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View towards the Arts and Cultural Building from the Amphitheatre of the Student Precinct.
Internal view of the Union Theatre towards empty seating within the Arts and Cultural Building.
View towards the Student Pavilion Building from the Amphitheatre of the Student Precinct.
View from the inside of the Arts and Cultural Building showing the escalator, balcony and seating area, with students studying in the foreground.
View from the inside of the Arts and Cultural Building towards the Arts Lab room, with students studying in the foreground.
Aerial view looking down towards students studying on the balcony space of the Arts and Cultural Building.
View from Monash Road into the Student Precinct from between the Student Pavilion and Arts and Cultural Buildings.

University of Melbourne Student Precinct Project

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Lyons in collaboration with Koning Eizenberg, Aspect Studios, NMBW Architecture, Greenaway Architects, ArchitectsEAT, Breathe Architecture and Glas Urban 2023


The University of Melbourne’s Student Precinct aims to enhance student experience through reconciliation, diversity and connection, with scalability of activity from festival mode to everyday social modes throughout 24,000 square metres of new and refurbished buildings and 12,000 square metres of new landscape.

The first precinct-wide development at the Parkville campus, the project embeds greater recognition of First Nations cultures whilst ensuring that captured student perspectives are infused into its design.

By lowering the original raised plaza back to a new ‘ground’ condition, the landscape-led pedestrian terrain is transformative, creating an inclusive and porous experience that embeds cultural connection at the heart of student experience. Two new 6 Star Green Star-designed buildings dedicated to arts and culture and a Student ‘Pavilion’ reside alongside four refurbished heritage assets, sustainably regenerated through careful restoration, and embedded in a rich landscape linked to Indigenous stories and flora and fauna.

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Guided tours led by members of the Design Team and the University of Melbourne will take participants through the precinct.

The Student Precinct Project is a once-in-a-generation infrastructure project for the University of Melbourne – one that will have a transformative impact on the student experience. The project is one of the biggest investments the University has made in its iconic Parkville campus to date, and signals the University’s commitment to delivering a world-class, campus-based experience for all students.

Located in the heart of the Parkville campus, on the corner of Grattan and Swanston Streets, it’s the first fully co-created major project in the University’s 170-year history. This means that the voice of the University community has been at the centre of the project’s design and development, with more than 20,000 students, staff and alumni actively contributing their ideas and expertise to inform the planning and design process.

Images: (1-7) Student Precinct. All photos: Peter Bennetts.

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Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Tours run 10am + 1pm
Running for 60 minutes in groups of 25

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet at the Market Hall Building at the heart of the Student Precinct. Enter off Swanston Street (west of the Stop 1 tram stop)


Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Sensory friendly, Elevator access


University of Melbourne, cnr Grattan and Swanston St, Parkville VIC 3052

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