Exploring the Monash campuses

We visited the two main campuses, both in Melbourne. Clayton seems to be a bit smaller than Warwick, with less student accommodation apparent. The buildings are more closely placed, and generally taller than Warwick buildings. The buildings are designed to a high-tech aesthetic, and are clearly intended to make a statement.

The buildings are interconnected with a network of walkways, which are well signposted and given their own unique characteristics – such as Rainforest Walk. There are small gardens and many social spaces scattered around, along with a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Navigating Clayton is quite easy. Getting to the nearby Caulfield Campus took a while by bus, and then a return by taxi. The roads are busy, but not jammed in the morning. At Caulfied we visited the design school, which has a large multi-story building. On the ground floor there are maker-space styles workshops for students, with prototyping tools including laser cutters and 3D printers. Students are allowed to use these unsupervised and in their own time.