Pre-Conference Study Tour

The pre-conference Study Tour for the 2017 AACUHO Conference 'hits the road' from Wednesday 3 May and will tour a number of Melbourne accommodation facilities and local attractions, before a journey across Bass Strait on board the Spirit of Tasmania, arriving in the ‘Apple Isle’ on Saturday 6 May for a two day tour of the island state, before arriving in Hobart for the conference proper.

The tour will continue in Hobart on Monday 8 May, and incorporate the traditional half day study tour, with visits to student accommodation facilities as well as local tourist attractions.

A fantastic opportunity to meet fellow delegates prior to the conference and get a feel for the residential arena in Australia prior to the conference.

All transport, accommodation and most meals are provided along with tours of campus accommodation and many recreational and cultural activities along the way.

Some comments from previous study tour participants:
"First, I cannot thank you enough for organising this tour.  It was amazing.  Coming with a US perspective, I learned a lot!   Some of what I learned were about programmatic offerings that we will consider implementing.  Some were large-scale operational and philosophical ideas that caused me to consider fundamental shifts in how we think.  Bottom line, I had enumerable take-a-ways!"

"This tour had by far the most time to just relax and chat both with the group and the host institutions. That was really good with a lot of insight. Previous tours had almost too many formal tour checkpoints."

"The campus visits were really beneficial and it was great to be able to have in depth discussions with both staff and student leaders at these."

(Note: Itinerary is subject to change)

Date Activity Overnight Meals included
3 May 

Meet & greet from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Deakin Residential Services, Burwood

Deakin University opened its doors in 1974 from the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, located at the gateway of the south west coast of Victoria and on-campus accommodation (residences) started with it.

As Deakin has grown so has residences. Deakin in its short life span is now a 5 star university* which is currently ranked in the top 2% of Universities in the world** with over 55000 students studying from 5 campuses (one being the cloud). With this growth, residences has now followed suit having more than doubled the number of beds available to students between 2011 to February 2017.

Accommodation is now available at each campus of Deakin with numbers of beds being: 347 in Warrnambool, 804 in Geelong Waurn Ponds, 33 in Geelong City Waterfront and 1,175 in Melbourne Burwood, with our latest project a new 410 bed development starting in the Geelong Waterfront in 2017.

All students have their own private bedroom but have a choice between studio apartments, shared apartments or larger units with everything included (eg. laundry, wifi, utilities) in the weekly rent charge, excluding food (all accommodation is self-catering).

Since 2013 Deakin Residential Services now operates has a wholly owned not for profit subsidiary of Deakin which allows a responsiveness to all areas of our operation with our own staff undertaking work in: Campus and student life, Finance and administration, Reception and customer service, Maintenance and cleaning, Marketing and communications, Business systems and contracts, with General Managers overseeing each campus operation.

Deakin Residential Services' CEO is also the current AACUHO President and has overseen some significant developments in our short history which have included: our first 10 year strategic plan, the development of our own phone APP (‘DRS guidebook’), and the launch of the ‘RESPECT’ community values for students who live on campus at Deakin University.

Deakin looks forward to hosting you in May 2017 for the AACUHO annual conference study tour and invite you to stay in our brand new building at the Melbourne (Burwood) campus.






Deakin, Burwood











4 May 

Tour of Deakin Residential Services new facility at Burwood in the morning. 

In the afternoon we visit Monash Residential Services’ on-campus accommodation at the University’s Clayton campus, where a vibrant and diverse community is supported by a wide range of accommodation options, be it modern, self-contained single occupancy studio apartments in the Urban Community, single rooms with shared facilities in a more traditional hall of residence in MRS’ Residential Village, or shared apartment style accommodation options for those wanting a little more privacy and independence.  With 1,000 new beds opening in January 2016, residents at MRS’ accommodation now total over 3,000.  Resident support, engagement and development programs actively encourage residents to feel at home in a safe and secure community, filled with social and leadership opportunities, and loads of fun.

From Monash, we will travel to Melbourne city for sight-seeing and dinner, before returning to Deakin for our overnight stay




Deakin, Burwood










5 May

After Breakfast the tour will travel into the CBD to tour some of the college facilities before transit to the ferry for the overnight trip to Tasmania.

CBD Visits

Queen's College, Melbourne University

Urbanest - urbanest accommodation is purpose built with students in mind, so they have everything they need to thrive in their studies.

• Close to universities, transport and amenities
• Furnished rooms and apartments with air conditioning/heating
• Wireless internet throughout all our buildings
• 24/7 dedicated onsite team and swipe card access
• Superb communal facilities
• Support upon arrival with a property induction and welcome events
• uLife – our community support and engagement program that’s free for all urbanest residents

urbanest Melbourne Central is located in the heart of Melbourne; a 6 minute walk to RMIT, a 10 minute walk to Monash University City Campus and a quick 10 minute tram ride to the University of Melbourne.

Access all areas of Melbourne with universities, transport (one block from Melbourne Central Railway Station and Shopping Centre), public gardens and shopping hubs on your doorstep.

CLV Student Village, University of Melbourne Campus


Following these visits, we make our way to the Spirit of Tasmania, for our overnight sailing to Devonport, Tasmania.










Spirit of Tasmania














6 May

On arrival in Devonport, bright and early the tour will stop for breakfast before making it's way to Launceston and a tour of University of Tasmania's student accommodation facilities. (Delegates wishing to join the tour in Tasmania can meet us in Devonport or Launceston - see price below).

The afternoon will provide an opportunity for the group to have some free time to explore the city of Launceston before meeting back up for a group dinner.


Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston





7 May

After breakfast the tour will make its way to Hobart, taking in the sights along the way.

A stop for lunch at a winery restaurant in the Coal Valley will provide delegates with a taste of the gourmet food and wine from the region.

Following lunch we travel to the Hotel Grand Chancellor, our conference venue.  Included in this tour is the one day tour of Hobart the following day, Monday 8 May.  Delegates will need to book accommodation in Hobart with their conference accommodation.


Delegates to source own accommodation




8 May

We will be joined by participants in the one day Hobart tour this morning, which will include visits to University of Tasmania's Hobart residences, as well as some sightseeing.

The tour will return to the Hotel Grand Chancellor by 3:00pm, in time for the Conference Welcome Reception.





Study Tour Registration options and prices

Pre-Conference Study Tour 3-8 May (Victoria/Tasmania) $1,200
Pre- Conference Study Tour 6-8 May (Tasmania Only) $700
Pre- Conference Study Tour 8 May (Hobart Only) $120

Registration for the optional study tour is part of the conference registration process.
Prices include GST