Farrer Hall

At Farrer Hall we are a family. We study hard, we go to and compete at everything we can, we make friends for life and take care of each other. We make sure that there is no Ferret left behind!

Farrer Hall is one of the foundation halls at Monash University with its initial intake in May 1965. It comprises two separate three-storey buildings - 'Commons' and 'Lords' and is home to 201 students.

Check out the map showing the location of Farrer Hall on campus.

Farrer Hall Virtual Tour

Let a resident of Farrer Hall show you around! Check out the layout of the hall, the common spaces and other communal areas, and see inside a bedroom all while gaining insights from residents about what its like to live in the hall.

201 residents
5 floors
16 washers
16 dryers
14 - 20 bathrooms8 - 12 kitchensAccessible rooms

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Your room

You'll have your own carpeted room with:

  • A king single bed
  • Desk and chair
  • VOIP telephone and 1GB/sec internet access
  • Wardrobe and drawers
  • Online TV streaming (with access to 30 channels)
  • Heating
  • Desk fan
  • Smoke alarm, automatic sprinkler, and locks on every door and window
  • Clothes airer (drying rack)

Shared facilities

As well as your room, you will have access to the shared facilities of Farrer Hall:

  • Common room
  • Study rooms/library
  • Games room
  • Music rehearsal room
  • Outdoor BBQ area
  • Veggie Gardens

As part of the campus, MRS is supported by the University's security services, with security assistance on hand 24/7 - but we also have dedicated ‘MRS’ services personnel on site each night at Clayton to assist all residents and to ensure safety and security. Here are some of the other ways we keep everyone safe:

  • MRS is part of the University Respect Now Always initiative and mobile app.
  • Only residents have access to their hall (via proxy card or security key access)
  • All rooms have their own lock for added privacy
  • All halls and rooms have smoke alarms and fire-safety equipment which are checked regularly
  • On-Campus Security personnel can escort you to your residence if you’re returning late at night - and security staff are based in or close to the residences
  • We run fire safety inductions and regular drills
  • Our Residential Support Teams are made up of senior Monash University staff and student leaders who live in each hall to support each resident. They are trained to understand the special needs of younger students living away from home for the first time.
  • Residential Support Team members have first-aid training, mental health first-aid training and all are required to have a Working With Children Check.

A safe environment requires cooperation from everyone in the residential community, which is why our Conditions of Residency includes a number of security initiatives and responsibilities.

Mascot and flag

Farrer Hall's mascot is Cedric the Ferret and our colours are green and black. As the ferrets of Farrer Hall, we proudly wear these colours on special occasions and to support our fellow ferrets at sporting events.

Residential Support Team Officers

Our live-in Residential Support Team Officers (RSTO) offer 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.

Pricing and application

See pricing of accommodation.

If you'd like to live at Farrer Hall and be part of our community, please apply here.

Farrer Hall's history

William Farrer 
1845 - 1906

Farrer Hall is named in honour and recognition of William Farrer who was a leading Australian agronomist and plant breeder.

William James Farrer (3 April 1845 - 16 April 1906) was a leading Australian agronomist and plant breeder. William Farrer is best remembered as the originator of the "Federation" strain of wheat, distributed in 1903. His work resulted in significant improvements in both the quality  and crop yields of Australia's national wheat harvest, a contribution for which he earned the title 'father of the Australian wheat industry'.

In addition to Farrer Hall at Monash University which was named in his honour in 1964, a suburb and a primary school in Canberra have been named  in his honour. An Australian electoral division has been named after him, and Farrer was also remembered on the reverse of the Australian  two  dollar  bank  note  issued  in  1966  (now withdrawn). A specialist agricultural  high school (Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, Tamworth NSW) was named in his honour and continues to provide specialist agricultural education. William Farrer is also remembered in Wagga Wagga with the Farrer Hotel and the Farrer Football League (Australian  rules football).

One of the most remarkable things about his success was the very simple goal he set himself "to produce a good loaf of bread".

Source: Wikipedia

Further information on William Farrer can be found at:

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