Attending campus

What you need to know and do when you come to campus or another University site.

Do not come to campus if you have a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or change in sense of taste or smell – however mild.

Follow this guide about getting tested for COVID-19 and what to do if you or someone you know tests positive, including notifying the University.

The following guidance is provided for people joining us on campus as restrictions ease. We're expecting more than 30,000 students and researchers to access campus during Semester 1.

Initial approval

Before coming to campus or another University site for the first time:

  1. You must complete the compulsory COVIDSafe Campus module (via LMS for students and TrainME for staff)
  2. You must complete the relevant health declaration:
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Every time you come

Follow health and safety directions: stay home if you are unwell, adhere to physical distancing, maintain hand hygiene, cover your cough and sneeze, 'check in' to spaces using QR codes, and carry and wear a face mask as required.

We have enhanced infection control and cleaning measures in place to ensure we are creating the safest on-campus environment and continuing to prioritise health and safety.

Daily health declaration arrangements may apply in specific University buildings in accordance with the local COVIDSafe plan, as well as in partner organisations such as hospitals and Medical Research Institutes. Anyone accessing these locations must comply with local requirements.

Face masks

Guidelines around face masks are changing regularly. You should carry a face mask at all times and wear one as required under current Victorian Department of Health recommendations.

Face masks are recommended whenever 1.5m physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Face masks are mandatory on public transport, in ride shares and taxis.

There may be some areas on campus and some campus-based activities where face masks will be required in addition to current restrictions. Where this is the case, this will be communicated by local areas.

There are a number of lawful reasons for not wearing a mask where it would otherwise be required. The list of exemptions can be found on the Department of Health website.

In addition to complying with government requirements around wearing a face mask, if you prefer to wear a face mask at any time you can choose to do so. You should respect other people’s decisions to wear or not wear a mask.

Attending campus advice for students

Attending campus information for staff


Translated resources

Access information about helping to keep our campus COVIDSafe in several University community languages.


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Return to face‑to‑face teaching and learning

First half year 2021 (including Summer Term and Semester 1) subjects are being delivered in one of three ways: online, on campus, or a combination of the two. This offers flexibility and COVIDSafe study options for everyone. If you are unable to return to campus for classes, a large number of subjects are available to study online – either in the dual-delivery or online subject types. Find out more.

The University’s first priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff, and we are confident that our COVIDSafe plans will enable students and staff to safely access campus for teaching and learning activities offered on campus.


Food and drink vendors

We encourage you to support the local businesses on campus, but it’s important to practice physical distancing wherever possible and follow all other health and safety guidance. Food and drink vendors open on campus must comply with government regulations.

The following food and drink outlets are currently trading:

  • Parkville
    • AXIL, WEBS Building: contact directly for opening hours
    • Bar Commercio, The Spot (Economics and Commerce): M–F, 8.30am–3pm
    • Baretto Café, Alan Gilbert Building: M–F, 6am–2pm
    • Boost Juice, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
    • Brew Sisters, Stop 1 (757 Swanston St): M–F, 7.30am–1pm
    • Carte Crepes, John Medley Building: M–F, 7.30am–3.30pm
    • Castro Kiosk, David Caro Building: M–F, 8am–2pm
    • Chill Out, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
    • Espresso Bar, The Ian Potter Museum of Art (Swanston Street): M–F, 8am–2pm
    • Express Kebabs, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
    • Food Works, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
    • Hoho's Canteen, Union House: M–F, 7.30am–5pm
    • home.two, Gate 4 (cnr Swanston Street and Monash Road): contact directly for opening hours
    • House of Cards, Engineering Lane: contact directly for opening hours
    • La Bonne Bouffe, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
    • MoFo Burgers (Mood Food), 100 Leicester Street: contact directly for opening hours
    • Plush Fish, Union House: M–F, 9am–4pm
    • Porta Via Café, Law Building: M–F, 8am–4pm
    • Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan Street: contact directly for opening hours
    • Professor's Walk Café, Baillieu Library: M–F, 10am–5pm
    • Pronto Pizza, Union House: M–F, 7am–3pm
    • Standing Room, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design): M–F, 8am–2pm
    • Subway, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
    • The Dumplings & Tea, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
    • University House (Professor's Walk): contact directly for opening hours
    • University House (Woodward): contact directly for opening hours
    • Zambrero, Union House: contact directly for opening hours
  • Southbank
    • Betwixt Café and Bar, Building 877 (Sturt Street): M–W, 8.30am–3pm; Th–F, 8.30am–8pm
    • Little Black, Building 881 (St Kilda Road): contact directly for opening hours
    • University House, Lionels Bar: M–F, 8.30am–3pm

Food and drink outlets that are not University tenants may also be operating on or near campus.

The Sustainability Team would like to remind people purchasing take-away coffees that disposable cups must be disposed of in the red landfill bins. For more information on correct waste disposal, including take-away food packaging, visit Reduce, Re-use, Recycle


Return to campus plans

The University is committed to a COVIDSafe return to campus in line with government and health advice.

Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community.

Our roadmap to a COVIDSafe return to campus outlines our principles for returning to campus in line with the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 advice.