Application process

How do I apply?

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Complete the
online application form


Pay application fee

Not required for NRAS applications


Send the Reference Form (202Kb) to your nominated referee. (Except for NRAS applications)

Applications cannot be considered without the Reference Form. The completed form must be returned to the Residences Office by the application closing date.


For further information about the application process, please contact Residences. Enquiries should be directed to the campus of your choice as early as possible.

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When should I apply?

Please note that applications received before the closing date will  See key dates.

Late applications for the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and the Melbourne Burwood Campus seldom obtain a place.

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Why do I have to apply before I know if I've been accepted into a Deakin course?

Accommodation offers for new domestic students are made in conjunction with the release of University course offers. This is due to the tight timelines associated with the release of University places and the residential offer being made and accepted before the University year commences.

There is a great deal of competition for places and it is best to submit an application to avoid disappointment.  Very few late offers are made.

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What do I do if I am interested in applying for more than one Deakin campus?

If you are unsure which Deakin campus you will be studying at, simply indicate all campuses you are interested in on the application form. Once University course offers are made, we will adapt your application to match the campus where you will be studying.

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Is accommodation available at the Geelong Waterfront Campus?

Whilst university accommodation is not available at the Geelong Waterfront campus, many students live on residence at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and commute for their studies.

It is approximately 8 kilometres from the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus to the Geelong Waterfront campus. For those students who don’t have their own transport, a regular bus service operates daily. The University also operates a free intercampus bus service. It operates weekdays throughout the day and evening.


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Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

23rd October 2013