The food and retail vision will create an engaging campus offering that is healthy, innovative, diverse and sustainable. It will foster partnerships that share similar values in delievering an enhanced campus experience for students, staff and visitors alike.
Refreshing our campus
The University has consulted with students, staff and visitors to produce its first integrated food and retail strategy to guide a better range of food options and retail spaces and meet the changing needs of our campus communities.
The strategy provides a coordinated vision for food and retail offerings across all University of Melbourne campuses through a fresh approach to diverse and flexible food choices, retail experiences and associated activities.
At the Parkville campus, the strategy will guide how food and retail spaces are positioned in relation to the city’s main streets, laneways and hidden spaces so that the planning, delivery and ongoing management of activities is smart and sustainable. The strategy will inform the future development of our campuses and precincts, ensuring the private partnerships, social enterprises and tenancy processes are aligned with the University, the City of Melbourne and the community’s goals.
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, and to developing high-quality campus-based experiences for diverse communities.
The Food, Beverage and Retail Strategy will support our campus in the 21st century through the following:
At the heart of the strategy is how food and retail offerings can enhance the quality of the campus experience for students, staff, visitors and the professional community and neighbours who frequent the campus around the clock. The strategy will consider a variety of experiences and expectations – whether it be grab and go, a study break and coffee, a place to socialise over lunch or network after hours.
A culture of inclusion
The strategy will ensure a seamless variety of café and dining experiences, from specific health or food requirements (like gluten-free or vegan eating) through to more formal or informal settings. The placement of café’s, pop ups, grab & go's, communal rooms, and facilities and services (such as ATM’s, hairdressers and convenience stores), will be considered in relation to how people move from one place to another as they socialise, meet and take a break between study or work activities.
Spaces and Places
With the University’s expansion over recent decades –nearly half the student and staff population are now based south of Grattan Street at the Parkville campus. The experiences north and south of Grattan street are also vastly different campus experiences. The campus north of Grattan Street has clusters of food and retail offerings, including the Farmers Market, but the range will increase. South of Grattan street has a number of café’s but they are further apart, less accessible to students and sometimes hard for visitors to find. The strategy will consider consistency of experience across the campus.
Watch this space for exciting events, and updates on the Food and Retail Strategy.