Where hands-on learning meets world-leading research
Established in a rural setting, with surf beaches and the famous Twelve Apostles at its doorstep, our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is loved by students and nature-enthusiasts alike. Juxtapositioned with some of the most advanced research facilities in the world, it's a truly unique and inspiring campus.
On first appearance, our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is a vast, lush green space dotted with curiously futuristic buildings. Look closer and you'll find a friendly community of students and staff who shape the vibrant, inclusive and stimulating learning environment.
Homebase for much of Deakin's world-leading research, this campus is well-renowned for its breadth and depth of first-class facilities. From our Elite Sports Precinct to the extraordinary Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training – the quantity and quality of assets is unrivalled.
A place of personal and professional discovery that brings out the best of your abilities. From nursing and medicine, engineering and IT, to sport, science and the arts – whatever you're studying, our dynamic Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus culture supports and nurtures excellence.
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.
We want you to make the most of your time with us, and enjoy yourself in the process! Our extensive range of services and resources are designed to cover every area of uni life – study, work and play.
Health and 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.
Thinking about living on campus or nearby? Our range of contemporary accommodation options provide a safe and welcoming home for our residential student community.
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.
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.
Not only a great space to study but a hub of infinite physical and digital resources, including our helpful and dedicated library staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deakin Scout is our smart, personalised navigation and wayfinding app. It calculates the fastest route (important for that first coffee) and gives step-by-step directions to anywhere on campus – even inside buildings.
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.