Clubs and societies
La Trobe University has several large clubs and societies across all campuses, plus a huge variety of sport, recreational, academic, social and cultural clubs and various special interest groups, professional associations, and sporting clubs also provide a great opportunity for socialising and time-out from studies. And joining the Student Guild can provide even better access and cheaper membership to clubs and societies.
La Trobe has extensive sports facilities at its two largest campuses, Melbourne and Bendigo.
The Sports Centre at the Melbourne campus provides an indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, top-quality tennis courts, group exercise classes, basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor soccer, table tennis facilities as well as squash and badminton courts. Numerous programs are available ranging from yoga, Pilates to dancing (belly, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and ballroom), plus accredited first-aid training.
Arts and culture
Students have the opportunity to be creative through the visual arts, student theatre, live music and film. Across all campuses there are a range of arts and cultural activities such as indigenous events, the Student Theatre and Film group, on-campus art exhibition spaces and a sculpture park.
Food, beverage and retail
There's a big variety of cafés, restaurants, and retail outlets at the Melbourne campus. Check out this directory for all available options.
Music and entertainment
From barbeques (BBQs) to evening balls and student band competitions, La Trobe University has a fun and active campus community for everyone.
Make the most of your time at La Trobe! Our student trips take place throughout the year and are an affordable way to see the best of the country and make new friends at the same time.
Popular outings have included:
- Trips to Sydney and Canberra
- Historic goldfields in Bendigo and Ballarat
- Phillip Island Penguin Parade
- The Gold Coast in Queensland
- Camping in the Australian outback
You may also have opportunities to try sports such as skiing, surfing, rowing and mountaineering in the great outdoors.
Learn how to surf, meet new people and experience a great Australian tradition at stunning coastal locations. The Surf Club (S@lt) at La Trobe offers great weekend trips to locations such as the spectacular Great Ocean Road that includes one of the best-known surf beaches in the world, Bells Beach.
If you have never seen snow before, or if you would love to try skiing or snowboarding - or even if you have done it before - La Trobe University Snowsports Team arranges discounted trips to Australia's premier alpine resorts in Victoria. La Trobe also has use of a ski lodge in Mount Buller's alpine village.
La Trobe has its own rowing club. Established in 1968, the club has one of the newest and most extensive range of boats of any club in Melbourne. And, club members have access to boat sheds on the Yarra River, right in the centre of Melbourne city.
Campus facilities and services
Representing the Christian denominations, all campuses provide chaplains who offer support and nurturing to visitors. Chaplains can assist Christians with understanding and exploring their faith. The La Trobe Chaplaincy can help students join local churches, mosques, temples and synagogues and refer students to people of their own religious faith. Assistance is provided for Christian marriage preparation and weddings.
Muslim prayer facilities
Most campuses provide Muslim prayer facilities. The Melbourne campus has separate prayer rooms, ablution facilities for men and women, and congregational prayers are conducted during Friday lunchtimes. Regular prayer meetings are held in the Bendigo campus prayer room and a room for prayer is available on request at the Albury-Wodonga campus. Off-campus prayer sites are located within both the Mildura and Shepparton townships.
You can find your guide to on-campus Muslim facilities and halal food on this page.
La Trobe University recognises that personal, interpersonal and environmental factors affect learning. Counselling provides students with a safe place to creatively explore and address any problem that may be affecting their studies. Common concerns include transition to life in Australia, relationship difficulties, loss of motivation for studying, questions of identity and self-esteem, depression and anxiety, coping with disabilities or dealing with grief or loss. The counselling service is free, by appointment, and confidential. For more information click here.
Equality and diversity centre
The principal role of the La Trobe Equality and Diversity Centre (EDC) is to promote full and equal participation for all students and staff of La Trobe University and to foster an environment free of discrimination and harassment. It aims to promote the principles inherent in international, national and state legislation related to human rights, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity. Support is available to students who have a disability, mental health issue or a medical condition. Services are provided for students with hearing impairments. Assistance varies according to the individual needs of students following an evaluation with a Disability Liaison Officer. For more information click here.
Childcare facilities providing both full-time and sessional care are available on or nearby most La Trobe campuses. Check out the list of facilities.
Study and learning support
The La Trobe University Library is a major academic library and the gateway to scholarly information for students. For students on campus it is a central meeting place, a busy hub of campus life. And what if the text book or resource you need is at another campus? The Library operates as one across all six campuses - students can access resources of the whole library network, plus obtain online resources anywhere, anytime. The La Trobe University Library now has WebPages with specific information for new international students (on-campus, off-campus or off-shore) to help with using services and resources effectively. For more information click here.
The Library has an extensive collection of more than 2 million print and digital items including books, journals, international newspapers, audiovisual materials and academic journal article databases. Access to scholarly digital resources continues to expand rapidly, providing students with the most relevant, current and easily accessible information. Campus libraries provide a wide range of facilities and services including computer workstations, wireless internet access, student training sessions on research and information skills and friendly professional librarians to help find the best resources.
The Borchardt Library at Melbourne is the main library in the network with services and resources covering three levels in one of the largest buildings on the campus, including more than 300 computer workstations, printing, copying and group or quiet study areas. A major redevelopment project in 2010 added 850 seats and new, technology-enabled study facilities creating a more contemporary and flexible library space.
IT services and resources
La Trobe University has wireless internet access at each campus. All campuses have computer halls for students, and services for teaching and research activities. Facilities are kept up-to-date and many forms of training and support are provided. Lectures are captured into audio or audio/video streams - to be reviewed by students in their own time - and lecture notes are often posted on LMS (Learning Management System, formerly WebCT) after each lecture for review.
Once students have enrolled at La Trobe, they are provided with a free email account for the duration of their enrolment. Students have free access to computer-based training in IT skills through a globally-recognised competency standard endorsed by the Australian Computer Society.