Plan Your Visit

Visiting the University of Melbourne for SAA2020

SAA 2020 will be held at the Arts West North Wing  (#148a) - University of Melbourne Parkville Campus.

Getting here

Public transport is your best option.

From Melbourne CBD, you can catch any tram up Swanston Street to Tram stop 1 - The University of Melbourne.  Tram #s 1 and 6 then proceed further to Carlton North and Brunswick East.

You can also catch Tram #19 to stop 11 - Melbourne University/Royal Parade. This tram then proceeds up Parkville and Brunswick.

UoM Map

Plan your journey

The tramTRACKER is a free mobile applicaiton which provides real-time information on trams based on your location, as well as assistance with route planning.

You can also use PTV to plan your journey online - as well as information trains and buses if you are staying further away from the campus.

For printable maps, including ones with wheelchair access please visit UniMelb Maps

Cycling and Bicycle Parks

There are bike parking facilities all around Arts West, but also in the old underground car park nearby. For all the info you need to travel to and park your bike on campus, see:


Parking on campus is very limited. For the most up-to-date information about parking around Parkville campus, please visit Campus Services


The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus is very centrally located with plenty of places to stay within walking distance of the campus and Melbourne CBD.

Please note the January is a quiet time on campus but also school holidays so accommodation prices may be on the rise.

Suburbs within walking distance of the Parkville Campus

  • Melbourne CBD
  • Carlton and Carlton North
  • Parkville
  • Fitzroy
  • Brunswick and Brunswick East
  • Collingwood

Quest Carlton on Finlay

We have organised a special rate with Quest Carlton on Finlay. Simply add the code UMCON2020 when making your booking at

1 Bedroom Apartments:      $170 per night
2 Bedroom Apartments:      $220 per night
Parking:                                  $22 per night (Must be booked at time of reservation)


Coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided on all three days of the conference. However,  should you need an early coffee fix or dinner options, please see the hotly debated list below. People of Melbourne will debate the best places to eat for hours on end so approach with caution but do take the time to ask someone about their favourite Italian restaurant, explore Melbourne's laneways, and must-eat lists.

This list is by no means exhaustive!




Standing Room Parkville Great coffee  
Carte Crepes Parkville Great coffee and crepes - just around the corner
from the conference venue
House of Cards Parkville Great coffee and light meals with a
good conscience
Vertue Coffee Roasters
Seven Seeds
IMA Project Café


Delicious brunch options
Heart Attack and Vine Carlton Try the Porchetta sandwich for lunch
and tapas for dinner
Shakahari Carlton All around tasty
Carlton Delicious pizza and pasta
Pidapippo Carlton Best gelati
(Do not start a debate with Nerisa on this)
Gerald’s Bar Carlton North Beloved local bar
Meat Maiden CBD Underground restaurant that
smacks you in the face with smoked meat
Tipo 00 CBD Well known Italian establishment
Chin Chin CBD Popular Melbourne visit but
can be hard to get a table. Get in early
Cumulus Inc CBD Pricey but delicious. Instagram dream venue.
Belles Hot Chicken Fitzroy & CBD Hot delicious chicken
Smith and Daughters Fitzroy Best known vegan place in Melbourne
Vegie Bar
Fitzroy Wide-ranging and tasty vegetarian options
Bad Frankies Fitzroy Great bar and delicious toasties!
Above Board Collingwood Amazing cocktails
Stomping Ground Collingwood Locally brewed beer and good pub food
Bowl Bowl Dumpling Collingwood Cheap and amazing dumplings

There is also Union House which has a series of cheap eats and a Foodworks Convenience Store.