Monash University Clayton campus
Clayton is the original Monash site and still the largest. Since its founding in 1958, a thriving community has emerged where students from more than 100 countries gather to meet, discuss and debate with their peers while gaining a degree from one of the world's most prestigious universities. Now, with its own postcode and a comprehensive line-up of services, markets and stores, Monash Clayton is its own city in the eastern suburbs.
With so many people active on campus, you'll always find plenty of other students looking to socialise and explore Clayton and the surrounding suburbs.
Here's our guide to help you become better acquainted with the area.
The Clayton campus offers a range of stores for everyday shopping, including a grocer, pharmacy, convenience store, Apple Store, hairdresser, gift shop and bookshop.
Several shopping centres are within easy reach of Monash Clayton. Pinewood Shopping Village in Mount Waverley is five minutes away on the 703 bus. A supermarket, grocer, health-food store and a variety of cafes and restaurants are all located in the centre.
Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre in the neighbouring suburb of Mulgrave also features supermarkets, department-store outlets and various speciality and chain stores. The centre is reached by taking the 631, 691 and 862 buses from the Clayton campus bus loop.
The largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere, Chadstone, is located about seven kilometres away from the Clayton campus. Chadstone contains hundreds of stores, including supermarkets, department stores, Australian and designer boutiques and luxury brands. The 802, 804 and 862 bus services all head to Chadstone via the Clayton campus.
Lovers of fresh produce will also enjoy the Mulgrave Farmers Market. Held every Sunday from 8am to 1pm, here you can stock up on fresh seasonal produce, meat, fish, bread, cheeses and condiments purchased straight from the growers and makers.
Many pubs and bars are located around Clayton and have become local favourites for Monash students. A couple of the bars around campus cater specifically to the uni crowd and offer discounts on food and drinks when you present your student ID.
You'll find two major cinema complexes close by at Chadstone and Glen Waverley. Or you could always stay back at uni and enjoy an art-house movie at the campus cinema.
Down the road from campus is a bowling centre that is also popular with the Monash crowd. Besides the bowling lanes, the centre features a cafe, bar and amusement arcade, and customers can take part in an indoor laser skirmish or glow-in-the-dark bowling.
Further afield, bustling Chapel Street (easily accessed by train from Clayton to South Yarra station) offers an assortment of dining, entertainment and shopping options.
Food and drink
As Monash Clayton is one of the biggest campuses in Australia, there more than two dozen retail food outlets, cafes and restaurants on the university grounds. We even have our very own supermarket, the Monash Merchant.
Food ranges from the traditional options of sandwiches, pizza and kebabs to fine dining, fresh seafood, halal, vegetarian and vegan. There's also no shortage of perfectly brewed coffee, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.
A complete listing of all campus eateries can be found at our Eat Drink Shop website. Here you can explore all the food and retail options we have on offer across all our campuses.
As a Monash student you'll have access to a variety of services at the Clayton campus. These include:
For more information about on-campus services, visit the Monash Clayton campus website
You can find more information about getting to and from the Clayton campus here
Other sites of interest
Try these sites for more information about things to see and do around Clayton campus: