Life outside the classroom

There's more to a great higher education experience than lectures and classes. As a University of Melbourne student you can get involved in the many clubs and societies on campus, take part in or watch a theatre production, attend seminars and public lectures from world-renowned experts, catch a movie or a session at the gym, visit the gallery, or enjoy a coffee and chat with fellow students in one of our many cafes.

Find out more about how to design your own student experience, and have a look at current events around campus.

Clubs and Societies

Clubs and societies: African drummingJoining a club on campus is a great way to meet new friends, explore new interests and develop new skills. Our students have formed clubs and societies not just because they love their course, but also because they love chocolate, four-wheel-driving or African drumming.

There are over 140 Student Union clubs at the University of Melbourne ranging from cultural, religious and political to musical and recreational. If you can't find a club you like, we encourage you to go ahead and create one.


Whether you're a serious student-athlete, or you simply want to learn a new outdoor adventure skill, our clubs deliver fun, friendship, fitness and University spirit - all important facets of the Melbourne Experience.

Our sporting facilities are among the best in Melbourne, including a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, large strength and fitness gym, athletic track, sports field, group fitness studios and squash and tennis courts. Massage and physiotherapy services are also available.

2010 Australian University Games Mixed Touch team.

Here are just a few of the sporting clubs at the University:

  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dancesport
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Kung fu
  • Mountaineering
  • Snowboarding
  • Volleyball
  • Waterski and wakeboard.

Equity and student engagement initiatives

Equity and student engagement initiatives provide you with amazing opportunities to get involved with your community both on and off campus. Leadership and volunteering experience provides with you with rewarding community connections, the chance to develop new skills and knowledge, and opportunities to form new friendships. It's also great for your future career as employers really value students who have practical experience in addition to their university study.

Equity and student engagement initiatives, events and resources include:

  • Leaders in Communities Award - a self-paced award providing a structure to gain recognition for your extra-curricular leadership and volunteering activities and develop your career related skills and networks.
  • Volunteering opportunities are available to students both on and off campus. Find out more in the Volunteering section of our Careers and Employment website.
  • Global Perspectives Summit - a gathering of 100 future leaders for three days of discussion, discovery and debate with experts from around the country on issues facing the globe.
  • Destination Melbourne - a three day orientation program for students from outside of Melbourne, introducing what the University has to offer; hosted by later-year students.

Life outside the campus

Studying and living in a different country or city is both an exciting and challenging experience. The International Student Services (ISS) website has great information about studying and living in Melbourne including information about cultural adjustment and how to get involved in University life.

ISS also offers a range of services and programs for international students and their families, such as pre-departure briefings, orientation events, ESOS and visa support, language support, and supervision for students under 18 years old.

For more information, visit the International Student Services website.

While you're experiencing all the University and city of Melbourne has to offer, please be mindful about safety. We have a Safer Community Program which offers personal safety tips and support services if you have any questions about safety.