Access Melbourne: Residents of a rural or isolated area

Are you a resident of a rural or isolated region in Australia? You may be eligible for additional consideration as an undergraduate applicant to the University of Melbourne.

Our Access Melbourne scheme is designed to support undergraduate applicants with external circumstances that may have impacted their academic results.

We understand that distance from the city centre can often effect your study - maybe you had to take some subjects by distance education, or you’ve had limited access to the internet.

Access Melbourne can help you to overcome these obstacles and gain entry into an undergraduate course at Melbourne, even if your ATAR is below the minimum published ATAR. Each year at least 25% of domestic undergraduate places at the University are reserved for Access Melbourne applicants.

Students who reside in rural and isolated areas may be eligible for additional benefits such as guaranteed course entry. You may also be eligible for a variety of student scholarships.

Access Melbourne: Resident of rural or isolated area pathway eligibility

As a resident of a rural or isolated area, you may be eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Your residential address must be in a Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)*, in a location that is not defined as a major city by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS); and
  • If you are a current Year 12 student, must have completed your final two years of high school at a rural or regional secondary school.

*You may find the SA1 code of your address here (use the ‘address search’, please ensure the census year is marked 2016). Once you have the SA1 code for your address you will be able to search for your address on our rural rating spreadsheet. If the rural rating of your residence is not classified as equal to “Major Cities of Australia” then your address is eligible for this Access Melbourne category.

What undergraduate courses can I apply for?

As a regional or rural area applicant you may be eligible for a guaranteed place in one of five undergraduate degrees, subject to meeting individual course prerequisites. ATAR requirements for guaranteed entry differ for each degree, please see the table below:

Course name


Bachelor of Design


Bachelor of Science


Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Commerce


Bachelor of Biomedicine


Our Access Melbourne pathway takes into account any external factors that may impact your results. This means ATAR requirements for eligible Access Melbourne applicants are lower than our standard published ATAR requirement.

Find out how to apply

Am I eligible to receive additional support?


At the University of Melbourne we are proud to have one of the most generous tertiary scholarships programs in the country, and many of these scholarships are exclusively available to our Access Melbourne applicants.

As an Access Melbourne applicant, you will automatically be considered for any additional scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible for. This means you won’t have to submit an additional application for scholarships that support rural or regional students.

We also maintain a strong bursary program to provide assistance with relocation, housing  and other living expenses. Our residential colleges offer scholarships and additional support, which many Access Melbourne applicants may be eligible to receive.

See Melbourne Scholarships

University Accommodation

If you are an undergraduate student relocating to Melbourne, you are eligible for an accommodation guarantee through University Accommodation. Rest easy in one of our trusted residencies located in the heart of Melbourne and within walking distance of our Parkville campus.

See University Accommodation