Life as a resident
Life on campus is so much more than just a comfy bed in a safe building. You'll be connected to a supportive student community and enjoy a whole range of exclusive activities across the year. This encouraging environment will ensure you're able to create a balanced study/social life.
The student experience is at the heart of everything we do. During any month, you might find our residents trying out yoga, learning new cooking skills, showcasing their skills at a Resi's Got Talent or volunteering their time in the local community.
Wellbeing and engagement during COVID-19
While life's temporarily 'out of the ordinary' at the moment, Deakin Residential Services is doing all it can to ensure our residents remain happy, healthy and connected to each other and our team (regardless of where you're based). Our 2020 Belong, Balance, Broaden wellbeing and engagement framework is designed to:
- Foster a sense of belonging and engagement with our community
- Encourage residents to balance mind and body
- Explore opportunities to broaden your horizons through virtual personal and professional development activities, webinars and workshops.
Accommodation webinar series
Access our latest webinar series, on demand, and get all your questions answered about moving closer to uni to study. Learn about the different types of accommodation available, our on campus team DeakinRes, and how we'll ensure you stay connected and supported throughout your time at Deakin.
A new 320-bed precinct is coming to Waurn Ponds ready for Trimester 1, 2021. This new student accommodation expansion will offer a contemporary, affordable, high-quality living experience for students.
The new precinct features 32 two-level townhouses, each housing 10 occupants. Each resident will have a fully-furnished private bedroom, plus usage of a light-filled communal kitchen, dining and living spaces and shared bathroom facilities. To create a real sense of community and connectedness, a centralised administration building, town hall and village green will be built for student use.
This expansion will ensure that applications from students in local areas (including Geelong and metro Melbourne) will now be considered. There will be single gender and quiet housing options on offer for students, should they prefer. We anticipate that this new precinct will be popular, so students are encouraged to apply early to maximise their chances of receiving an offer.
Applications will open 1 August 2020.
Our community values: RESPECT
Deakin is a nurturing environment with a collaborative culture of respect that allows all students to thrive academically and grow as people. Residents and staff share the responsibility of building and maintaining a healthy and happy community, and all experiences are guided by our RESPECT values.
My advice for anyone considering university and living on campus is don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone – that is when the greatest experiences happen.
Melbourne Burwood Campus resident
Top reasons to live on campus
- Deeper friendships: On-campus students have a stronger sense of belonging and form deeper connections with other students, as a result of tailored living options, peer support, and an extended transition program. You'll make friends for life while living on campus.
- Diverse cultural and social activities: Do you like photography? Drama? Sports? Singing? We've got it all covered. Our Campus Life team and residential leaders run a variety of small and large events on and off campus.
- Extensive orientation and transition programs: You'll make friends for life while living on campus. Meet your new friends (and housemates) when you first arrive during our week-long orientation program. This is one week you simply cannot miss.
- More time and convenience: Like to sleep in? You can opt out of your daily commute when you live on campus – getting to all of your classes will be no more than a five minute walk! Once classes are over, you will have plenty of time to explore the local area, as each of our campuses are well-connected to public transport networks. You'll also have even better access to university support services like the library and computer labs.
- All your living needs covered: Forget the hassle of finding housemates and setting up rental agreements and amenities – everything is all ready for you when you arrive. Each accommodation precinct includes study rooms, laundries, bike storage, a movie room, common rooms, pool tables, outdoor spaces, and communal barbecues. Our preventative maintenance approach ensures your home is constantly being monitored and maintained to a comfortable standard.
- No fuss payment system (and no separate utility or internet bills): When you live on campus you have a simple, no fuss payment system. Everything is included. Plus, you pay a reduced rental agreement rather than the full 52 weeks if you were living off campus.
- Personalised support: Deakin carefully selects residential leaders, who know what it's like to live on campus, to ensure you are warmly welcomed and settled in – 98% of Deakin residents agreed that they feel safe and comfortable in their new home. Residential staff and volunteer leaders recognise and can refer matters relating to student safety, welfare, and behavioural concerns to our expert Campus Life staff.
- 24-7 customer service and security: You will always be able to gain direct access to an on-site staff member, who is available for all students living on campus. Residents have staff available to provide an immediate response in cases such as a lockout or during more serious emergencies.
- Better academic performance: Living on campus is so much more than just a safe room in a secure building. Students who live on campus can expect to achieve higher grades – residents have been proven to consistently outperform non-residents.
- Student leadership opportunities: If you return to live on campus for your second or third year, you have the chance to give back to our residential community by taking on the role of student leader. Get involved in our comprehensive training program and develop new skills – you'll have the opportunity to help others, meet more friends, and it'll look great on your CV.
- Pastoral care and support: Feeling homesick? Or just need a helping hand? Get the support you need from someone who's been there and done it. At each residence, a team of student leaders are always available to help.