Our expanded University Accommodation
In Melbourne’s competitive private rental market, students face significant barriers to accessing affordable, secure and quality accommodation that’s close to Parkville campus. The University has continued to demonstrate its commitment to support equity of access by students from all backgrounds and to improve the overall student experience through an expanded student accommodation offering.
From 2021 our University Accommodation will have delivered five purpose-built student residences and 2,120 additional residential places within walking distance of our Parkville campus. Through a combination of investment partnerships and commercial transactions, the University has kept student experience at the heart of delivering an exceptional community life by expanding its on-campus student accommodation developments.
additional residential places
student beds across UoM
new graduate residential places
University Accommodation puts campus life and community
at the heart of the student experience.
The development and design of our new University Accommodation is driven by the unique needs and expectations of our student community. It delivers much more than just student beds.
Increasing affordability and choice
University Accommodation delivers a range of purpose-built, contemporary accommodation options that cater to the breadth of student lifestyles, budgets, cultures and preferences. In 2021, a dedicated graduate student residence will open to students, providing the opportunity to live within the innovative and integrated Melbourne Connect precinct.
Complementing our existing historic residential college offerings, University Accommodation will increase dedicated accommodation options for University of Melbourne students to a total of 6,000 residential places in 2021.
Fostering Community and connection
Our University Accommodation was developed and designed to foster connections between students and strengthen their connection to campus life. Research shows that living close to campus plays a significant role in students’ participation in campus life and learning, with measurable benefits for student wellbeing and success.
University Accommodation has achieved early success by these measures through our first residence, Lisa Bellear House, which achieved 100 per cent occupancy in its first year, and with residents reporting a greater sense of belonging and an overall positive living experience.
Supporting wellbeing and success
A supportive residential experience can be the key to a successful transition to student life, particularly for students who are adjusting to life in a new city.
All University Accommodation residences deliver best practice student support and pastoral care, with dedicated on-site administrative and support staff and including:
- access to our Residential Life program, supporting student wellbeing through social and cultural events, professional and life-skills development, sporting activities and academic support;
- peer-to-peer mentoring for new and existing students, through opportunities for student residents to undertake paid work as Residential Advisors.
Our Accommodation Guarantee
Through the Melbourne Guarantee, all full-time, Parkville-based undergraduate students are guaranteed an offer of student accommodation at the University of Melbourne. By the end of 2021, we expect to extend this guarantee to all full-time graduate students. An integrated application process means prospective students receive one, combined offer to live and study in Melbourne; providing peace of mind when making the decision to study at the University.
Supporting our strategic vision
The development and delivery of University Accommodation supports the aspirations of our ten-year institutional strategy, Advancing Melbourne, to strengthen opportunities for students from disadvantage backgrounds to attend the University, to build a diverse and inclusive University community, and to make Melbourne a destination of choice.
Our University Accommodation residences
Lisa Bellear House
Designed in collaboration with Hayball, Lisa Bellear House offers studio, single and twin rooms for 285 undergraduate students. Shared spaces - including a dedicated, top-floor study and communal space – are dispersed thoughtfully throughout the building. A rooftop terrace provides incredible views of neighbouring parklands and Melbourne’s cityscape.
Lisa Bellear House is surrounded by lush, green parklands and is a short walk from Parkville campus.
Our existing Berkeley Street student apartments were reimagined and refurbished before re-launch as an apartment-style, independent living option for graduate students.
University Apartments offers 60 modern, self-contained studio apartments for singles and couples, each with private kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. It’s located metres from Parkville campus in the heart of Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct, with easy access to hospital research facilities and Melbourne’s CBD.
UniLodge Lincoln House
Designed in collaboration with Nettletontribe architects, Unilodge Lincoln House integrates 579 affordable, dormitory-style student rooms with extensive shared spaces and facilities, including an outdoor laneway courtyard, ground-floor communal kitchen/gathering space, and dedicated study zones.
Located 5 minutes’ walk from Parkville campus, the facility is managed in partnership with UniLodge, an experienced operator of high-quality student accommodation across Australia and New Zealand.
Little Hall is the University’s new flagship student residence, designed to deliver world class facilities and academic enrichment programs for intellectually curious students with a strong will to succeed.
Little Hall’s 669 rooms, configured from individual studios to four-bedroom flats, will be home to undergraduate and graduate students – including our Hansen Scholars - in a modern, distinctive and intellectually rich environment with abundant shared facilities including four-storey learning centre, indoor theatre and rooftop terrace.
Little Hall is also home to a unique Enrichment Program that will enable students to maximise their opportunities for academic and personal development at the University. The program is run by world class academics who not only provide students with support and career mentoring and advice to help them excel at their studies, but also encourages students to become interconnected, empowered, culturally aware, and socially conscious global citizens.
The Lofts at Melbourne Connect
Uniquely located within the University's newest innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect, The Lofts at Melbourne Connect is purpose-built to prioritise the unique needs and aspirations of our postgraduate students.
The Lofts will co-locate 526 graduate students alongside academic researchers and industry partners, making it the largest residence in Australia dedicated to graduate students. Shared spaces and first-class facilities will support meaningful connections between residents and the precinct, amplifying the intellectual and entrepreneurial energy of Melbourne Connect.