“Well, one of the nice things, of course, about a redevelopment, a refurbishment sort of expansion, painting on a bigger canvas, is that sort of many more would be able to enjoy the experience I had. And if in 50 years from now, they can look back and say “Well, what an experience that was”, exactly as I think about my memories of Graduate House, then it will have been a good thing. The world will be a richer place, with more people who’ve had the same experience that I had at Graduate House as the launching pad for their career.”
-Graham Mitchell, Life Member, Graduate Union.
– 11 upper floors and 5 basements
– 136 ensuite residential accommodation rooms
– a large café opening onto Grattan Street
– larger resident-only rest and recreation spaces
– function and meeting spaces including a fixed theatrette and editing suite
– basement gym, car parking and bicycle racks
View the plans and elevations for this project here.
With the Diamond Jubilee Fundraising and development of our premises, we are the perfect platform to meet the demand of the increasing post-graduate population for accommodation with cutting-edge meeting and communal areas, and spaces promoting intellectual lifestyles whilst encapsulating the essence of Melbourne.
As the sole residential college and meeting place for post graduate and academics in Victoria, The Graduate House currently has a long waiting list with many graduates being unfortunately turned away and resorting to isolated student accommodation further away from their education institutions, adversely affecting what is already an extremely challenging phase of life. With statistics indicating an increase in the number of post graduate students in Melbourne, the redevelopment of our College provides the perfect platform to accommodate this increasing need and will benefit students, businesses and the community. Our location is ideal as it is central to Melbourne’s academic precinct and situated between two of Melbourne’s prominent universities. Read more on why the Graduate House should be developed and the benefits it adds to the community.
What is the Graduate Union?
The Graduate Union is a world-wide collegiate of graduates who promote life-long learning by conscientiously working together across cultures, disciplines and life stages to promote the application of education for social good. The meeting place, 'Graduate House' offers residency to graduate students, professors and academics in Melbourne, Australia. Graduate House is not just a residential college, but a meeting place for academics to pursue excellence in career development and research.
We also offer economical high-quality meeting and function services to allow charities and the non-profit sector, as well as Universities and Government departments to convene gatherings that contribute both to education and social good.
As the only solely postgraduate college in Victoria suited to the needs of the postgraduate student, Graduate House has long waiting lists and is unable in its current form, to meet the market demands of postgraduate collegiate accommodation.
“Graduate House is not just about academics; it’s about interacting with people, it’s about personal and professional development. You can be sitting next to anyone: fellow students, a professor from the university or an industry professional. So, interacting with all of these people, you learn so much.”
-Nouman Daud, Current Resident, Graduate House.
The Diamond Jubilee Redevelopment will double our provision of a mature, supportive and safe collegiate environment for postgraduate students and visiting academics.
We are calling for champions of learning to pledge their support and help us achieve this goal by donating now.
Our Diamond Jubilee Campaign is about addressing the transformation of education with the necessary support systems. For the fortunate graduates who live at Graduate house, negative situational factors are greatly minimised through inclusiveness and the provision of healthy meals, utilities and amenities. Graduate House provides postgraduate students with a unique and appropriately balanced lifestyle customised to their distinctive needs.
Why develop Graduate House?
There has been a shift in the education sector with Universities around the world advocating for an undergraduate program with advanced courses taught in a Masters degree or a PhD. This has led to a dramatic increase in the number of postgraduate students in Australia, with over 20,000 postgraduate students enrolled each year at The University of Melbourne, approximating 51% of the total number of students enrolled. 27.3% of all university students in Australia are postgraduate students, and this is expected to increase.
“I think where Graduate House really helps the world – changes the world – is by allowing students to achieve their best while they’re spending time at universities around Melbourne, such as Melbourne University. Graduate House is only going to grow in size as the Australian education sector grows. So it’s really a natural development – things can’t stay the same, they must change. But it’s really the building blocks for both Graduate House and the students and the visitors and the guests that will stay in the long-term.”
-Callum McNair, Past Resident, Graduate House.
Despite the overwhelmingly large number of postgraduate students in Australian Universities, almost all accommodation options are primarily for undergraduates. Colleges that cater to dual accommodation face challenges in managing these two groups, as their priorities, needs and experiences differ considerably. By 2016, it was predicted that 1,622 to 3,213 Melbourne University students needing accommodation will not be accommodated nearby, of which ~50% will be graduates.
The Graduate House currently has a long waiting list with many graduates being unfortunately turned away and resorting to isolated student accommodation further away from their education institutions. This can result in many negative situational factors which adversely affect students in what is already an extremely challenging phase of life.
The Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne has incomparable experience at serving the distinctive needs of postgraduates for more than 50 years. Our location is ideal as it is central to Melbourne’s academic precinct and situated between two of Melbourne’s prominent universities. We are also in proximity to the future Parkville station, which may later incorporate the proposed Melbourne Airport rail link as part of its service.
With the Diamond Jubilee Fundraising and development of our premises, we are the perfect platform to meet this demand of increasing post-graduate accommodation with cutting-edge meeting and communal areas, and spaces promoting intellectual lifestyles whilst encapsulating the essence of Melbourne.
Benefits of development
As a not-for profit organisation, the Graduate Union seeks to attain as much impact from its activities and fundraising as possible.
“Throughout living at Graduate House, it has been really great because it was a place for me to collaborate with people from my field and also with other people from different fields – just learning about general knowledge. It’ll be so exciting to see Graduate House expand in the future because there will be more space for people from different parts of the world to all come and collaborate together and maybe even solve some of the world’s problems.”
-Roza, past resident, Graduate House.
Benefits for Australia, businesses and the community:
- Provision of state-of-the-art, inclusive collegiate accommodation for this currently under-served group will further the reputation of Australia’s education sector, provide postgraduates with the safe and welcoming experience they deserve, and create an abundant onward flow to local and interstate businesses.
- Providing supportive infrastructure to the growing international postgraduate populace will be important in maintaining and improving education as Australia’s third largest export.There is an inextricable link between communities and surrounding businesses, with evidence showing that the two can reinforce each other through cooperation and good will.
- Creates an ongoing connection with university life, providing important links across generations, disciplines, ethnicities, community and business. These links provide jobs and career development opportunities, which are increasingly important indicators of the success of a university education and its research output.
“I would recommend Graduate House to others because there’s a place that not only has the facilities, the service is amazing but also it’s a place where they gather, many other people gather to just collaborate and keep learning and growing. So I think that it’s the place to have meetings and the organisation also cares about solving the world’s issues and you can sense that feeling of support and interest in what you come and do here and what you talk about.”
- Ligia Veliz, current resident, Graduate House.
Benefit for students:
- A percentage of revenue generated from accommodation, after the development, will be fed into endowments to provide scholarships and bursaries to postgraduate students. This fundraising campaign enables the creation of gifts in perpetuity.
- The campaign addresses the transformation of education with the necessary support systems.
- Negative situational factors are greatly minimised through inclusiveness and the provision of healthy meals, utilities and amenities. Graduate House provides postgraduate students with a unique and appropriate balanced lifestyle customised to their distinctive needs.
- The design encourages both individualism and collectivism, which is ideal for postgraduates. It also fosters sufficient inclusion to beat isolation and eliminate negative situational factors, the number one reason for early departure from study according to a QILT survey (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching).
So I think Graduate House does prepare you for the real world because again, you get to see people from different walks of life and different fields and again, they have conferences and they help us out with real stuff. I’ve met some very amazing people who are doing amazing things, everybody’s doing a PhD or a Masters and they’re very knowledgeable in their own field. It’s also motivational in a sense because you see everyone around you working so hard and, you know, trying to be the best in their field. And it really helps you get going and, you know, it gives you a reason to get up and just be better at what you do. So it really has helped me grow as a person and become a better person in general.
- Shubham Rawal, current resident, Graduate House.
By donating today, you are increasing our ability to nurture and attend to the well-being of a greater number of postgraduate students, minimising negative situational factors that can lead to depression and early departure from study. And yet you are contributing to more than just the well-being of a select few. Whilst postgraduate students are ‘lone wolves’ during their study years, they go on to become the world’s pioneers and leaders in innovation, often improving quality of life for all of us. By donating, you are enhancing their support systems and hence increasing their chances of success.
All donations to Graduate House are tax deductible.
You can read more about the Diamond Jubilee Fundraising Campaign on the Graduate Union Website.