dance rehearsal space with wooden floors and a mirror

Des Connor Room

Union House Theatre’s Rehearsal Room Policy

*Please note that all rehearsal spaces are closed until further notice.

Who can book a rehearsal space?

  • UHT affiliated Student Theatre Groups
  • UMSU affiliated Clubs and Societies
  • University of Melbourne students

Priority of Bookings

  1. Union House Theatre
  2. UHT Affiliated Student Theatre Groups
  3. UMSU affiliated Clubs and Societies for the purpose of arts related activities (dance, theatre etc)
  4. University of Melbourne students. Examples of use might be: piano practice, monologue rehearsal, dance practice.


Affiliated student theatre groups and UMSU affiliated Clubs and Societies can book a space up to three weeks ahead for a maximum of 3 sessions per week (9 hours a week). 

Individual students can book a space up to 1 week in advance (4 hours a week).

All bookings have a maximum of 4 hours.

No food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed. No tap shoes or stiletto heels as they damage the parquetry floor. No smoking. The piano should not be moved without a staff member from Union House Theatre. We request that all users leave the room tidy after use. Failure to do so can result in a ban on all future bookings. Please let us know if you find the room untidy.

Room bookings are taken in good faith but may be subject to change. Groups will be notified by telephone 24 hours in advance if their booking has to be altered or cancelled.


Rehearsal rooms may not be used for commercial purposes. This means, groups cannot charge their members for participation in classes. If this is discovered to be happening the group will be banned from future bookings. Under no circumstances is the rehearsal room to be used to promote any external companies.


To access rehearsal spaces on the Resource Booker system you will first need to register using your University student username:

Once your registration has been processed, you will be able to login with your University student username and password:

Making a Booking in Resource Booker

There is a user guide and help form here:

All bookings can also be made in person (old school!) at the Union House Theatre Office, first floor, Union House.
During semester breaks bookings can be made by telephoning 8344 6975.

Accessibility Requirements

If you require assistance finding an accessible space or making a booking, contact Erin at:
uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or 8344 6975

Des Connor Room

The Des Connor Room (top image) is a rehearsal room situated above the Union Theatre in Union House. The entrance is outside Union House, on the concrete lawn side (East side). Enter the double white doors and take the stairs to the top (pictured above).

The Des Connor Room is decently sized (6m x 13m), has a mirrored wall, parquetry floor suitable for dance and a piano. The studio is available to University of Melbourne students at no charge for rehearsals, readings and auditions.

We regret that there is no lift access to the Des Connor Room. Several flights of stairs and no lift make disabled access to this space difficult. Please consider the 2nd and 3rd floor spaces in Union House as lift accessible alternatives.

Open Hours

Des Connor booking hours during semester times are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 7.30am-9pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11.30am-5pm

Des Connor booking hours during semester breaks are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday 7.30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday closed


Other Rehearsal Spaces

The 2nd and 3rd floor meeting rooms in Union House are also available for booking by Affiliated Student Theatre Groups online.

Currently, the rehearsal rooms Room 301 and 304 at 757 Swanston St are available for rehearsals on weeknights from 6:15-9:30pm and on weekends 9am-5pm (n.b you will need to use the back entrance to enter 757 Swanston St). We also have limited use of the Raymond Priestley Room in Union House.

Both 301 and 304 are  wheelchair accessible.

For further information, please contact 8344 6975 or email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au

University Room Bookings

Indoor university spaces (not in Union House) can be booked by affiliated groups through Resource Booker or via the University of Melbourne Venue Hire Student Club booking form.