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Student Activities

A wide range of student activities are on offer at the residential college, allowing students to explore all areas of their interests and potential. From sports and arts, through to clubs and committees, life at college is all about creating fun and lasting memories.

The philosophy of our students is very much one of ‘having a go’: making UC the perfect place to get amongst it and try something new.              

Welcome SundayThree students moving in college with their luggage on trolleys.

Orientation Week starts with ‘Welcome Sunday’, where current UC students help you move into your new student accomodation room and home. That kicks off a week of exciting activities to help orientate everyone around campus, ensuring you swiftly make new friends and familiarise yourself with the city of Melbourne.

Please note that in 2020 the move in date will be a Saturday due to a timetable change at Melbourne University. 

“The college year is jam-packed with sports events, intercollegiate events, carnivals, performances and competitions. So I’m able to get involved whenever and wherever I like across a range of areas. The opportunities are endless.”

Mallory, Graduate Student

Art & Design

UC has a strong association with music and the arts. There are plenty of opportunities to perform throughout the year, with students encouraged to get involved in activities such as:

  • Musical soirees
  • The annual Battle of the Bands Competition 
  • ‘Pleasant Friday Afternoons’ – where students express their musical talent in a more relaxed environment with peers
  • Annual theatre production – students take to the stage (or backstage!) to put on a show open to the public
  • Art and Design Week – an exhibition showcasing the creative talents of UC within categories such as visual art, design, photography and creative writing 

There are music rehearsal spaces throughout the college and a dedicated art and design studio equipped with iMacs (featuring the Adobe Creative Suite), a large scale printer, and work benches big enough for making models and art projects. 

Social Activities 

Living at a residential college is an exciting time that gives you the opportunity to meet new people. This contributes to an environment where social activities are never in short supply. Activities and events include:

Battle of the Bands 2019
  • UC Ball
  • Commencement Dinner
  • The Step Up Dance Competition
  • Trivia nights 
  • Boat cruise
  • Film club
  • Valedictory Dinner
  • Sports and Arts Ball and more.


College provides students with the opportunity to try a number of sports. Each college has their own teams, which compete against each other throughout the year, creating a good opportunity to meet people from surrounding residential colleges.

Even if sport isn’t your thing, the supporting role is considered just as important, and UC students are known for showing up in droves to support the various teams.
Sports on offer include:

  • Cricket
  • Squash
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Badminton/Volleyball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Quidditch
  • Chooty (Chick’s Footy)

Intercollegiate Activities

ICAC Trivia Night
ICAC Trivia Night

The Intercollegiate Activities Council offers a myriad of student activities and opportunities to meet people from other colleges and expand peer networks outside of UC. All University of Melbourne colleges take part in intercollegiate sports and arts events throughout the college year. There are a great number of activities and events available to students including:

  • Battle of the Bands
  • The Step Up Dance Competition
  • Debating/Public Speaking
  • Trivia Nights
  • Theatre Sports
  • Intercollegiate Musical
  • Pool and Darts Competition

Academic Events

Alongside all of these fun student activities, University College also prides itself on an extensive learning program for students. A varied calendar of academic events are held throughout the year. These include regular tutorial support, networking dinners, professional development workshops and intern opportunities.

Student Leadership

There are also numerous leadership roles available at college. The University College Student Club is an incorporated association that includes all student residents as members. The Student Club is led by an executive, and aims to ensure that UC students have a truly extraordinary experience during their time in Melbourne.

Student exec and staff 2019
Student executive and staff 2019

Each year the executive is elected by the student body. Executive team roles include a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as Social Secretaries, Sports Representatives, an Equity Representative and an Intercollegiate Representative. These roles give students an opportunity to represent their student body and shape the kind of environment they want to live in.

Other voluntary roles include our music rep, merch rep, student photographers and more; so whatever your area of interest there will be a leadership role for you!

Our Sustainability Committee and Wellbeing Committee give students further opportunities to explore social responsibility and work together towards developing practical solutions to issues. One of their most recent initiatives the implementation of a composting system.


How do I find out about student activities and events?

You can find out about all events on the UC Facebook group (closed group just for students) and at weekly High Tables.

How to I sign up to student activities?

Our Student Club leaders will let you know the sign-up process (if there is one) when they advertise the event. Otherwise just show up and get involved!

Who runs the student activities?

Our Student Club runs the activities and events around UC.

Do student activities cost extra?

No, they don’t. The Student Club fee you pay at the start of the year will cover all the activities throughout the year. There are instances where additional costs for events apply, such as purchasing a ticket to the annual UC Ball.

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