Life at Melbourne

Jump on an iconic local tram to the doorstep of our Parkville campus, pop into our weekly farmer’s market before class and find yourself a quintessential Melbourne coffee.

At Melbourne, you’ll study in the heart of Australia’s cultural capital and one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Whether you choose to live on-or-off campus, we provide all students with access to academic and personal support, mentorship programs and much more.

Proudly multicultural, our diverse student community is represented by more than 200 clubs and societies.

The community atmosphere of clubs at the University of Melbourne is unmatched and underpins all aspects of university life. Finding an anchor in a key group of like-minded friends is the ultimate way to enhance your overall university experience – and getting involved with different clubs is the best way to do so!

Lauren Girardi
Bachelor of Arts student
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Our Student Life Commitment

Students are at the heart of the University of Melbourne community which is focused on creating a vibrant, diverse and welcoming environment that provides excellent teaching and learning opportunities and rich University experience, that leads to intellectual development and personal growth.

Through the new Student Life program, you will be:

  • Guided through your transition to University with Faculty specific inductions, the Melbourne Commencement Ceremonies, Melbourne Peer Mentor Program and First Year Discovery Subjects
  • Mentored throughout your degree by our network of advisers and mentors who can provide personalised advice, including:
    • Regular meetings with your peer mentor and a small group of peers from your discipline
    • An academic adviser, a member of staff such as a lecturer or a professor, who will take an active interest in your progress, success and challenges throughout your degree
    • Access to alumni and industry mentors to explore career and graduate study options
  • Recognised for responding to the needs of the local and global community through volunteering, service and social entrepreneurship as part of the Melbourne Plus program
  • Able to enhance your studies with a Capstone Experience which brings together the skills and knowledge you have developed during your degree.

Melbourne Commencement Ceremony (MCC)

The beginning of your journey as a Melbourne student and a core feature of the Melbourne Orientation experience. Celebrate the start of your studies and be welcomed by University leaders, meet academics and your first-year peers within your faculty community.

Melbourne Peer Mentor Program

Be matched with a later-year student from your faculty, as well as a group of your first-year peers, in an instant network of friendly faces to touch base with as you transition into university life. Benefit from an insider’s experience, ask for advice and guidance in navigating uni life and make friends with other students in your degree. Then develop your leadership and interpersonal skills becoming a peer mentor yourself.

Academic Advice Mentoring

Meet with an academic to identify your areas of strength and personal interest for you to explore further. They'll check in on your progress and help you make decisions about opportunities to take advantage of during your studies, as well as thinking about future direction.

Discovery Experiences

Your Discovery experiences will introduce you to our community so you can become a thriving participant. These include understanding the University’s role in Melbourne, Australia and globally; the importance of Indigenous heritage, knowledge and culture; respect for diversity and inclusion in and outside of the classroom; sustainability; as well as introducing you to the exciting cuttingedge research happening in your study area.

Wellbeing @ Melbourne

Caring for yourself is an important part of your study journey. Initiatives such as the Melbourne Peer Mentoring program, Academic Advising, Counselling and Psychological Services and the Health Promotion Program are designed to support you from day one.

Academic skills support

We have a dedicated suite of programs to help you develop your academic and professional skills to your full potential both in the classroom and in your career. These include online learning modules, i-Tutes, workshops, drop-in sessions and tailored programs to help with English language development.

Our campus community

Whether you need help with your finances, your housing or just navigating university life, we have a range of comprehensive support services to assist you. Our Safer Community Program promotes respect and inclusiveness and provides advice and support for all members of our community about their safety.

Student Equity and Disability Support

If you're in need of ongoing assistance with your studies, we offer a range of services including disability services, medical and mental health support, support for carers, elite athletes and performers, defence reservists and emergency volunteers, and cultural or religious observance.

Welcome to MU Sport

We're committed to providing a dynamic student experience with a vast range of competitive, recreational and instructional clubs, sports programs and extensive fitness services. Join an inclusive and welcoming environment with programs designed to support all members of the University community, from our Elite Athlete Program, through to our diversity and inclusion programs and various inter-varsity competitions.

Learn more about our programs

Study overseas for part of your degree

There are countless ways to get involved and create your own uni experience, like studying overseas for part of your degree. Not only is it an unforgettable experience, but you'll also come away with benefits like understanding new cultures, developing valuable skills, and preparing for a global future. We have a range of programs available to give you the international experience you're looking for.

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Looking for a place to call home?

There are a range of accommodation types, at different price points, available to you. Explore shared apartments, studio rooms, dorms, colleges and other options.

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