Turner Hall

Nestled in the middle of multiple sports facilities, Turner Hall offers an inclusive community that is a home away from home for all who live there.

Turner Hall is a modern five storey high building which is divided into two wings and accommodates 250 residents. There are 8 accessible rooms in Turner Hall and general accessibility features have been incorporated throughout the building.

The Urban Community Administration Office is located on the Ground Floor of Turner Hall.

Check out the map showing the location of Turner Hall.

Turner Hall Virtual Tour

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

250 residents
5 floors
13 washers
13 dryers
Accessible rooms
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Your Room

You'll have your own 20sqm room with:

  • A king single bed and bedside table
  • A built-in desk, chair and shelving
  • VOIP telephone and 1GB/sec internet access
  • A kitchen area with a microwave, two hot plates, overhead fan, 250 litre refrigerator, sink, bench space and pantry
  • Fully equipped en-suite bathroom
  • Wardrobe and drawers
  • Hydronic heating and overhead fan
  • Smoke alarm, automatic sprinkler, locks on all doors and windows
  • Clothes airer (drying rack)
Shared Facilities

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

  • Common Room
  • Floor Lounges on each floor
  • Games Room
  • Table tennis and Pool Tables
  • Music Rehearsal Rooms
  • Outdoor BBQ area & Veggie Garden

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.

Respect Now

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

The mascot for Turner Hall is the Tiger. The Turner hall tigers are formidable opponents in any competition and we often wear our orange and black colours as we roar to victory at sporting and social events.

Residential Support Team

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.

Turner Hall's history

Associate Professor Ian Turner photograph

Turner Hall is named in honour and recognition of Associate Professor Ian Turner.

Associate Professor Ian Turner (1922 - 1978) was an historian and political activist, who brought to his teaching at Monash University in the 1960s and 1970s a great passion for his country and its art, literature and landscape.

Following schooling at Nhill State School and on a scholarship at Geelong College, he undertook undergraduate study in law and arts at The University of Melbourne. His studies were interrupted by military service in World War II, during which he worked as a driver in Queensland and New Guinea, and in the Australian Army Education Service until his discharge in 1945.

Returning to his university studies, Associate Professor Turner embraced the radical nationalist tradition and became a member of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). In 1949, he was made secretary of the Australian Peace Council, organising anti-war conferences in Australia and attending similar events in Europe, until the CPA directed him to gain "proletarian industrial experience".

In response, he became a railway cleaner and was elected an official in the Australian Railways Union. His opposition to the Soviet Union's suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 led to his expulsion from the CPA.

Associate Professor Turner graduated PhD at the Australian National University. His thesis examined the dynamics of the labour movement in eastern Australia in 1900 - 21 and provided the foundation for his most substantial book, 'Industrial Labour and Politics' (1965), and its offshoot, 'Sydney's Burning' (1967). In 1964, he moved to Monash University where he distinguished himself as an original, brilliant and inspiring teacher of Australian history and an outstanding supervisor of honours and postgraduate students. His humorous annual Ron Barassi Memorial Lecture in Grand Final Week was a campus highlight. In 1969, he was appointed an associate professor, later publishing 'In Union is Strength' (1976) and numerous articles.

By 1970, he was a leader in the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party and reportedly used his negotiating skills to help prevent a split in the state branch following federal intervention that year.

A lover of jazz and modern art, Associate Professor Turner regularly conducted a salon at his Richmond home where artists, writers, musicians, students and politicians gathered to enjoy the company of this outgoing, yet sometimes enigmatic, "everyman's academic".


  • D. B. Waterson, 'Turner, Ian Alexander (1922-1978)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 16, MUP, 2002
  • Graeme Davison and Kate Murphy, 'University Unlimited - The Monash Story', Allen & Unwin, 2012
  • Monash University Archives

Photograph: Monash University Archives, IN877; photographer - Herve Alleaume

Pricing and application

See pricing of accommodation.

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

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