Peninsula Studio Apartments

Gillies Hall

We are excited to showcase our studio apartments in Australia's first student accommodation built to passive house standards.

With 150 fully furnished self-contained studio apartments built over 5 levels, Gillies Hall is the focus of residential communal life at the campus.

Gillies Hall has generous communal facilities including common rooms, games room with pool table and table tennis table, music room and floor lounges.

Gillies Hall brings to the Peninsula campus the MRS quality and standard for studio accommodation.

Check out the map showing the location of Gillies Hall.

Nearby amenities

All rooms are within walking distance of the campus centre amenities and sports complex. You also have Frankston Hospital, local beaches, community sporting facilities including PARC aquatic centre and a variety of shopping centres nearby.

Public transport

The free University shuttle bus runs between Peninsula and Clayton campuses and there are a number of public transport options available.

Gillies Hall Virtual Tour

Let a resident of Gillies 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.


150 residents
6 floors
8 washers
9 dryers
Accessible rooms

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Your Room

  • King- single bed and bedside table
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Fridge
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Desk, shelves and chair
  • Wardrobe and drawers
  • Small dining table and seating
  • VOIP handset and high-speed internet
  • Passive house design

Shared Facilities

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

  • Common rooms
  • Games room
  • Bike storage
  • Music rehearsal room
  • Floor lounges (1 per floor)
  • Outdoor BBQ area
  • Laundry

As part of the campus, MRS is supported by the University's security services, with security assistance on hand 24/7.

  • 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
  • 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

Peninsula Residential is known as the Peninsula Panthers.

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.

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.

Gillies Hall History

Doctor Maxwell Irvine Gillies AM
Born 16 November 1941

Gillies Hall is named in honour and recognition of Doctor Max Gillies AM

Dr Max Gillies AM is an iconic Australian satirist, actor and director with over five decades of theatre, television and film experience. A Monash alumnus, Dr Gillies is known as a mentor to young actors and performers at Monash University.

Dr Gillies is best known for satirical impressions of well-known political figures, writers and television personalities since 1970. A prime time figure on the ABC television network, he featured in popular television series ‘The Gillies Report’ (1984–85), ‘Gillies Republic’ (1986) and ‘Gillies and Company’ (1992). He is renowned for his characterisations of former Australian prime ministers Bob Hawke and Robert Menzies, Australian politicians Alexander Downer and Amanda Vanstone, former premiers Neville Wran and Joh Bjelke-Petersen, and Australian writers Phillip Adams and Geoffrey Blainey.

He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990 for service to the performing arts.

Dr Gillies studied as an undergraduate at Monash University, and has been recognised for his career achievements with a Distinguished Alumni Award (1997) and the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa (2015), the University’s highest honour.

Before graduating at Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts (Education) in 1968, Dr Gillies  attended Frankston Teachers’ College in 1960–61, graduating with a Primary Teacher Training Certificate. Frankston Teachers’ College became Monash University Peninsula campus in 1990. Prior to that it was the State College of Victoria (1974–82) and the Chisholm Institute of Technology (1982–90).

Growing up with a passion for drama and the arts, he taught drama and history at the Secondary Teachers College at Melbourne University following his graduation from Monash. By the late 1960s drama was the largest department at the College, with more than 300 students. The academic field of teaching drama to student teachers was, in his belief, the forerunner of the now long-established acting and drama courses at the Victorian College of the Arts.

While he enjoyed teaching, Dr Gillies made a decision to earn his living as an actor. He became a member of a group of ex-Monash and ex-Melbourne University students who formed the Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory, Carlton, which was active throughout the 1970s, and was elected its inaugural Chair.

With his love for teaching and a passion for the performing arts, Dr Gillies is forever embedded in the
foundations of Australian drama and cultural life, influencing many productions performed today.

References: Fay Woodhouse, ‘Still Learning – A 50 year history of Monash University Peninsula campus’, Monash University Custom Publishing Services, 2008

Photographer: Ponch Hawkes

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