The New Student Precinct will make a significant contribution to the transformation of the on-campus student experience at Parkville by delivering a world-class student hub for the whole campus community.

It will be a vibrant centre of activity that will co-locate student services and activities closer to the new heart of the campus, and to primary transport links.

Co-creation will be the cornerstone of this initiative, with our students partnering with the University as active contributors and decision-makers. A co-creation framework was established in early 2016, alongside a program of co-creation initiatives that have supported and informed the ongoing development of the Project.

In August 2017, the project was allocated $193.6M from the Capital Plan for Phase 1 of the Project, with a further $36.1M for Phase 2, subject to a further business case.

Early and enabling works commenced early 2018 to prepare the site for construction works and will be ongoing until the end of 2018.

In February 2018, Lyons Architecture was engaged as the lead architects who have just delivered the concept design for the Precinct and have now commenced the schematic design.


The Precinct will be defined by Monash Road to the north, Grattan Street to the south, Swanston Street to the east and the Melbourne School of Engineering Precinct to the west, incorporating nine University of Melbourne buildings.

Situated close to primary transport links such as the tram super-stop on Swanston Street and the future Melbourne Metro Rail station on Grattan Street, the location for the New Student Precinct will be easily accessible to all students studying at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus.

The Project will increase contemporary study and informal spaces (including 24/7 co-working spaces) and the and diversity of social spaces.

co-location of student services

University of Melbourne Student Union and the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, Murrup Barak, currently located in Union House and Old Physics respectively, are two student organisations that will be relocated to the Precinct.

These services will form part of a co-located student precinct alongside existing services provided by the Graduate Student Association, Stop 1, the Co-op Bookshop and the Eastern Resource Centre.



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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


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:

Technology and Tradition

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.

Synergy and Innovation

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.

Quality experiences

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 culture of inclusion

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.

Spaces and Places

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.