Located within the main campus of the University of Melbourne,
and just twenty minutes' walk from the centre of Melbourne.

Full of history and charm, Janet Clarke Hall provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which to stay.

Janet Clarke Hall is surrounded by park lands, and close to a range of social, cultural and sporting sites.


Built in 1886, Janet Clarke Hall is a magnificent heritage-listed building with a impressive stone archways, a massive formal dining hall and an attractive, cloistered courtyard garden. The architecture is amongst the most beautiful within the University.

JCH College Heritage


The college has 96 beautiful and spacious furnished bedrooms. Each privately locked bedroom is equipped with a study desk, chair and ample cupboard space. All rooms have broadband internet, wireless and phone access and many bedrooms also have open fireplaces for personal use.

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Students can expect three high-quality meals a day as well as the option of packed and late meals, afternoon tea and supper, with vegetarian options and due-diligence paid to any other dietary requirements. Formal (High-table) three-course meals are a part of our tradition and occur every Monday and Thursday in our beautiful dining hall.

JCH College Dining Hall

Pantries and other cooking facilities

Students have access to pantries with fridges, microwaves and convection ovens for storing and preparing their own food if they wish.


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The modern library features textbooks relevant to all university courses as well as a growing collection of contemporary fiction novels and various magazine subscriptions. It is open 24/7 and offers free computer access, and a dedicated online catalogue for searching, ordering and borrowing books. Also available for student use is a professional A3 scanner/photocopier/printer.

Tutorial and study rooms

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Students can take advantage of 24hour access to Tutorial and Study rooms which form a part of our extended library.

Music rooms

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There are several dedicated music practice rooms with four pianos including a Kawai concert grand piano.

Common Rooms

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Common rooms are provided within which students can relax, watch TV or play games, including Billiards and Table Tennis. Vending machines are available for late-night snacks.


Wireless internet is provided throughout the college. Free access is granted to university websites. Support is provided free of charge 24/7 by telephone or online chat. In addition to the wireless access, wired access is provided in each of the bedrooms.

Gym & Sports

Janet Clarke Hall has the best sports facilities on campus; free access for JCH students is granted to Melbourne University Sports Facilities including Gym, Pool and Fitness Classes, as well as the use of Janet Clarke Hall's own outdoor tennis court and basketball court. The College also participates competitively in a number of inter-college sports including soccer, hockey and billiards.

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Grounds & Carpark

Janet Clarke Hall's grounds feature a lovely courtyard garden and rooftop garden spaces in which students can often enjoy their meals. The building and gated-carpark are secured with electronic security.

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Laundry facilities

Laundry facilities are available free of charge, with washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards all available for student use.


Janet Clarke Hall shares a beautiful College Chapel with Trinity College. Students are welcome to attend services of worship and share in the life of the magnificent Chapel, or use the space for quiet contemplation and reflection in their own time.

Shops, cafes and cinemas

Janet Clarke Hall is walking distance to the very popular Lygon Street which contains hundreds of retail shops, cafes, restaurants, bookshops and cinemas. The College is also five minutes by tram into the centre of Melbourne city.


Janet Clarke Hall is located a short walk to the 96 acre Princes Park. This popular park features ovals, a football stadium and the Capital City Trail which allows cyclists to circle Melbourne City on a safe bike track.