Your life on campus

The University of Melbourne has been a central part of the city of Melbourne from its earliest days. It’s hard to say where the central business district stops, and the University begins!

Whether you study at Parkville, Southbank or one of our specialised campuses across Victoria, you’ll join a thriving knowledge hub with world-class facilities at your fingertips.


Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave. The Parkville campus is situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.


Our Burnley campus is dedicated to environmental and ornamental horticulture, with nine hectares of heritage-listed gardens.


In Creswick you’ll find Australia’s only dedicated forest ecosystem science campus, focusing on conservation, forest industry and molecular biology research.


The Dookie campus has played a pivotal role in the development of agriculture and agricultural teaching and learning in Australia since 1886. It remains a focal point for key research, teaching and technology development, helping to shape the future of agriculture in Australia.


The Shepparton Medical Centre campus specialises in rural health and clinical education.


At Southbank campus, within the city’s lively creative arts precinct, you’ll find the University’s acclaimed music and visual and performing arts faculty. Southbank campus is purpose built for the creative arts, and features sound and dance stages, animation studios, cinemas and visual arts studios.


In the city’s west, the Werribee campus boasts some of the world’s most advanced veterinary facilities at the University’s Animal Hospital.

Your city

Melbourne has become one of the world’s most multicultural cities and a dynamic international business hub, but it’s still easy to navigate. The inner city is a cluster of exciting communities connected by public transport and bike paths – and the University of Melbourne is at the heart of it all. You can walk along the famous cobblestone lanes, see a world-class theatre production or linger over an amazing meal – and if you don’t yet have an AFL team, you might want to choose one! Regional Victoria is world famous for its iconic beaches, wineries, bushwalking and farm-to-table food and is just a short train or bus ride away.

Explore the City of Melbourne

World’s most liveable city 2011–2017

Economist Intelligence Unit

Sporting capital of the world

SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards 2016

World-class learning spaces

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing the very best learning spaces, both physical and virtual, now and into the future. We are constantly reviewing and investing in our learning spaces and all our other infrastructure for students. In 2017 Melbourne became the first and only university to achieve a 6 Star Communities rating – equating to world leadership – for our Parkville campus.

A new heart of student life at Parkville

The new Student Precinct at Parkville will be a world-class student hub and vibrant centre of activity for the campus community. Planned for completion in 2021–2022, it will house student services, cultural facilities, a gallery and cinema, an outdoor amphitheatre, study spaces, cafes and retail outlets. The precinct has been co-designed with the student body – more than 5500 students have contributed to the design. During construction you can get involved in pop-up activations around the perimeter including outdoor chill-out spaces, galleries and more.

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Sport and fitness

The University is committed to providing a dynamic student experience with a vast range of competitive, recreational and instructional clubs, sports programs, and extensive fitness services.

We pride ourselves on offering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people to engage with sport. Our programs support all members of the University community, from our Elite Athlete Program through to our diversity and inclusion programs and various inter-varsity competitions that date back 150 years, we have something for everyone.

The University has a long and proud tradition of supporting student athletes in their sporting and academic pursuits. The Elite Athlete Program recognises elite and emerging student-athletes, supporting them with a range of financial and in-kind assistance to enable them to combine their studies and sporting endeavours.

So, check out what’s on offer at MU Sport and join the more than 20,000 students and staff who Get Active each year at the University.

Clubs and societies

Clubs and societies are one of the easiest ways to get involved, meet new people, build your network and have an amazing time at uni. With over 200 clubs and 100 grad groups on offer, you’re spoilt for choice! Clubs range from spiritual, cultural and musical, through to political and special interests, plus faculty and course-related clubs. If you’re keen to develop your leadership experience you can volunteer in a club leadership role, or even start your own.

Student unions and associations

The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is a non-profit organisation run by students, for students. It provides valuable funding that keeps the arts, representation, advocacy, live music and cultural services alive on campus. Find out about the support services they offer and how you can get involved with the activities and events held during the year.

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The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the heart of graduate student life at the University. An independent association led by a Council of 15 elected graduate students, it provides representation, events, training and support for the 35 000+ graduate students at the University. Find out about the study skills workshops, social events and career-building programs on offer.

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Safety on campus

The University provides trained security officers to help ensure you and your property are safe on campus. If something goes wrong or doesn't seem right, help is just a phone call away. We are committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful community, free from bullying, harassment and discrimination. Security officers at Parkville campus are available to escort you to your car, public transport or other locations near campus, and we encourage all students to use this service if they are on campus after dark.

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