Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Overview

Get the best of both worlds at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. Access our world-class education programs and superb facilities while relaxing in a pretty, rural environment, close to some of Australia's best surf beaches.

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+61 3 5227 1100

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75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216

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Deakin University 

Locked Bag 20000 

Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia

Get to know the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus with a quick video tour

Geelong at a glance

  • Geelong sits at the start of one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road.
  • Surf beaches, whale watching and the famous Twelve Apostles are on your doorstep.
  • On campus there are heaps of outdoor areas and spacious new buildings, perfect for both socialising and studying.
  • Waurn Ponds Campus has incredible sports facilities – from a stadium, sports hall and courts, to a deluxe health club, complete with gym, work-out studios and group fitness classes.

Getting there

Train

Geelong’s Waurn Ponds train station is the closest station to the campus. V/Line trains operate throughout the day on the Geelong–Melbourne line and take just over an hour and 15 minutes. 

Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website

Bus

There are plenty of bus services that run from the Geelong CBD, Geelong railway station and the Waurn Ponds railway station to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website

How to pay for public transport

To travel to Geelong from Melbourne you’ll need to buy a Myki card. Myki cards are very easy to use, just top up credit at a shop or station, then touch-on and off to get through the barriers at train stations. The suburban bus lines use Myki as well as tickets that can be purchased on the buses.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Myki site

Free inter-campus bus for students and staff

Deakin’s free inter-campus bus service for students and staff runs frequently between the Geelong Waterfront and Waurn Ponds Campuses. There’s also a stop at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre (Belmont Common).

Cycling

The Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is connected to a number of scenic bicycle trails. On campus you’ll find showers and change rooms, bike racks and lockers to make your commute as easy and safe as possible or you can park at Barwon Valley Activity Centre (BVAC) and jump on the Cube bus to the campus.

Find out about local cycling news, resources and events

Driving

The Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is just over an hour from Melbourne by car, depending on traffic.

  • From Melbourne, take the Princes Freeway (M1) west
  • Follow the M1 to Highton
  • Take the exit towards Waurn Ponds
  • Turn right onto the A10
  • Take the first right into Pigdons Road
  • Take the first left at Deakin University Geelong Waurn Ponds

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Carpooling

We provide a free carpool-matching service to students and staff to help you find someone to carpool with.

If you bring someone else with you in your car, you can use the carpooling car park.

Parking

Paid parking is available on campus at a number of different car parks. You can pay for parking using the PayByPhone app or by buying a ticket from a machine.

Get more details on parking and parking permits

Finding your way around

We’ve created an app to help you navigate around our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. And just in case you run out of battery, there’s a map you can print out too.

Download our on-campus wayfinding app
Download campus map

Disability Access

We have a Disability Resource Centre on every campus and most of our buildings are fully accessible too – with lifts, disabled toilets and automatic doors.

Find out more about disability access

Facilities

Where to eat

With five food outlets, including three cafés, a food court and a bistro, Waurn Ponds has got your food and coffee needs covered.

Find out where to eat

Bookshop and merchandise

Our bookshop is always well-stocked with textbooks and stationery. Don’t forget to grab your Deakin merchandise too.

Find out about the bookshop and merchandise

Library

A huge amount of resources, helpful staff and a great space to study. You’re welcome to use the library even if you’re not a student or staff member.

Learn about the library

Student services

Get support of all kinds from Deakin Central – our administration hub – and the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA). 

Learn more about student services

Medical centre

We have an accredited medical centre on every campus. You can either make an appointment to see our doctors or nurses or just drop in to the clinic. It’s completely free. 

Find out about the medical centre

Spiritual centre

You’re welcome to use this peaceful room for prayer and reflection, whether you’re religious or not. The historic Deakin Chapel is also located at our Waurn Ponds campus. 

Find out about the spiritual centre

Event spaces

Our picturesque sandstone chapel is available to hire for weddings, christenings and other occasions. We also hire out lecture theatres, classrooms and meeting rooms. 

Find out about event hire

Local shopping

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is just a short stroll to the local shopping centre. 

Find out about nearby shops

Safety and security

We take safety very seriously at all our campuses with 24/7 security officers and a SafeZone app for your phone. 

Learn about safety and security

Child care

Our on-site childcare centre is open to children of staff, students and families in the local area. 

Learn about our childcare centre

Parent room

Heat up milk and baby food in microwaves, change nappies and breastfeed in privacy. 

Find out about our parent room

Live at Deakin

We have accommodation for 790 students at our Waurn Ponds Campus, in a picturesque landscape close to all University facilities, including library, shops and sporting facilities. We can also help you with off-campus accommodation that’s close to campus and that suits your budget.

Find out about accommodation

Building projects

We're dedicated to creating beautiful, state-of-the-art, accessible and sustainable spaces and facilities for everyone who visits our Waurn Ponds campus.

Learn more about building projects at Waurn Ponds

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