Supporting our growing student population at Parkville

The University supports around 50,000 students at its Parkville campus, with enrolments growing each year. This influx of metropolitan, regional and international students brings a vibrancy and diversity to both the University and our community more broadly, and with it, an obligation for the University to support this growing cohort and continue to provide an outstanding student experience.

The University’s commitment to student accommodation, as detailed in the Growing Esteem 2015 – 2020 Strategy, is framed by the Melbourne Accommodation Program (MAP), which seeks to provide 6000 safe, affordable and quality student accommodation places within walking-distance of the Parkville campus by 2020.

There are currently 3188 beds available for students at either campus colleges or at the Leicester Street accommodation facility. Via MAP, the University will add around 3000 beds between now and 2020 through a range of projects including the University College extension as well as new beds at University owned sites at Royal Parade, Bouverie Street and Lincoln Square.

Our Campus in the 21st Century

Our Campus in the 21st Century (OC21) was developed by the University community in a series of workshops that explored the qualities wanted across all campuses and precincts. It is the formal response to the University of Melbourne’s strategic plan Growing Esteem and is integral to how the University will plan for the future.

The Melbourne Accommodation Program will support OC21 in the following ways:


The MSAP responds to the Growing Esteem strategy through the design and development of accommadation facilities that consider both the heritage and tradition of the University, and the ecological footprint it will make.


Inclusive, affordable and safe accommodation will provide students with the opportunity to meet, collaborate and innovate with peers outside of their faculty.


The new accommodation facilities will provide supported, self-cater or catered provisions to all students. The holistic wellbeing of students will be a key priority, with access to student services, social activities and regular events in recognition of the significant life change students experience when moving away from home.


The new student accommodation offering will be underpinned by the University’s commitment to providing affordable beds to students that are tailored to their needs and complement the existing University accommodation facilities. The building design has also been thoughtfully considered to allow for conversion and modernising for future student populations.


This program recognises the imperative for students new to Melbourne to be within walking distance to the Parkville campus. Suitable sites were carefully considered to ensure that students can walk to the Parkville campus in under five minutes.