Works on a world-class student precinct on the Parkville campus have commenced.
The Project includes nine buildings and will deliver 37,050m2 of new or refurbished internal and external building and landscape space. A signature project of the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan 3, the Project will deliver on a number of key University strategies including the Sustainability Plan 2016 – 2020 and Food and Retail Strategy. Uniquely, the Project has also benefited from the contributions of over 12000 students who have influenced the direction of the Precinct through our co-creation approach. The Precinct will be completed in stages with main works construction due to begin at the end of 2019.
It's a space for students, designed with students in mind. Students will be able to create the spaces that they want and need. Student Ambassador feedback
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is it?
The Precinct will be located on the corner of Grattan and Swanston Street, and is defined by Monash Road to the north and the Melbourne School of Engineering Precinct to the west.
The site is at the centre of the University's traditional and new student accommodation hubs, making it an ideal location for our 60,000 students to connect. It will also neighbour the University's innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect, and is conveniently located close to public transport links, including the new Melbourne Metro Rail station on Grattan Street.
To learn more about the Precinct's location, follow this link.
What will the Precinct deliver?
The New Student Precinct has been designed with students at the heart of its thinking. The facilities will The Precinct will deliver the co-location of students services, convenient access to public transport, new Arts and Cultural faciltiies, increased study space and outdoor space, as well as also delivering on several key University of Melbourne Strategies.
To learn more about what the Precinct will deliver, follow this link.
Why create a New Student Precinct?
The University is committed to supporting the contemporary needs of our students, with over 40% of students now studying south of Grattan Street, an increasing number of international students and 50/50 undergraduate and postgraduate cohort. Working closely with the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU), Murrup Barak, Graduate Student Association (GSA), in addition to student representatives across campus, the University is co-creating a New Student Precinct that will accommodate the changing necessities of an evolving student population.
The current infrastructure dedicated to the student experience (outside of faculty) is also poor and currently non-compliant.
Who is designing the Precinct?
The Precinct is being designed by a consortium of architects, lead by Lyons Architecture. Each team will be responsible for a different aspect of the design, bringing an eclectic and inventive approach to the whole of Precinct design.
To learn more about our design team, follow this link.
When will it be complete?
It is anticipated that the New Student Precinct will open 2021-2022 with UMSU and their associated services and activities scheduled to relocate to the Precinct in late 2020 -2021.
However, there are a number of variables that may affect the timing of the Project and the relocation of UMSU into the Precinct. Regular updates on the progress of the Project can be found on the New Student Precinct website.
What does co-creation mean?
The Project is committed to co-creating the Precinct with students as partners, the approach driven by design thinking methodology. Co-creation requires a commitment from both parties to engage in a real partnership to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes and benefits are achieved. The co-creation of the Student Precinct will enable students to be part of the governance, design and activation of the space, and to be consulted throughout the life of the Project to ensure their views inform decision-making, governance and the overall design. Since its inception, the Project Team have conducted multiple co-creation activities and events, engaging over 5500 students to date.