Exam venues and seating - Section contents

Get familiar with your exam venue, how to get there and what services and facilities are available.

There are three main venues used for exams at the University of Melbourne. Your personal exam timetable in my.unimelb lists the venue for each of your exams.

Plan your trip to the exam venue

To minimise stress on the day, you should aim to arrive at your exam venue at least 30 minutes before your exam starts. So, if you’re travelling via public transport, make sure you allow plenty of time. Use the PTV journey planner to get the latest updates and find the best route on the day. If you're running late for your exam, visit our FAQ for more information.

Venue information

The Royal Exhibition Building is in the Carlton Gardens next to the Melbourne Museum.

If you have an exam at the Royal Exhibition Building, your timetable will show either 'Royal Exhibition Building East' or 'Royal Exhibition Building West.' These locations indicate on which side (East or West) of the building you will be sitting your exam. The East side of the building is on the Nicholson Street side, while the West side is on the Rathdowne Street side.

Getting there

  • By foot: The Royal Exhibition Building is a 21-minute walk from Wilson Hall on the Parkville campus. 

  • By tram: Tram route 86 and tram route 96 both have a stop outside of the Melbourne Museum. There is also a free City Circle Tram which passes the corner of Victoria Parade and Nicholson Street.
  • By train: You can take a City Loop train to Parliament Station. A tram ride from Parliament Station to the Royal Exhibition Building takes four minutes. Otherwise it takes around seven minutes to walk to the venue from the station.  

  • By bus: Bus routes 250, 251 and 401 travel to Rathdowne Street.

The Royal Exhibition Building is a big building so allow extra time to make your way to the north entrance (opposite the museum) where you need to enter the venue for your exam. Please note the Royal Exhibition Building is not climate controlled and the temperature will vary. We recommend dressing appropriately for the season. Doors open 10 minutes prior to the official exam start time.


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Facilities and services

  • Bathroom facilities - There is a small number of toilets located in the facilities compound – you’re not allowed inside the venue to use the toilets before the doors open.
  • Bag storage – There are bag storage facilities, however they are not secure. So we recommend that you only bring small essentials for the exam. Also keep in mind that there can be long wait times to collect your items at the end of an exam.
  • First aid and medical assistance – There are medics onsite at the venue should you need assistance.
  • Food and drink – There is a coffee cart outside of the Royal Exhibition Building on most exam days. Early morning food and beverages are also available from the Garden View café on Nicholson Street.
  • Parking - There is parking available in the Melbourne Museum carpark for a fee.
  • Other services – There is an exams information tent located near the north entrance, where you can get information on seating, exam rules, lost property, if you missed or are running late to an exam, and what items you can take and use in your exam. You can also request medical assistance if you are not feeling well. UMSU will also be located in the same tent and they have stationary supplies for sale, just in case if you forgot to bring a pen or pencil.

Wilson Hall is located at the centre of the Parkville campus (Building 151).

When you arrive, enter via the northern doors of the building, which face the Raymond Priestley Building. Doors open 10 minutes prior to the official exam start time.

Facilities and services

  • Bathroom facilities – there is no access to toilets in Wilson Hall before the doors open. If you need to use facilities before the exam, the closest toilets to Wilson Hall are at Union House.
  • Bag storage - Bags need to be stored in the foyer of the hall. Please note the area is not secure.
  • First aid and medical assistance – There are medics on site at the venue.
  • Food and drink – Food and beverages are available from Union House.
  • Parking – There is parking available at three locations on the Parkville campus.

The Kwong Lee Dow Building is located at 234 Queensberry St, at the corner of Leicester and Queensberry Streets. It is approximately eight minutes’ walk from Stop 1 Parkville (757 Swanston Street).

The exam space is on Level 1. Doors open 10 minutes prior to the official exam start time.

Facilities and services

  • Bathroom facilities – there are bathroom facilities available in the building.
  • First aid and medical assistance – There are medics on site at the venue.
  • Food and drink – There is a café on Level 1.

Pets are not permitted at examinations.

This includes bringing your pet to the examination venue. If you bring a pet to an exam, the council will be contacted to remove the animal.


Check for your seat number (for each exam) on your personal exam timetable via my.unimelb. If you can’t see a seat number for one or more of your exams, don’t worry! Seat numbers are released closer to the date of your exam – just keep checking your timetable.

Seating plans are also displayed at the exam venue on the day. At the Royal Exhibition Building, the seat plan will be located on the side of the exams information tent near the north entrance (opposite the museum entrance). At Wilson Hall, you can find it on the entrance doors of the hall.

Clash and Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs) venues

Clash venues and Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs) are situated across multiple venues. Details of these rooms are included in your personal timetables where applicable.

There are storage areas for bags at AEA venues, however they are unsecure.