What is it like to live on campus?



Will I like living in residence?

Living in residence at a University is a once in a life time experience and one to remember as part of your whole-of University experience at Deakin.

If this is your first time away from home you will have the chance to build independent living skills in a safe and supportive environment. Living in a close knit community you will get back what you put in, with interest. Residences have performed longitudinal research for residents' retention and academic success rates and shown these to be generally higher compared with off-campus students. Resident take pride in being a 'living and learning' community, with a strong sense of a resident's personal and academic support - for their transition and success through the University.

It is up to you to take advantage of the opportunities on offer. The residential experience is so much more than just a place to stay.

The following are some of the advantages of living in residence:

• Fully furnished bedroom and unit
• Friendship
• Walking distance to all University facilities
• Academic assistance
• Clubs and special interest groups
• Recreation programs
• Peer support
• Belonging to a Community
• 24 hour Security
• Sporting facilities
• Pastoral care
• Special dinners
• Leadership training and employment preparation
• Phone and network access
• Competitive rental charge for Trimesters (not yearly rate)
• Experiences that may not be otherwise available (eg cultural exchange)
• Student Services support
• Student leadership opportunities (Residential Leaders)

What will I need to bring?

One advantage of living in residence is that you don’t need to go through the expensive process of furnishing your own place.  We provide basic furnishings in bedrooms, kitchens and common areas and in addition provide our residents with access to laundry facilities. 

Please note that what’s provided and what you need to bring may vary between campuses.  Refer to campus information for further details.

What support is provided?

Each campus has its own Residential Support Team. The team consists of: Residential Assistants (senior students) who provide direct support to a small number of residents (range/ratios); Residential Supervisors who provide after hours care and support to all residents and the office staff; one Manager at each site, who oversees the twenty four hour support network.

All staff are available to provide personal support, academic support and referrals to appropriate services as required. Residential staff also coordinate the social, sport and cultural programs available at each location.

What if I have a disability?

All units at the Burwood Student Village have wheelchair accessible bathrooms on the lower level and six of the twenty units are fully accessible on the lower level with modified kitchens, laundries and bedrooms. Boyd 1 and Gordon 5 in Deakin College, Geelong and Mansion 2 in Warrnambool provide full access for disabled students.

Are there any social activities?

A wide variety of social activities are available at each campus. These include sports competitions (intra & inter campus), talent quests, formal dinners, balls, river cruises, movie nights, cultural dinners, unit functions, plays, bar nights.

Is there a guest policy?

Guests are permitted, however you may only apply to have one guest at a time.

All overnight guests must be registered by curfew on the day of their stay. Guests must produce their dated guest pass to security upon request. Failure to register a guest with the office will result in you being charged a fee.

What about security?

All campuses have Security staff on duty 24 hours per day and are contactable by dialling 222 from any internal phone. Security staff are able to accompany students to/from residences and other areas of the University after dark. Thorough patrols of the residences are performed after hours to ensure that only residents are on the premises.

Security Personnel are provided with a daily report from the Residences Office on all guests registered for that evening. Any visitor unable to produce a valid guest pass is immediately escorted from the premises.

What are the cleaning arrangements?

Cleaning staff service the communal areas regularly. You are responsible for cleaning your room.

What is the insurance coverage provided?

It is recommended that each resident has their own contents insurance.

What transport is available?

Public Transport
Bus and tram services run daily from the Melbourne campus. A daily bus service is available at Geelong and Warrnambool. For public transport timetables, bike riding, carpooling info and more refer to the TravelSmart website.

Limited car parking is available for residents. Parking permits must be purchased. Details will be included with your letter of offer.

Bikes are not permitted inside common areas or bedrooms but lockable storage areas are available.

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30th October 2013