Waterfront student accommodation

Deakin is planning to build a new student residence at our Geelong Waterfront Campus, complete with common areas and study rooms, and walking distance to a great selection of retail and dining offerings.

Project summary



Completion date


Project manager

Todd Leake
+61 3 9244 6263

Urban living

To help meet increasing demand for student housing at our Geelong Waterfront Campus, this new 11-storey building will provide apartment-style accommodation for 410 students.

Located at 19–23 Brougham Street, it’s just a short walk to campus, the stunning Waterfront precinct, train station, and Geelong’s CBD retail and dining offerings.

Features of the new development include:

  • choice of apartment styles
  • study rooms dispersed throughout the building with flexible seating capacity
  • rooftop-level communal space including lounge areas, kitchen and dining, and outdoor terrace
  • heating to all areas and cooling to common areas and study rooms
  • associated car parking and bicycle storage at basement level
  • 24-hour staff/security presence
  • full wi-fii coverage
  • laundry with washing machines and dryers.

The building will also host an architecture workshop on the ground level for School of Architecture and the Built Environment students.

Architect renders of new accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Where will the new accommodation be?

The new Waterfront Student Accommodation building be located at 19–23 Brougham Street, on the corner of Little Smythe Street and Brougham Streets.

How was the site chosen?

The site at 19–23 Brougham Street was chosen for its:

  • proximity to Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront Campus
  • urban positioning, with ready access to public transport and the Geelong CBD retail and dining precinct
  • potential to enhance the vibrancy of this area of Geelong.

How did Deakin get approval to build it?

Deakin has undergone the planning process established by the State Government. This included review and input from the City of Greater Geelong, the Geelong Authority, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and Places Victoria.

What's the benefit to Geelong?

This project will increase the residential population in the City of Greater Geelong and add to the vitality of this area of the city.

Approximately 200 jobs will be created during the construction phase of this project.

On top of the recent investment in the T&G student residential development, Deakin will be injecting a further significant spend through this project, which will generate economic growth for Geelong and support of the broader urban renewal of the city.

What will the new building be used for?

The purpose of the new building is to provide student accommodation. The building will also contain a caretaker’s apartment and administration space for the support staff managing the building, and an architecture workshop on the ground level for School of Architecture and the Built Environment students.

Will it be restricted to university students?

The primary purpose of this new building is to address a need for good-quality, affordable student accommodation in central Geelong, in close proximity to the Waterfront Campus for Deakin students. 

Once open, the building will be managed by Deakin Residential Services as part of the broader Deakin student accommodation offering.

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How big is the building?

The building will be 11 floors in total, including the basement carpark, and will have capacity for 410 beds.

Will car parking be provided?

Yes. Basement carparks will be provided along with a significant number of bicycle parking spaces. Deakin students are also able to use the University’s other carparks, travel on the free Deakin shuttle bus or utilise the car-sharing schemes currently provided.

Noise and disruption

Due to the nature of large-scale building projects, there will be some noise and disruption during the construction period, however a number of steps will be taken to reduce this where practical.

  • The construction site will be secured and surrounded by hoarding to improve the visual amenity of the area. 
  • Works will be conducted during standard construction hours. 
  • Traffic management will be in place to minimise congestion around the site and to ensure the safe flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area.
  • Advance notice will be provided if any service disruptions are required to facilitate works.

If you have any concerns with excessive construction noise during the project, please contact the project manager (details at the top of this page).

Further information

We're fully committed to keeping the community informed during the construction period. If you have further concerns, please contact the project manager at the details above.

Contact us and bookings

Secure your room for 2018 in this brand new accommodation. Contact Deakin Residential Services for information on how to apply for on-campus living, function spaces, and short-stay bookings.

Deakin Residential Services
+61 3 925 17671
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