Living and learning has always been synonymous with the academic experience at Peninsula Campus. In 1960, when the then Frankston Teachers College that occupied the site was in its infancy, a new student hostel was constructed.
This modern building was prominently located at the front entrance to the Campus grounds, adjacent to the new central teaching building. This allowed residents to almost tumble out of bed into their classrooms.
The three level, double winged building, became home to 120 of the education students undertaking their teacher training. In 1960, 80 females and 40 males enjoyed the seaside ambience, and combined their academic learning with many extra curricular activities in art, drama, sport and travel.
Once established, there was an even mix of male and female residents, segregated in the two wings. A live-in Supervisor and Security Supervisor ensured that no one crossed between the divide,and that all fraternisation occurred in the common rooms below.
The residence was self managed, with a large kitchen preparing all meals during the week, and catering staff doubling as cleaners.
Small kitchenettes were provided on the upper floors to assist with weekend meal preparation.
Due to the popularity of the teacher training course, and the opportunity to live close to the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, the rooms always filled quickly.
As the campus transitioned from the Frankston Teachers College to State College of Victoria (1974),to Chisholm Institute of TAFE (1983), and the Monash University Peninsula Campus (1990), the student hostel continued to host rural and interstate students keen to undertake the education, business, science, arts, art and design, nursing and information technology courses.
With the growing internationalisation of the Peninsula Campus through its business and network computing courses, the relocation of the main entrance to the Campus, the reality of its aging buildings, and the need to use the prime location for another purpose, the decision was made in 1994 to demolish the student hostel building.
In 1998 the new state-of-the-art Library building took its place to welcome students grandly to the Campus.
To fill the ongoing need for student accommodation, smaller houses and units were constructed or acquired through the period 1996 to 2010 bringing the current bed stock close to the original 120 beds. The newer accommodation provided a more strategic and mature approach to student accommodation through the integration with Monash Residential Services in 2000.
This type of accommodation perfectly suits the community lifestyle that students of the Campus aspire to whilst undertaking studies in nursing, education, paramedics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and business. Demand for the accommodation service, including exemplary resident support, engagement and development always exceeds demand.
Sixty years on, the quest to maximise the opportunity to live and learn at the Peninsula Campus continues, as domestic and international students enhance their academic studies with full engagement with the Monash University experience.
Mascot and flag
Peninsula Residential is known as the Peninsula Powerhouse. Our colours are blue, green, and white. We stand strongly behind our flag, and we hold our head up proudly, wearing our colours on special occasions and to support our fellow residents at sporting events.
Our live-in Residential Support Team (RST) offers guidance and support; they're dedicated to making sure you're comfortable with all aspects of campus life and you're included in the fun.
The RST provides academic-support programs, sporting, social and cultural events and they have arranged an events calendar packed with fun so you get all the fantastic social aspects of residential living, as well as your privacy.
If you’d like to live at Peninsula Residential and be part of our community, please apply here.