Destination Melbourne (DM) is a three day / two night residential pre-orientation program for undergraduate students who have been accepted into the University of Melbourne, principally from rural, regional and interstate areas, or schools that are under-represented at a tertiary level.

Applications for new undergraduate students now OPEN!

Want to attend Destination Melbourne?

Applications are strictly limited and are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible by clicking here!

Applications close on Wednesday 25th January at 5PM.


The program includes talks and panels on the services available from the University and the Student Union, as well as a variety of activities around campus and the city of Melbourne. This helps familiarise students with the social, academic and extracurricular features of university life. For students from rural, regional or isolated areas, this program also helps students learn to navigate the Parkville campus and areas around Melbourne. Activities run during the program include an Amazing Race around the Melbourne CBD, Scavenger hunts, a Gelato crawl and Trivia night.

Students are supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteer hosts, who are current University of Melbourne students with an extensive knowledge of the University, and are keen to pass on their experience to incoming undergraduate students. Attendees of the program also have the opportunity to meet students from not just their own faculty, but from different faculties as well. We believe that the social networks developed during the transition to university can greatly ease, what is often a daunting and difficult process.

In 2017, Destination Melbourne will be running on Monday 30th January to Wednesday 1st February.

The cost of this program is $230 per student. We also offer a small number of bursaries to students who may need support in order to fund their place in the program. Otherwise, if you have a sponsor who would like to fund your place in the place, please send us an email at hosts@union.unimelb.edu.au

Our history

Destination Melbourne first ran in 2009, as part of Transition & Orientation in the University’s Student Services Department, supported as part of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP). Since 2014, the University of Melbourne Student Union has taken over the administration of this program with the help of dedicated student volunteers.