As Australia’s leading university, the University of Melbourne is committed to providing a world-class experience for its students. As part of this vision, a New Student Precinct on the Parkville campus is proposed.

This major project will enhance the student experience by concentrating and improving student services and activities closer to the new heart of the Parkville campus, and to existing and proposed transport links.

Co-creation is the cornerstone of this major campus development, with our students partnering with the University as active decision-makers, collaborators and drivers of the project.


Selection of a lead architect for the New Student Precinct will take place in two phases:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest Phase

  • Announcement of EOI invitation – 8 September 2017
  • Registration of intention to submit EOI closes – 15 September 2017 (CLOSED)
  • Submissions close – 4 October 2017
  • Short-listed candidates notified – 26 October 2017

Stage 2: Team Concept and Design Process Response Phase

  • Brief issued to short-listed candidates – 26 October 2017
  • Submissions close – 1 December 2017
  • Notification to successful lead architect – by 20 December 2017

Actions and tasks must be completed no later than 4pm AEST on the dates shown. Late registrations or submissions will not be accepted.

Please click below to download the New Student Precinct EOI and Design Response Proponent Package.

Links to supporting documentation can be accessed via the links below:



P: Alex Kennedy, Project Lead, Major Projects – (03) 8344 9593



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We will be seeking input from students throughout the Project. Find updates on the co-creation process here.

Co-creation updates

Activity is afoot in the New Student Precinct site with the launch of an edible room, a haemoglobin-filled exhibition and a mobile kitchen all happening this August. Early and enabling works for the project are in development with design getting underway in the coming months.

11 July 2017

31 May 2017

In the little time we've been apart, the Student Precinct Project Team has been busy preparing for a dynamic year ahead.

In addition to collaborating with students and key stakeholders, conducting surveys and planning for the next phase of the design process, we've also been supporting the upcoming launch of both the Outdoor Gallery and Fair Food UniCycle, two fantastic student-led initiatives set to enliven the Precinct.

Click on the links below to find out more, and get involved in our Precinct!

30 March 2017

In our most recent survey you were invited to share your thoughts about our proposed new Student Precinct and go in the running to win one of five $100 visa gift cards.

This 10-minute survey sought your feedback to ensure that a new precinct for student-focused services, activities and facilities is co-created with the people that will use it most – our students.

This survey is now closed.

The survey: Independent Market Research company Nature have developed this survey to understand what our students currently do on the Parkville campus and what they would like to do in a new Student Precinct. This survey is also an anonymous chance for students to have their say about proposed design concepts for a new Student Precinct.

Eligibility: To be eligible to complete this survey you must be a current University of Melbourne student.

Prizes: Students who complete this survey will go in the running to win 5 x cash prizes of $100.

6 March 2017

We will be seeking input from students throughout the Project. Here's a snapshot of what you've told us so far.

"A sense of connection leads to a sense of belonging and community. The University has a really good opportunity to develop this idea within the new Student Precinct.”

“We need natural light and nature integrated. It’s really important for my mental health.”

“As a leading global university we need to show we’re sustainable”

“The Precinct should be a place where everyone feels welcome… with warm, relaxed options for public and private existence.”

“You always know where to go next. There would be clear directions – signs and marks on the ground - and a cohesive flow throughout the buildings.”

“It’s a great idea to have somewhere relaxing… Sometimes I just want to rest between lectures.”

“We need places to showcase the talent of students around the campus!”

20 February 2017

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 Student Precinct Project will support our campus in the 21st century through the following:


World-class facilities will complement existing heritage buildings, while mobile and digital technology – tailored to student’s needs – will be integrated into the Precinct space.


The new Student Precinct location was carefully thought through to ensure that the student experience will be optimised. The Precinct will be flanked by Carlton Connect and the Science Gallery, the Metro Rail and existing University services like Stop 1. In addition to this, University services, clubs, associations and societies will call the Precinct home.


The Student Precinct will boast food and beverage facilities that students can enjoy at their own convenience. Communal spaces and a suite of activities, events and initiatives will encourage interaction and provide an outlet for student wellbeing.


A key feature of the Precinct will be simplifying the way students navigate the space. Navigating easily through the Precinct to access services and facilities will be a key design feature. In addition to its primary audience the Precinct will invite the community in; providing cultural events, experiences and interactions.


Outdoor and green spaces will be central to the design of the new Student Precinct, responding to both OC21 commitments and students aspirations for the space. Co-creating these spaces with students from faculties including Horticulture, Architecture and Urban Design will be central to the planning process. The refurbishment of existing buildings to better cater to today’s students needs will also be a core aspect of the Student Precinct Project.