Campuses and facilities

In the hub of Melbourne’s cultural and arts precinct, our students enjoy many wonderful opportunities to participate in the artistic life of Melbourne. With such an array of events on their doorstep, our students are regular attendees at exhibitions, performances, rehearsals, masterclasses and other significant events in Melbourne's cultural calendar.

Our Campuses

The state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Teaching Workshops at the Southbank Campus. Image: Ben Hosking.
The state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Teaching Workshops at the Southbank Campus. Image: Ben Hosking.

Southbank Campus

The Southbank campus is home to the majority of our programs. Our purpose-built facilities in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct encourage our students’ creative talents. The campus sits alongside the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, ACMI X, Melbourne Recital Centre, The Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

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The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the Parkville Campus, home to Melba Hall.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the Parkville Campus, home to Melba Hall.

Parkville Campus

The Parkville campus – which is home to many of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s programs – is situated in the heart of the University of Melbourne, and boasts the grand 340-seat Melba Hall, the scene of many memorable recitals and performances.

Parkville Map

Getting Here

  • Getting to Southbank

    Train

    • The Faculty's Southbank Campus is a ten-minute walk from Flinders Street Station, along St Kilda Road.

    Tram

    • For routes travelling up and down St Kilda Road (numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72) you can disembark at Grant Street (stop 17) for all routes except Route 1. If taking Route 1, disembark at Sturt Street (stop number 17).

    Tourist Shuttle

    • The free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne's CBD every 30 minutes and stops at Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road (Stop 1). For more information please go to www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/GettingAroundTheCity.

    Cycling

    • There are bicycle racks on Dodds Street, outside Building 879. There is also a station for Melbourne Bike Share on the corner of St Kilda Road and Southbank Boulevard. Helmets can be purchased from the IGA at 320 St Kilda Road or 151 Sturt Street (outside Malthouse Theatre) or the 7-Eleven at Fed Square (East Shard Building Ground Level). http://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au/

    Parking

    • Street parking is very limited close to the venues, but there are many secure car parks within walking distance.  Most street parking spaces have either a 2 or 3 hour limit between 7.30am and 6.30pm, Monday – Friday and 8.30am – 12.30pm on Saturdays, at a cost of $3.20 per hour.
    • Street parking is very limited near the theatres, but there are many secure car parks within walking distance of both venues.

    Disabled Parking

    • There are four disabled parking spaces along Dodds Street, each with a four hour restriction. Holders of a Category 1 Disabled Parking Permit are not required to purchase a ticket.
  • Getting to Parkville

    Train

    • Train lines connect to the Parkville Campus from both Flinders Street Station and Melbourne Central Station via trams up Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street. All Swanston Street trams stop at Melbourne University (Stop 1), while the Route 19 tram services Elizabeth Street. Visit the PTV website for information about routes and times.

    Tram

    • The Conservatorium is serviced directly by the Route 19 tram which stops right outside at Stop 11. All Swanston Street trams stop at Stop 1, University of Melbourne, and the Conservatorium is only a short walk across campus. Visit the PTV website for information about routes and times.

    Buses

    • Buses service both the Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street sides of the Parkville campus. Visit the PTV website for information about routes and times.

    Car

    Cycling

    • There are public bicycle racks available right next door to the Conservatorium on the south side.

Our venues and facilities

Dr Alvin Wong conducts the 2015 Melbourne Cello Festival ensemble at Melba Hall. Image: Sav Schulman.
Dr Alvin Wong conducts the 2015 Melbourne Cello Festival ensemble at Melba Hall. Image: Sav Schulman.

Melba Hall

Opened in Parkville over 100 years ago in 1913, Melba Hall has earned the reputation of one of Australia's finest concert venues and music education spaces.

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Artwork by Cherie Peele at the 2013 Art Graduate Exhibition. Photo: Drew Echberg.
Artwork by Cherie Peele at the 2013 Art Graduate Exhibition. Photo: Drew Echberg.

VCA Artspace

VCA Artspace is a dedicated student exhibition space, where students are encouraged to test ideas and present their work in a supported peer environment. Members of the public are invited to visit and enjoy the gallery.

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The 2016 Jazz and Improvisation Large Ensemble Series at Grant St Theatre. Image: Sav Schulman.
The 2016 Jazz and Improvisation Large Ensemble Series at Grant St Theatre. Image: Sav Schulman.

Grant Street Theatre and Lionel's

Our Southbank Campus is home to Grant St Theatre and Lionel's Lounge, a multi-purpose performance space and adjoining bar which plays host to a range of student, staff and external performances.

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Federation Hall on Grant Street near the corner of St Kilda Road.
Federation Hall on Grant Street near the corner of St Kilda Road.

Federation Hall

Seating more than 220 people, Southbank's Federation Hall is used regularly as a theatre, recital hall and cinema with projection and live-streaming capabilities.

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VCA Music Theatre Company 2016 perform in Spring Awakening in Space 28. Image: Drew Echberg.
VCA Music Theatre Company 2016 perform in Spring Awakening in Space 28. Image: Drew Echberg.

Space 28

Located in the Performing Arts building on Dodds St, Southbank, Space 28 is a multi-purpose large performing space that hosts a range of performances throughout the year.

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Norma Redpath Studio

Norma Redpath Studio

Nestled in the Parkville Campus, the Norma Redpath Studio provides a number of residencies each year to Australian and international artists. Generously gifted to the University by the family of acclaimed sculptor Norma Redpath, the house and studio facilities are now managed by the Victorian College of the Arts. For more information about residency programs, contact art-australia@unimelb.edu.au.

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Venue Hire

We have specialist venues and facilities that are available for hire to the public, community, and corporate organisations.

For all venue hire enquiries, please send us an email.

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Student Facilities

Students at the Faculty have access to a range of purpose-built teaching and learning facilities to support their studies. For more information, visit the current students page.

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The multi-purpose Teaching Workshops at Southbank. Image: Ben Hosking.
The multi-purpose Teaching Workshops at Southbank. Image: Ben Hosking.

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For general information about our campuses, please send us an email.

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Please note that our campuses are smoke-free.