Life on campus

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.

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.

Explore the new precinct

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.

Explore UMSU

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.

Explore GSA



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