chadstone has just EXPANDED and added about 50 new shops! Yet in spite of this be
warned...there are some some shops that seem to exempt themselves from all things good to Chaddy by
offering flannelette shirts as a clothing choice. Though such choices do highlight the comprehensive
mix offered at Chaddy, so you'll be sure to find something. Apart from department stores such as
Myer and David Jones, Chaddy also offers large supermarkets, cheap chemists and a variety of food
outlets which are approximately a 15 minute car trip or short bus ride away! With the 742, 804 and
862 being the buses to take you on your merry way. Also if shopping isn't really your thing there is also
a cinema and 10 pin bowling facility.
Pinewood is the closest shopping complex to the halls of residence. It is located on Blackburn Rd, just
past the freeway turnoff on the left. Although many residents have never made the walk, some say it
takes about 20 minutes on foot. Both the 703 and 737 buses go straight to Pinewood, with conveniently
located bus stops from which to start your journey. There's a massive sign out the front of Pinewood
stating that there are 55 specialty shops. Although we are unsure if this is true having never actually
taken the time time count them ourselves!! Though we can definitely confirm that there is infact a
Coles supermarket for all your foodly goodies. There are also a range of food outlets and takeaway
places including Subway, Chinese, Chicken Shop and if your after a bit of grease there are multiple fish
and chip shops! Pinewood also offers a hairdresser, chemist, op shop, banks, bakeries and Post Office.
If your bored on a rainy day there is also a cheap cinema to satisfy anyones viewing tastes!
There are 2 Coles at Clayton. For some reason Monash is surrounded by Coles. A short ride on the 703
bus will get you to the Clayton Shops. Many ressies enjoy the shops at Clayton as there are cheap
Asian Grocers and fresh fruit & veg outlets. There is also a range of fast food and Halal outlets.
A 20 minute bus trip on the 703 will see you reach Burwood plaza, famously known for late-night
shopping sprees at the 24 HOUR K-MART! The plaza offers an array of stores for your culinary
pleasure, as well as specialty stores. And yes there is another Coles supermarket...
Approximately a 15 minute drive from halls, the Glen is located on Springvale road or simply take the
742 bus from the bus stop located 2 minutes from halls on Blackburn road. It is the closest Safeway
Supermaket to the halls and also has (in the main street) a Dan Murphy's liquor store for those who
like their alcohol cheap!
The cosmopolitan mecha of Australia is great for a day or night out, whatever your tastes. Depending
on how far you want to travel there is an unending range of stores to do your shopping for just about
anything you could possibly want. A trip to Melbourne on the train will probably take you about 45
minutes, where you will be provided with a vast array of stores and dining locations. There is never a
dull moment with Melbourne's many sporting events, festivals and celebrations, as well as being home
to a Crown Casino, and a vast array of nightclubs, cafes, bars and restaurants. Southbank is perfect
for a dinner by the river, and there is also the State Library (which is worth a look even if you don't
plan to take advantage of the momentous amount of knowledge contained within its walls), AFL
Museum, Arts Centre, a DFO (Direct Factory Outlet Shopping Complex)... and so much more. You have
to experience it to believe it!
To find out more go to www.thatsmelbourne.com.au.
Coming to a new place to live for the first time is always very
daunting, but especially so if you don't know how to get around.
Never fear, we have a nice little intro here for all those who
don't know the Victorian Public Transport System, to make fun
things like shopping in the city or going for a night out that bit
Public Transport in Victoria is run by two seperate entities, The
first is Metlink who looks after transport (such as Metropolitan
trains, trams and buses) in the metropolitan areas around and
within Melbourne. The second is V-Line, which looks after rural
travel. While you are at halls the only one you should really have
to worry about (except if you are a rural student) will be the
This system uses a card called a metcard, which can be pre-bought from outlets, bought at stations or
on buses and trams. (There's a pre-purchase outlet in the Campus Centre). You can buy a 2 hour, daily,
weekly, monthly or yearly, but beware, if you plan to buy a concession fare, make sure that you have a
valid concession card on you. If by chance you're lucky enough to get asked by an officer and can't
provide it, you could get stung with a fine to the not-so-sweet sound of about $160. (Oh and a little ps
to all rural students, your V-Line ticket will be valid on Metlink services for 2 hours after your service
enters Melbourne, so don't buy a metcard to get home, do it on the cheap with your V-Line Ticket!!)
Mentioned earlier, the Monash University bus loop is located at the bottom of the campus, which is
about a 20 minute walk from Richo, if you cut through the uni. The easiest railway station to get to
from Monash is Huntingdale Station, with the 900- Caulfield and the 630-Elwood being the buses to
take you there. Huntingdale is located on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, and trains to the city
come almost every 20 minutes.
There are also other buses from the loop that run absolutely everywhere...Chaddy, Southland and on
those hot summer days... the beach! There is also a shuttle bus to the Monash Caulfield Campus, handy
for students studying at both campuses! The shuttle runs every twenty minutes and is roughly a 20
In O-Week Host Scheme should have a stall to help with public transport info, and getting around
advice, but for anything else you need to know visit: www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au.
Taxi's are an expensive way to get around, however it is good to know they are frequently in the
Clayton area. There are Taxis running from directly outside Clayton Train Station and a lift from there
to Richo takes about 5 minutes and costs $9. A taxi from the city is quite expensive as it takes about
20-30 minutes. The number to call for a taxi is 131 008 or 13 3227 (13 CABS).
How do I get home safely after the buses and trains have finished after midnight you ask? There is
always the option of taking a taxi, but this is likely to cost your around $50 form the city, so unless
the taxi is full it proves to be an expensive trip! For us poor uni students the easiest (and by far the
cheapest) way of getting home in the wee hours is the Night Rider Bus. It costs the price of a metcard
and will take you from the city to halls. However if you buy a 2 hour metcard after 6pm, it will be valid
until 3am the next morning, so you can use that to get you home really cheaply. It is an initiave by the
Government to help suburban residents get home safely when the train services stop running. The
NightRider runs on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 12:30am and running every hour until
4:30am. Buses depart from 'Swanston Street' in front of KFC (so you wont go hungry whilst you wait)
and as there are many different NightRider buses, Halls residents be sure to board the 'Dandenong'
bus! We don't want you ending up stranded in Epping!!
For more info regarding the NightRider... http://www.victrip.com.au/nightrider
THE RICHO HALL
The Richardson Hall Society (affectionately known as Hall Soc) is in charge of many functions such as
our themed parties, many BBQ's, and a heap of fun, get-together activities! You'd be crazy to miss
them! And here for 2008 are the wonderful people who are going to make 2008 one of the most fun
and shenanigan-full years on record.
Robbie “Rob” “Fruity” Steve
Christina “X-Tina” TREASURER:
Dale Roxy Bishop
Kristin “K-Runch” FUNCTIONS REP’S:
Johnson Dan “Weavy” Weavers
& Annelle Cook
SPORTS REP’S: INTERNATIONAL REP’S:
Leo Enter & Anika “Neeks” Bullcock
Jessie May & Ezra Limm
We Richonians LOVE OUR SPORT!!
Richardson Hall‟s great sporting history dates back to
our foundation in 1972. In 2007, Richo made it known
to ALL the lands that our athletes are a force to be
reckoned with, by winning the Inter-Halls Sports
Aggregate Trophy for THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW!!
The two main fitness facilities we have for our use are:
1) The Richo Hall Gym: Our own private gym contains a
tredmill, an exercise bike, elliptical as well as a
personal fitness centre that has variable weight
settings. As a Richo ressie you can access this
eqipment 24/7, absolutely free of charge!
2) Just down the road is the Monash Sports and Recreation Centre, where you will find a wide range
of sporting and fitness facilities. The centre includes a fully equiped gym, 25m lap pool and play
pool, as well as indoor courts for various sports. Fitness classes are also available, including
spinning, pilates, aerobic, and rythem and pulse classses. The centre is open to the public. For
more information about memberships and costs visit: http://www.sport.monash.edu.au
If you‟re looking for a fun and easy way to keep fit, why not
help Richo defend its title by participating in the MRS inter-
halls sporting competition. There is a wide array of sports
available, so there is bound to be something which you will
enjoy. But if exercise is not your cup of tea, there is always
room for extra people in the Richo cheer squad. So come down
and cheer on your fellow Richonians as we attempt to become
the sporting CHAMPIONS for the FOURTH YEAR running!!
Handy Little Hints to
Help You get by:
Get yourself netbanking: the large majority of banks these days have a netbanking option, which
means you can pay bills, transfer money between accounts, check account balances and organise
you finances right from your very own computer! They‟re considered very safe and have many
security measures in place, however if you don‟t feel comfortable with it, please check with your
bank first to allay any concerns.
Access your my Monash portal (at my.monash.edu.au) at least once a week (twice is better so
you're well informed on what's happening at monash.)
Cooking groups: Can you imagine having a warm cooked meal for you for 3 out 4 nights a week!?
Cooking groups are a great way to go because organising a meal only once a week is cheap and
easy and you‟ll always have variety in your diet. The rest of the time you just rock up with a
plate and fork, ready to eat!
WATER RESTRICTIONS: Melbourne is currently in a state of water restriction. Due to the low
levels of water in our dams, Monash Residential, and of course Richo, have taken a proactive
approach. Little thing can make a big difference. If you see a tap dripping, please turn it off or
submit a maintenance request, and limit showers to approximately 4 minutes. This way we‟ll
ensure we have enough water for Melbourne‟s future.
Cheapest petrol: every Tuesday night the petrol prices in Melbourne are at their lowest. Near
Brandon Park there are 3 competing petrol stations and it‟s one of the best places to go for
cheap fuel. If you shop at Coles, keep your petrol vouchers and go on a tuesday night (it's
frustratingly busy, but worth it to save money).