Campus life

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Our campuses offer more than formal learning. They provide a unique place to socialise, share ideas, relax and stay healthy.

Student Union

The University of Melbourne’s Student Union coordinates more than 200 clubs and societies. Clubs and societies are one of the easiest ways to meet new people and enrich your study experience. From the political to the sporting – there is something for everyone.

You will have access to all Student Union services including support services and representation.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association is your one-stop shop when it comes to:

  • networking with other graduate students via discipline-based graduate groups
  • study and career-related workshops and forums
  • social events.

University House

University House is the staff and alumni club of the University of Melbourne. As a graduate researcher, you can hold a complimentary membership. The House is a place you can socialise, relax and collaborate with fellow academics, professional staff and alumni from a wide range of disciplines.

Food and shopping

Melbourne is a multicultural city that is bustling with people from across the globe. The University’s food and drink options reflect this. So, even if you’re far from home, you won’t be far from your favourite cuisine.

In 2018 and 2019, we worked hard to improve the food and retail on campus. We’re still working to create healthier, sustainable and diverse food options.

Parkville campus is minutes from Carlton’s famous eateries and Melbourne’s CBD. Southbank campus is also situated on the CBD’s fringe. There is an endless list of eating options near to our city campuses.

From food trucks to vegan fare, we’re committed to bringing more choice to our campuses. We'll continue to create new food and retail spaces, cooking classes and communal kitchens.

Melbourne farmers market

During teaching semesters, a weekly farmers market is held in the heart of the University’s Parkville campus. Farmers come from all corners of the state to bring their fresh produce to the University.

Its central location makes it convenient for staff, students and the broader public.


Cycling is a convenient, healthy and environmentally friendly way to get to several of our campuses.

Once you arrive, there are over 2000 bicycle parks just at the Parkville campus. Three hundred of which are in secure bicycle hubs.

Hub access is free for University staff and students, you just need to sign up.

Children’s services

We have two childcare centres to support students and staff who may need this type of service. If you are interested in securing a place for your child, you will need to fill out an application for the waiting list.

Fees vary according to each family's individual circumstances. Visit Early Childhood Children’s Services to find out more.

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