Community & Activities

Be part of a vibrant and academically rigorous community

We want to create a transformative graduate experience that equips you with the skills and connections to make a disproportionate difference in your chosen field.

Joining our community gives your the opportunity to live and work closely with others studying your degree, form close friendships and build a powerful network that will last beyond your time at College.

The personal and intellectual support our large and supportive community provides is invaluable. This is enhanced by a full calendar of activities and events that creates enriching collisions within our community.

Fast-track your professional development

Living at Ormond is the best way to learn at The University of Melbourne, advance your professional career and have a truly world-class experience.

Critical Mass

Ormond is the largest graduate community in a traditional residential college at the University of Melbourne. There are over 60 graduate students studying at Ormond. About one third of students are studying in the MD program, and another third in the JD program. The remaining students study across a wide range of coursework and research degrees. At this scale, there is a real positive energy as you work together to achieve your academic goals.

A Global Welcome

The University of Melbourne’s graduate programs attract talented students from around Australia and the world. Graduate students from ten nations and nearly every state and territory in Australia live at Ormond.

Every background brings a unique perspective: living together in a rich community of difference opens these learning experiences for everyone to share and take advantage of the rich collision of minds, ideas and perspectives.

A Distinct Graduate Voice

Graduate students are all members of the Middle Common Room (MCR) within Ormond. This is a great opportunity to exercise your management and leadership skills and play an active role in shaping the graduate community experience.

Student Leadership

Middle Common Room Committee

Middle Common Room Committee is the student-led College body that forges a unique voice and identity for graduate students within the Ormond College Students’ Club.

Led by an elected Committee of six students, the Committee organises social, cultural & sporting events and activities, and facilitates communication with the College’s leadership team.

They also work closely with the design of the major annual dinners just for graduates – Graduate Orientation Week and Graduate Invitation Dinner (special dinner for students and their mentors).

In addition to graduate-only activities, all events of the Ormond College Students’ Club (the incorporated Club for both undergraduate and graduate students of the College) are open to graduate members.


Sport brings the College together, whether it’s as part of a team or part of the supporting crowd.

Ormond fields at least one team in every intercollegiate sport as well as non-competitive activities, including athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, golf, hockey, netball, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and cross country.

Students also run an annual Ski Week held at the Ormond Ski Lodge at Mt Hotham.

Drama, Art & Music

Our students host the annual Ormond Art Show, a sketch club, the Drama Club which stages an annual play and a biennial musical, and regular poetry performance nights to name a few.

Our students also host regular Open Mic Night to encourage you to share you talents.

Special Interest

We have lots of student-led forums for you to explore and expand your perspective, including:

  • OrMa’am and OrMan: discussion groups to explore the issues facing genders in the 21st century.
  • Indigenous Subcommittee: facilitates and encourages discussion around indigenous issues both within Ormond, and in the wider community.
  • Sustainability Subcommittee: look in to ways our community can reduce our impact on the environment.
  • Debating Society: providing a stimulating learning environment for all Ormondians to express and develop our views on the world.
  • Lightbulb Movement: evenings for students to speak to the members of the Club about their passions, talents and interests.


Our publications include the Ormondian magazine, Ormond Chronicle documenting the year’s events and Ormond Papers an annual publication showcasing the best of our academic and creative work.

Student participation in writing, photography, editing and production of these publications is vital.

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