Attending campus

Welcome to campus! Find out what you need to know and do when you come to campus or another University site.

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, including 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 for support and advice.

If you are a household close contact, you are encouraged to study or work from home, if you can, for 7 days. Further guidance is available on our testing and notification page.

First visit

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

Welcome to campus - help keep our campus COVIDSafe

Every time you come

We all have a role to play to keep our campuses and community safe.

All students and staff are reminded to:

Additional health requirements 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-to-face teaching and learning

2022

Teaching and learning will continue in three delivery modes in 2022: online, campus-based, or dual-delivery (blended for onshore students and purely online for offshore students). This offers COVIDSafe study options for everyone, with a campus-based experience for as many students as possible.

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

We strongly encourage students to take their Semester 2 classes on campus if possible, to engage with other students and staff, and make the most of University of Melbourne campus life.

For students unable to attend campus for classes, many subjects are available to study online – either in the dual-delivery or online subject types.

2023

From Semester 1, 2023 we anticipate that most programs and subjects, particularly at the undergraduate level will be predominately delivered face-to-face. We look forward to warmly welcoming all our students to our campuses to enjoy the rich atmosphere of university life.

Dual delivery and online modes may continue to be available for some postgraduate courses and individual subjects.

Find out more

COVIDSafe plans

To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our community we have COVIDSafe plans in place across the University, including individual campuses, faculties, schools, buildings and operations.

There are many factors helping to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus. They include vaccination, testing and isolation, cleaning, ventilation, personal behaviour, face masks, welfare-first COVID‑19 case management, and flexible study and work arrangements.

  • Face masks

    The University continues to follow Victorian public health orders for face masks. You must carry a face mask at all times and wear one as required under current COVIDSafe Settings.

    You are no longer required to wear a face mask in most indoor settings, but wearing a mask remains recommended.

    Face masks are still required:

    • in higher-risk settings at the University where a local risk assessment has determined this is necessary
    • where required by third parties
    • after being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results, except asymptomatic surveillance testing
    • if you have COVID-19 or are a probable case and are leaving home in line with quarantine, isolation or testing requirements
    • if you are a close contact – anywhere outside your home, including on campus
    • on public transport, in taxis/rideshare services, in tourism vehicles, on commercial flights and at airports
    • and in these other settings specified by the Victorian Government

    There are a number of lawful reasons for not wearing a mask where it would otherwise be required. The Victorian Government provides a list of exceptions.

    Face masks are strongly recommended:

    • for frontline staff (including libraries, service centres and teaching staff)
    • where you can’t physically distance, this includes outdoor settings
    • if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
    • when you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19
    • for any customer-facing worker not otherwise required to wear a face mask

    The University will continue to support people who choose to wear a mask in any other setting and continue to provide access to:

    • surgical masks on request for staff, students and visitors attending campus who have forgotten or don’t have access to a mask
    • P2 or equivalent masks for:
      • staff and students attending an area of campus or undertaking an activity where it is required by local risk assessment or Standard Operating Procedure
      • staff working on campus who seek the option of a higher-grade mask
      • any student who wishes to use one, after registering first with the University – please show your email confirmation to collect masks
    • additional P2 or equivalent masks for students or staff who are household close contacts and need to attend campus (you must follow these additional requirements)

    Further guidance is available about types of masks and how to use them effectively.

  • Cleaning and sanitising

    The University has implemented enhanced infection control and cleaning measures across all facilities, including:

    • More frequent cleaning and disinfection by professional cleaning staff
    • Self-service infection control measures, such as 2500+ touch-free hand sanitiser dispensers and 3000+ alcohol wipe dispensers
    • Additional deep cleaning, disinfection and site closures as needed in response to a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Physical distancing
    • Indoor spaces have been reconfigured and  plexiglass barriers installed in some service areas to facilitate physical distancing
    • Signage and floor decals provide reminders for people to maintain physical distance of 1.5m where possible
  • Ventilation

    The University has reviewed buildings for adequacy of ventilation capacity and introduced a variety of measures to reduce the risk of indoor transmission of COVID-19, including:

    • Increasing ventilation by mechanical or natural means where necessary
    • Where the system is unable to ensure to adequate air intake and exchange, other mitigations, such as portable air purifiers have been deployed
    • Real-time monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels as a proxy to evaluate airborne virus risk and adequate fresh air supply – monitors have been installed in teaching spaces and some other spaces to actively monitor air quality
    • Encouraging greater use of outdoor spaces

    Find out more about ventilation.

  • Screening and testing

    Students, staff, contractors and visitors with undiagnosed COVID-19 symptoms must not attend campus.

    The University continues to support students and staff to access COVID-19 tests including:

    • supporting Department of Health testing facilities at the Parkville Campus
    • providing access to rapid antigen tests (RATs) following campus exposures
    • providing access to RATs for those who need to return to campus following household exposure (you must follow these additional requirements)
    • providing access to RATs for asymptomatic screening in higher-risk settings
    • committing to provide access to RATs for students and staff attending campus during semester 1, to support asymptomatic screening for additional comfort and confidence

    Find out where to collect a RAT on campus.

  • Processes and administrative measures

Staff can access the University and local COVIDSafe Plans here for more detail. (staff login required)

Want to know more?

Watch these short videos about the measures we are taking to keep our campuses COVIDSafe and actions to take to protect yourself and others.

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Food and drink vendors

We encourage you to support the local businesses on campus, but remind you to practice physical distancing wherever possible and follow all other health and safety guidance.

All staff, students and other patrons must meet the University's vaccination requirements.

The following food and drink outlets are currently trading:

  • Parkville

    Find these venues on our Food on Campus map.

    VenueOpening hours
    AXIL, WEBS Building Monday to Friday 7:30am - 3pm
    Bar Commercio, The Spot (Economics and Commerce) Monday to Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Baretto Café, Alan Gilbert Building Monday to Friday  6am - 2pm
    Brûlée Coffee Cart, University Plaza Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
    Carte Crepes, John Medley Building Monday to Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm
    Castro Kiosk, David Caro Building Monday to Tuesday 8am - 3pm
    Friday 8am - 2pm 
    Cafe 723, 723 Swanston Street Monday to Friday 8:30am - 1:30pm
    Espresso Bar, The Ian Potter Museum of Art (Swanston Street) Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4pm
    Hoho's Canteen, Union House Monday to Friday 7:30am - 5pm
    home.two, Tin Alley (next to Sports Centre) Monday to Friday 8am - 2:30pm
    House of Cards, Engineering Lane Monday to Friday 7:30am - 2:30pm
    MoFo Burgers (Mood Food), 100 Leicester Street Monday to Thursday 8am - 10pm
    Friday to Saturday 8am - 12pm
    Porta Via Café, Law Building Monday to Friday 7am - 4pm
    Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan Street Tuesday/Wednesday 12pm - 10pm
    Thursday 12pm - 11pm
    Friday 12pm - 12am
    Saturday 3pm - 12am
    Sunday/Monday closed
    Professor's Walk Café, Baillieu Library Please contact operator
    Pronto Pizza, Union House Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm
    Roll'd, Student Pavillion Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
    Saturday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
    Scholar & Co, Stop 1 (757 Swanston St) Monday to Friday 6am - 3pm
    Science Gallery Cafe, cnr Swanston and Grattan Streets Tuesday to Saturday - 11am - 5pm
    Standing Room, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design) Monday to Friday - 8am - 3pm
    Superfloor Cafe, Melbourne Connect, Mezzanine Superfloor Monday to Friday - 8:30am - 3:30pm
    University House (Professor's Walk) Monday and Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Wednesday to Friday 8:30am - 9:30pm
    University House (Woodward) Functions only
    Zambrero, Eastern Resource Centre Library Please contact operator
  • Southbank
    VenueOpening hours
    Betwixt Café and Bar, Building 877 (Sturt Street) Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 3pm
    Friday 8:30am - 8:30pm
    Little Black, Building 881 (St Kilda Road) Monday to Friday 6:30am - 2:30/3:30pm
    University House, Lionels Bar Monday to Thursday - 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Werribee
    VenueOpening hours
    Mr Ed Cafe, Building 418 Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm

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 drinks in disposable coffee cups that these must be disposed in the red landfill bins. For more information on correct waste disposal, including takeaway food packaging, visit Reduce, Re-use, Recycle


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