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.
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.
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.
Arts West features object-based learning laboratories, integrated displays and a digital studio, as well as facilities for collaborative and interactive learning including a cinema-quality interactive theatre and a media laboratory.
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.
Sport and fitness
Achieve a healthy student life with MU Sport’s fitness programs, facilities and 40+ sporting clubs. Take advantage of free Friday fitness classes, become a member of the pool and gym, join a campus sport team or compete in the University Games.
More serious about your sport? The University has nurtured more than 108 Olympic athletes, 140 AFL/VFL players and 9 Australian test cricketers. Our Elite Athlete Program supports students aiming to compete at the highest levels by providing academic support, scholarships and more.
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.
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.
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.