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Geelong Waurn Ponds

Where hands-on learning meets world-leading research

75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216 | +61 3 5227 2333

Learn. Invent. Excel.

Join more than 8,000 students preparing for their futures in state-of-the-art facilities at our picturesque and spacious Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. Fast becoming a living laboratory for sustainable development through our ‘Climate Ready Campus’ vision, it’s a place of inspiration and innovation.

The campus is home to much of Deakin's world-leading research with the future-focused facilities to match. From an industry-standard engineering laboratory to our Elite Sports Precinct and soon to be established virtual film production studio, you'll have the tools you need to take on tomorrow with confidence.

Take the tour

Get a sneak peek of our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus with law student Danica, and imagine what your own Deakin journey could look like.

Student life

As Victoria’s #1 university for student support^ and satisfaction*, we’re proud to put your study experience first. At Deakin, you’ll feel supported to achieve your best, and enjoy yourself in the process! Our student services and resources are designed to cover every area of uni life – study, work and play.

Student wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is important to us – physically, mentally and spiritually. We have a range of services to help both students and staff stay healthy and safe, including medical centres, multifaith rooms, counselling services and disability support services.

Clubs and societies

One of the best ways to meet new people and immerse yourself in uni life is to join a club or society. From sport, health and personal development to religious, political and course-specific groups, there's more than 120 of them to choose from.

Sport and fitness

When it comes to sport and fitness our reputation matches our passion – it's one of our greatest strengths. From gyms and fitness classes to ovals, courts and stadiums, there's an abundance of facilities to help you reach your wellness goals.

Accommodation

Thinking about living on campus or nearby? Our range of contemporary accommodation options provide a safe and welcoming home for our residential student community.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus at a glance

Campus services

Shopping and food

We make shopping straightforward, with all our campuses kitted out with a range of amenities for purchase. Whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are plenty of great venues catering for everyone, including vegetarians and those on special diets.

Childcare

On-campus childcare means you can get to every class on time. The centre is open to children of students and staff, as well as children from the local area, though waiting lists apply.

Safety and security

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

Library

Not only a great space to study but a hub of infinite physical and digital resources, including our helpful and dedicated library staff.

Your commute

Public transport

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 from Southern Cross Station.

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

Drive

It's approximately a one-hour drive from Melbourne's CBD, depending on traffic. There's a number of carparks on campus, paid via permit or ticket. You can also park for free at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre in Belmont, and complete your journey on the free inter-campus shuttle bus.

Cycle

The 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 campus.

Carpool

We provide a free carpool matching service for students and staff. If you're giving someone a lift to campus, you can also use the carpooling car park.

While you're on campus

Free inter-campus shuttle bus

Our free inter-campus bus service for students and staff runs Monday to Friday, 7am until 8.30pm, with stops at both Geelong campuses. There’s also a stop at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre in Belmont. It's the most convenient way to travel between campuses.

Please note the bus service doesn't operate on weekends or during University closure dates.

Find out more

Campus map

Explore your campus the old-school way. Print it out or download a copy to your phone. Either way, you'll have a handy campus guide at your fingertips.

Disability access

Most of our buildings are wheelchair-accessible and have lifts, accessible toilets and automatic doors. We're continuously working to improve the accessibility of all campus facilities.

Footnotes

^2020 Student Experience Survey, UA benchmark group Victorian universities.
*Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2021 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).