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Student Accommodation near Swanston St Melbourne

What makes Scape Swanston the best place to live and study? Well, apart from the world class amenities like a 24/7 gym, games lounge and study rooms, how about a rooftop cinema? Plus, you can enjoy barista-made coffee right downstairs at Frankie's Cafe!
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Intelligent design means you’ll find everything you could possibly need while you're at uni. Smart, eh?

You can choose from studio or shared apartments that include an ultra-comfy bed, large study desk, super-fast Wi-Fi, private or shared bathrooms, a kitchenette and plenty of storage space throughout.
Intelligent design means you’ll find everything you could possibly need while you're at uni. Smart, eh?

You can choose from studio or shared apartments that include an ultra-comfy bed, large study desk, super-fast Wi-Fi, private or shared bathrooms, a kitchenette and plenty of storage space throughout.
  • Medium Studio Suite
  • Large Studio Suite
  • Studio Apartment
  • Medium Studio Apartment
  • Large Studio Apartment
  • Studio Suite
  • Large Twin Apartment
Scape supports an inclusive environment for all students, if you have a specific accessibility requirement, get in touch to see how we can support your needs.
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What’s Included

We've got you covered

Live your best student lifestyle at Scape with 24/7 support, top-notch security, laundry, convenient all-inclusive billing, plus an exciting calendar bursting with social events, mentorship programs and internship opportunities.

Dedicated shuttle bus

Enjoy the convenience and safety of a dedicated shuttle service that takes you from your front-door straight to Monash University campus and home again.

All Utilities Included

Bills? Who needs bills while studying? To help take life admin out of the equation, we offer an all-inclusive package.

24/7 Security

Our specialist trained staff are here for you around the clock, so you feel safer, calmer and more at home.

Events program

From famous illusionists to llamas & lattes to road trip adventures, we’ll curate a lifestyle that will allow you to shine.

Lightning fast WIFI

Enjoy unlimited hi-speed Wi-Fi to power all your devices, so you can study, surf, stream and game at the speed of fun.

Sonder Safety App

Enjoy peace of mind with 24/7 access to support services via our ScapexSonder Safety App

What’s around


Location, location, location. From your home at Scape Swanston, you can quickly visit all the lively landmarks and hot spots Melbourne has to offer. And can it get any easier, with trains and trams just outside your door?
Location, location, location. From your home at Scape Swanston, you can quickly visit all the lively landmarks and hot spots Melbourne has to offer. And can it get any easier, with trains and trams just outside your door?

Explore the Area around Scape Swanston

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Melbourne Central

Cnr LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000

Shopping centre in the City of Melbourne, Victoria.
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Nox Coffee Bar

62 Little La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Vibing new brunch cafe bar in Melbourne CBD.
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State Library Victoria

328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

The State Library Victoria is the state library of the Australian state of Victoria. Located in Melbourne, it was established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, making it Australia's oldest public library and one of the first free libraries in the world.

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Scape Swanston FAQs

What’s included at Scape Swanston?

All your utilities including electricity, water and heating, plus unlimited broadband internet are included with your rent. There are no additional bills to worry about. You’ll also enjoy access to our common spaces plus a packed calendar bursting with exclusive events, mentorship programs, and internship opportunities where you can experience other cultures and make friends at the same time.

Do I need to be a student to live at Scape Swanston?

Yes, Scape’s student accommodation is purpose built for students and a confirmation of enrolment is required to secure your room. Looking for accommodation but not a student? Scape Suites are available at two locations in the heart of Melbourne that offer luxe apartment living with flexible leases, amazing spaces, services on-demand all wrapped in one simple cost. Book a tour to check it out today.

Can I take a look around?

We would love you to! We offer both in-person and virtual tours of all Scape properties. Book a tour today!

How close is Scape Swanston to university?

Scape Swanston is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, just a short walk away from some of the city’s top universities.

  • RMIT University is just a 3-minute walk away, making it easy to get to class on time
  • The University of Melbourne is also within walking distance, at just 8 minutes away.
  • If you’re studying at Monash University, you can take the complimentary shuttle bus that runs from Scape Swanston to the Caulfield and Clayton campuses.
  • La Trobe University is a little further away, at 12 minutes by tram. But don’t worry, the tram stop is just a short walk from our building.
  • And if you’re studying at Victoria University, you can get there in just 8 minutes by car or 14 minutes by foot.

Does Scape Swanston have a shuttle bus?

Scape Swanston has a free shuttle bus that will take you to and from the Monash University campus in Melbourne so you don’t need to bother with the hassle of organising transport.

A timetable for the shuttle bus is available at Reception.

Where’s the nearest public transport to Scape Swanston?

Scape Swanston is located in the middle of Melbourne, so you’re never far from public transport.

There are a few tram stops nearby on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, just a 1-minute walk away. Trams run frequently to all parts of the city, making it easy to get to class, work, or explore the city. If you’re taking the tram, you can get to most parts of the city in under 30 minutes.

There are several bus stops within walking distance of Scape Swanston. Buses run less frequently than trams, but they provide a more direct route to some destinations.

Melbourne Central is the closest train station to Scape Swanston. It is a 7-minute walk away. Flinders Street Station is also a good option, but it is a bit further away, at a 10-minute walk. Flinders Street Station is a major transportation hub, with trains running to all parts of Melbourne and beyond.

What shops are close to Scape Swanston?

Scape Swanston is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, so you’re never far from a great shopping experience.

Melbourne Central is just a 2-minute walk away, and is a massive shopping mall with over 200 stores, including everything from designer clothing to homewares. Another major shopping destination, QV Melbourne is a 4-minute walk, and is home to over 250 stores, as well as a cinema, bowling alley, and rooftop bar.

For food lovers, Queen Victoria Market is a 10-minute walk away and boasts over 1000 stalls selling fresh produce, meats, seafood, and other goods whilst Chinatown is home to a wide variety of Chinese restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions and can be reached in 8 minutes by foot.

Can you tell me more about Frankies at Swanston?

Absolutely! Frankies, our on-site cafe, is a delightful spot for residents to relax, study, or catch up with friends. Located conveniently on the ground floor of our accommodation building, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite or a drink without going far.

What We Offer:

Barista-Made Coffee: Our skilled baristas are passionate about coffee and are ready to brew your favorite espresso-based drinks. Whether you’re a fan of a classic latte, a cappuccino, or an adventurous espresso concoction, we’ve got you covered.


Delicious Toasties: Our menu includes a variety of mouth-watering toasties – perfect for a quick and satisfying meal. Made with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of love, these toasties are a hit among our residents.


Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


  • Ground Floor, Scape Swanston
  • 5 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000


Our cafe is more than just a coffee shop; it’s a community space where students can unwind and enjoy great food and drinks. Whether you’re in a rush and need a takeaway coffee to kickstart your day or you’re looking to enjoy a leisurely brunch with friends, our cafe is the ideal spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

How often do I pay my rent?

The easiest way to pay your rent is through our fortnightly direct debit system. We also have full upfront payment options. If you wish to pay the full rent amount in one lump sum, you can do this with a credit or debit card at Reception or by bank transfer. International transfers or credit card payments may result in a surcharge from your bank.

What is a Bond? And how do I pay it?

The bond is a security deposit registered with the appropriate state-based authority and covers any damage you may cause to the room. Don’t worry, this excludes normal wear and tear. You will receive an email 10 days before your contract start date asking you to pay a security deposit through the  Resident Portal.

It is refundable at the end of your stay with us if there are no damages, your room is left clean and there is no outstanding rent. You will receive an email when your bond is ready to be returned. Release of your bond from the state-based authority will either be transferred into an Australian bank account of your choice which is the preferred method, or you can arrange for a cheque to be sent to you.

When do I sign my contract?

Would you like an express check-in? If you complete your pre-arrival process before arrival your check-in will only take 10 minutes. If you haven’t completed your pre-arrival process, your check-in could take up to 30 minutes.

What do I need to do to complete an express check in?

Your contract will be available 8 weeks prior to your contract start date via our Resident Portal. Once logged in to the portal, you will be able to review and sign your contract prior to arriving at Scape. Make sure to give yourself enough time to read the contract carefully before signing. Once completed, we’ll send you a copy of the final signed contract via email for your records.

You’ll also need to upload your Confirmation of Enrolment and Photo ID, plus complete your emergency contact and rent payment information.

Do I need to bring my own bedspread, quilt and pillow?

Yes. However, to make life easier, these items may be purchased on our website when booking your room, or via our Resident Portal, and can be ready for you on check-in. They can also be purchased from Reception, subject to availability. Get settled early and purchase your bedding pack to guarantee availability.

How do I buy linen and kitchen supplies in advance?

You can log in to our Resident Portal to buy kitchen and bedding before arriving at Scape. Alternatively, you can email the property directly.

Does Scape Swanston have an airport transfer service?

Yes! To arrange a pick-up service from the airport directly to Scape Swanston, please visit our Airport Transfer page and complete the form at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival at the airport. Contact your Scape location for pricing.

Alternatively, all major Australian airports have taxi ranks and dedicated pick-up areas for ridesharing services including Didi and Uber that will take you to any of our buildings. There are also public transport options available. Please refer to the following websites to plan your trip in advance –

What time is check-in at Scape Swanston?

Scape Swanston will welcome you at any time of day or night.  To assist with a smooth arrival, we ask residents who plan to arrive outside normal business hours (9.00 to 18.00) to inform us by email at least 72 hours in advance. This way we can make sure a Scape team member is available to greet you.

If you arrive outside of normal business hours, you’ll find contact information at the entrance of the building. Your calls will be answered by a friendly team member who will help you check-in.

What goes on in the communal spaces?

Scape Swanston features a range of communal spaces available to all residents where you can rest and relax or socialise with friends. These include a rooftop terrace and cinema, 24/7 gym, study spaces, and a massive communal kitchen. We’ll host resident events in these spaces from time to time, but they can also be booked in advance if you’d like them all to yourself!

Can friends visit?

Of course! This is your home. If you would like to have a guest stay overnight, that is fine too, but you’ll need to be over 18. Unfortunately, overnight guests aren’t permitted in twin rooms, shared apartments or U/18 rooms. There are also a few rules around guests in the property which staff would be happy to brief you on. You will need to register your guest at Reception, so we know who is in the building for security reasons.

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