Residential college of the University of Melbourne, offering casual visitor accommodation during the academic year vacation periods.


University College, University of Melbourne, is a picturesque College nestled in beautiful garden surrounds located on the edge of both the university's Parkville Campus and Princess Park. Ideal for individuals or small groups seeking student style or apartment accommodation, it's just a short tram ride from the city centre for short, medium or long term stays. There are 14 apartments available for booking all year around not just in student vacation times. Student style accomodation is available only during vacation periods (June/July and November to February).

Apartments range from studio, one bedroom and two bedroom and are well equipped with climate controlled heating and air conditioning, study area, living room with television, clock radio, internet access, a kitchen/ette and a private bathroom.

Rates for apartments include bed and breakfast, lunch and dinner, bed linen and towels, weekly service.   Additional guests may stay in apartments for an extra fee per night (including all meals). A trundle bed can be added to lounge areas if required.

History to the present day

University College, formerly University Women’s College, was the pioneer college for women’s education at The University of Melbourne. After many long years of campaigning against considerable opposition, it was established in 1937 as an independent, non-denominational College for women. The College became mixed in 1975 and now there are approximately equal numbers of men and women residents. 

Food and Drinks

University College has a traditional College style dining hall. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served here throughout the year for all guests. Breakfast is included in the Apartment tariff and lunch and dinner can be purchased separately. During the Academic year, the College community dines together on Monday and Tuesday nights. Apartment guests are welcome to join the College staff and tutors on high table for dinner on these nights. Academic gowns must be worn on these two nights and academic gowns are provided in the apartments.  

Breakfast includes continental buffet (cereal, yogurts, toast, juice, tea/coffee and fruits, etc) and a hot option on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chilled water are available all day.

The College is a short walk from Melbourne’s famous Lygon Street Restaurant precinct which in addition to many restaurants and cafes also contains a supermarket, Chemist, bookshop and other specialty retailers.

There is tram stop outside the College ensuring easy tram access to the city centre and its many resturants.

Grounds and gardens

The College is set in extensive established gardens on a 5 acre site that offers a park-like ambience. At its centre are two beautiful courtyards where guests can relax over a meal and soak up College life. The apartments have their own private entrances so that guests can enjoy the buzz of College life or seclusion as they choose.

***** PLEASE NOTE: From 1 December 2015 until the end of July 2018, the Dining Hall will be carrying out major building works to demolish and extend the building. This work will affect some college rooms and apartments, reducing the natural light in the room and there will be some noise pollution between the hours of 8am – 6pm. *****

Other facilities

The College has a tennis court on site which is available for guest use at no charge. For joggers and walkers, the popular Princess Park trail is just across the road.

The College is walking distance from Royal Park and the Melbourne Zoo.

The College provides one free car parking space per apartment.

Internet access is available in all apartements / rooms.

There are laundry facilities within each building, including a washer/dryer.  

Visitors can use the library, 24 hour resource centre, computers and printers.


No disabled access

20th century buildings

Breakfast Included

Private parking (charge)

No smoking


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Tennis court


Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

University College, Parkville, Melbourne - Reviews


Based on 34 reviews
Service 4.1
Rooms 3.7
Food 3.5
Value 4.2
Overall Experience 3.9

Fantastic accommodation, the room large & spotless; the staff exceedingly friendly & helpful; excellent food; the garden was a delight & the 24 hour use of the library with computers & wifi was a brilliant bonus. I would highly recommend this accommodation.
Mrs Daphne S

Comfortable, accessible and friendly - I had everything I needed within walking distance of the course I was attending. Good to have off street parking and secure accommodation. Quiet environment with lovely gardens and clean well kept facilities. This is the second time I have stayed at University College and I would stay again.
Mrs Shelley M

No internet issues at all, great in fact, had my own bathroom, easy checkin even on a Saturday. Would definitely stay again
Mr Neilla B

For my wife and me it was a really good experience: meeting other people from students to other guests. We enjoyed the conviviality and it reminded us of our stay in pilgrim hostel accommodation along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes/les Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle both in France and Spain.
Mr Marc G

1. It would be great if there was a little more info on the website. I was keen to find out if there was access to a kitchen where we could cook our own meals, however I couldn't find any clear info about this. 2. The Resident Tutors were very prompt, friendly and helpful. 3. The floor looked a bit unclean. 4. The quality and choice available at breakfast was great. The kitchen staff were helpful and friendly. 5. Overall a great experience. The location of the college was perfect for the conference I was attending and made my stay exceptionally easy. 6. Overall, good value for money. Thank you.
Miss Kylie M

Very good value for money. Friendly helpful staff.
Dr Jennifer H

Arrival Info

Address: 40 College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria, Melbourne3052, Australia

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 20:00 (8:00pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 10:00 (10:00am) - 12:00 (12:00pm)

Address: University College, 40 College Crescent, Parkville Victoria  3052 Australia.

Check-in: From 2pm, STRICTLY until 9pm only. Check-out: By 10.00am.

University College is situated just north of the City Centre. We are located on the non univesity side of College Cresent  opposite Ormond College (Melway reference Map 2B C4).

Please check in at Main Reception between 2pm and 5pm Monday to Friday. For other times please contact the Duty Tutor on mobile phone to collect the keys and directions to your apartment. Keys cannot be collected after 10pm.

The Tullamarine International Airport is approximately 20km northwest of Melbourne (30 minutes by car or 45 minutes by sky bus to city centre). As there is no direct rail or tram link from the Airport to the City, most guests either get a taxi or use the cheaper skybus service to the city centre.

Luggage can be stored at the Reception desk before 2pm on the day of arrival and after 10am on the day of departure.