Community Life

Enrich your student experience by joining in with the many activities on offer.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week (formerly O-Week) starts the week before term begins and is a chance for all residents, new and current, to meet each other and for new residents to get settled in before term begins. It’s all about getting comfortable with your new home, meeting people and having fun.

During Welcome Week  you will be able to take part in a full week of events that includes practical activities to get you familiar with college life and the University, like tours and excursions, as well as social activities such as parties, movie and games nights.

Celebration Dinners

Medley Hall has four special formal College occasions every year: a Commencement Dinner marks the start of each semester, the end of Semester Farewell is held at the end of Semester One and the Valedictory Dinner farewells those leaving at the end of the year. The evenings usually begin with a performance by student  musicians and often there will be a guest speaker to address the College and engage in intellectual discussion.

Dinner Guests

Medley welcomes guests regularly at dinner including public figures, academics, authors and artists with expertise in areas as diverse as social justice, heath, music, sculpture and writing. Guests may give a short presentation or offer a talk after dinner on their area of interest.

Recital Series

Each year a series of music recitals is held to celebrate life at Medley Hall. Performances, which are open to the public and held in Benvenuta, are by young professional musicians and cover a varied repertoire.

Practical Skills-Building Classes

Residents are encouraged to join in with various activities that are organised throughout the year such as the book club, gardening, craft or relaxation yoga.

The Medley Ball

This annual event is organised by the Student Club for the whole College and friends and preceded by the College photograph which is taken in the Common Room.

Intercollegiate Activities

There are a number of other activities to get involved in that will connect you with the other colleges:

  • Intercollegiate sporting activities such as cross country, swimming and soccer
  • Intercollegiate soirees
  • Intercollegiate musical or plays
  • Battle of the bands
  • Writing competition
  • Art competition and exhibition
  • Theatre sports
  • Debating
  • Public speaking competition
  • Dinner Swaps
  • Social events, eg dance classes, chess and excursions


You are also encouraged to join the various sporting clubs of the University. A Melbourne University Sport fitness memberships is included in your accommodation fee which includes access to the gym, the 25 meter indoor heated pool and extensive group fitness program.