Parking and travel during exams

As exams near, it's time to start planning how you're going to get to your exams. They're stressful enough without the worry of getting stuck in traffic or finding a car park.

Long travel delays expected

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has advised that buses will replace trains during the exam period due to rail replacement works. For extra services see the Transport section below and the PTV website.

On the following lines, PTV advises you to allow an extra 75 minutes travel time:

  • Frankston
  • Cranbourne
  • Pakenham.

Despite this, we still recommend public transport as the least stressful way to get to your exam.

Traffic congestion on roads and around Caulfield

Due to the rail works, traffic is likely to be heavier than usual. Please factor this into your travel time if driving.

Parking at the Racecourse is greatly reduced due to residential construction works in and around the area. Don’t risk getting stuck in a traffic jam, missing out on a car park and being late for your exam

Save yourself the stress and consider some of these transport options.

Public transport

Good for the environment and for you. You can do some more exam prep or simply relax on the way to your exam.

Allow plenty of extra time

caulfield station sign

Rail works will affect some train lines so be sure to check the PTV website for updates.

Extra services during the rail works

Caulfield – Clayton
The 601 bus will run between these campuses.

Westall, Autumn Tce – Clayton Bus Interchange H
Weekdays from 30 May – 15 June
Shuttle buses will run every 15 mins from 7.30am – 7.30pm

Check the PTV website for more details on buses replacing trains and use Journey Planner (with timetables and maps) to estimate your travel time. The planner will be updated regularly to show any extra travel time required.

Protective Service Officers are stationed at all premium railway stations including Caulfield and regularly patrol trains to and from this station.

Here's a list of public transport services running to and from Monash campuses.

Inter-campus shuttle bus

front of large bus

Regular free shuttle buses run to and from the Peninsula and Caulfield campuses via the Clayton campus bus interchange. A bus also runs from Peninsula campus to Frankston Railway Station. Just show your M-Pass to use the service.

Clayton–Caulfield timetable: Exam period (pdf, 0.37 mb)

For Peninsula services see the inter-campus shuttle bus timetable.

Peninsula–Caulfield direct service

On Monday 11 June there will be a direct Peninsula–Caulfield shuttle bus service. The bus has 57 seats but we can't guarantee or reserve seats.

From Peninsula campus

Pickup point: Bus stop outside George Jenkins Theatre
Departure times: 8am and 12.45pm

From Caulfield campus

Pickup point: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 23, Station Street
Departure times: 12pm and 4.45pm

Campus security bus service

small bus on road

If you're returning to Caulfield or Clayton campus after your evening exam, you can hop on one of the free Monash Security buses and they'll take you back to Halls of Residence or the car parks on and around your campus. They run every 30 minutes from 5.30pm to midnight, Monday to Friday.

You can download the Clayton security bus route (pdf, 0.18 mb), or use the live Clayton campus tracker to see exactly where the bus is when it's running.

If you're on the Caulfield campus, you can download the Caulfield security bus route (pdf, 0.55 mb), and check the live Caulfield campus tracker.

If you are considering driving to your exam, please be aware that parking options will vary depending on your exam venue.

Caulfield Racecourse

Traffic will be congested and parking limited in and around the Caulfield racecourse exam venue.

Car parks at the racecourse open at 7am and close at 10pm.

Don't risk getting stuck in a traffic jam, missing out on a car park and being late for your exam. Save yourself the stress and consider some these alternative transport options:

  • public transport
  • free park and ride bus service from Clayton
  • inter-campus shuttle bus

If you do choose to drive, here are some of your parking options.

Blue permit parking

  • Before 4:30pm the blue parking bays in the multi-storey car park are reserved for Caulfield students with a blue permit.
  • After 4:30pm you can park for free in the multi-storey car park on Caulfield campus.

Free parking

  • Kambrook Road car park
  • Members 1 car park
  • Limited free street parking around the Caulfield Racecourse (many streets may be residential permit zones only, so please pay attention to the parking signs).

Metered parking

  • Guineas car park - the blue bays are for staff permit holders only - students who park here will be fined
  • Station Street
  • Normanby Road

Caulfield Racecourse parking map (pdf, 0.4 mb)

Clayton exam venues

If you're sitting an exam in the Engineering Hall or Monash Sports, your parking options are:

Free parking at OC1 car park

bus parked on road

During the semester one and two exam periods, you can park for free in the OC1 car park (corner of Wellington and Blackburn Rds), then catch a free shuttle bus from the campus bus interchange to the Caulfield campus. The first shuttle leaves at 7.30am.

The walk from the OC1 car park to the bus interchange takes about 10 - 15 minutes.

For evening exams, the shuttle buses go directly to and from the Caulfield Racecourse exam venue.

Blue permit parking during semesters one and two exam periods

  • If you hold a Clayton blue parking permit, you can park in any of the blue bays on campus.
  • If you have a blue permit from another campus, you can park in the blue parking bays in the North-One (N1) car park only.

Metered parking

Many of the parking meters accept coins and credit cards but some are coin-only. You can download the paybyphone app to pay for all-day and hourly parking. Metered parking spots are available in these locations on Clayton campus:

  • South-East Three (SE3), 64 Scenic Boulevard
  • North-One (N1), 10 Research Way

Clayton campus map (pdf, 0.28 mb)

Berwick campus

You may park without a permit in the blue parking bays during the main end-of-semester exam periods. You will be fined if you park in these bays without a permit at any other time of year.

Berwick campus map (pdf, 0.07 mb)

Parkville campus

There is no free parking and the usual arrangements apply all year round.

Parkville campus map (pdf, 0.17 mb)

Peninsula campus

You may park, without a permit, in the blue parking bays during the main end-of-semester exam periods. If you park in these bays without a permit at any other time of year, you will be fined.

Peninsula campus map (pdf, 0.13 mb)

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