About the University City of the Future
A city born from a university
A city where people, place and culture converge, and lives are transformed.
La Trobe University's Melbourne Campus at Bundoora is a special place that already provides a unique setting for learning, research and employment. With its substantial landholdings and location at the gateway to Melbourne's growing north, La Trobe provides unparalleled opportunities for the University and the wider community.
With Melbourne’s population expected to grow to almost 9 million people by 2056, La Trobe has been identified as the anchor in the Victorian Government’s La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster, one of seven clusters to be developed, to support the projected significant employment and residential growth in Melbourne’s North.
As our population grows, over the next decade, La Trobe University will evolve into a world-class University City of the Future at our 235 hectare Melbourne Campus in Bundoora. The new infrastructure will turn our campus 'inside out' and welcome the local community onto the campus as a place to live, learn, work, socialise and stay healthy.
Our University City of the Future will create:
- 20,000+ new jobs over ten years
- Education facilities for 40,000+ students
- Additional housing for 12,000 students, staff and private residents
- $3.5 billion in Gross Regional Product (GRP) over the next ten years.
Investment in reliable transport infrastructure is crucial to unlocking jobs and residential growth in the north, and to connecting the north with broader Melbourne. We will work closely with the Victorian Government to create an accessible city with better transport links to further boost economic activity on campus and in the north.
Our University City of the Future will transform our campus into exciting new precincts.
A major Health and Wellbeing Hub will improve access to health services and include a private hospital, aged care facilities and additional childcare.
A world-class Sports Park for teaching, research, community participation and elite sport.
A transformed Research and Innovation Precinct focussing on our world-class strengths in: Health and Wellbeing Agribioscience and Food and Fibre Digital Technology and Cyber.
New and improved housing will be home to students, staff and private residents.
A new town centre for Melbourne's north with extra commercial, retail and cultural space and hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment opportunities will offer new lifestyle experiences.
The heart of the campus will serve as a focal point for the University and the local community to connect with each other and the wider world.
Our biodiverse waterway and green spaces will be protected and enhanced for students and the community to enjoy.
See our progress
Where our journey started
A University City is born
- University City of the Future plan announced in 2018
Our city starts to come to life
- Health and Wellbeing Hub announced in 2018
- Sports Park AFL oval, soccer pitches, pavilion open in 2018
- Nangak Tamboree officially named in 2019
- Commitment to be Net Zero by 2029 is announced in 2019
- La Trobe-led Australian Research Council (ARC) Industry Transformation Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture (ARC MedAg Hub) launched in 2019
- Stage 2 of the Sports Park completed in 2020 with the opening of the La Trobe Sports Stadium.
- 624 bed student accommodation project is completed in 2020
Partnerships start to grow
- Healthscope to partner as hospital operator
- Medibank health partnership established to deliver comprehensive and coordinated physical and digital health and wellbeing services
- Northern Football Netball League (NFNL) calls La Trobe Sports Park home in a 20 year partnership.
Help us shape our city
If you are interested in talking to us about how you can become involved and be part of our future, please reach out to us.