Students from a rural or isolated area

We know that distance from the city can impact your study: maybe you had to take some subjects by distance education, or you had limited access to the internet.

To help improve your chances of getting into undergraduate studies, there is a special entry scheme at Melbourne called Access Melbourne, as well as a variety of scholarships you may be eligible for.

Access Melbourne

Access Melbourne can help you gain entry into an undergraduate course at Melbourne, even if your ATAR is below the minimum ATAR. Each year at least 25% of domestic undergraduate places at the University are reserved for Access Melbourne applicants. Rural and isolated students, as well as students from a financially disadvantaged background, are eligible for additional benefits such as guaranteed entry.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for Access Melbourne as a student from a rural or isolated area,

  • Your residential address must be in a Statistical Area Level 1 that’s not defined as a major city by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS); and
  • If you are a Year 12 student, you must also have completed the final two years of schooling at a rural or regional secondary school
  • You can look up the Statistical Area Level 1 of your address here (use the address search and make sure the census year = 2016). Once you have the Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) number you can search for it in this spreadsheet. If it is not defined as a major city it is eligible for this category.

What can I get?

If you're eligible under this category, you may receive a guaranteed place in one of five undergraduate degrees, subject to meeting course prerequisites. Guaranteed entry scores differ for each degree.

  • 78.00: Design, Science
  • 80.00: Arts
  • 88.00: Commerce
  • 92.00: Biomedicine

These scores are significantly lower than typical lowest selection ranks offered to, so it's certainly worth getting your application in.

Find out how to apply

Do I receive any other support?


We also have one of the most generous scholarships programs in the country, and many of these scholarships are available only to Access Melbourne applicants.

When you apply through SEAS for this category, you will be automatically considered for a wide range of scholarships at the University of Melbourne. We also have a bursary program which can help with housing and other living expenses, and our colleges offer scholarships and other assistance.

See Melbourne Scholarships

University Accommodation

If you're a first year undergraduate moving to Melbourne, you may be eligible for University Accommodation. This offers guaranteed beds to eligible students in student apartments for the first year of their studies.

See University Accommodation

Ready to apply?

Find out what you need to do to apply special entry access to undergraduate degrees with Melbourne.

Find out how to apply