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Student Life at JPII

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At the John Paul II Institute students are encouraged to participate in liturgical and prayer life with fellow students and faculty in the Institute’s chapel and at the nearby Cathedral.

Mass is celebrated at 1.05pm most days during semester at the Institute. Confession, the Prayer of the Church, Eucharistic Adoration, the Angelus and other devotions are available. The chapel is always open to students for private prayer.

Students' Association

The Students' Association exists to provide social, academic, and spiritual support to students studying at the Institute. It consists of a close team of students who meet regularly to discuss these different aspects of student life.

Some of the initiatives and activities that have been organised include: beginning and end of semester celebrations, day trips to places in and around Melbourne, providing JPII Institute merchandise, celebrations for Our Lady of Fatima on 13 May, praying the Rosary together and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Students' Association also keeps students updated with regular email contact. Special attention is given to the needs of new students, especially those who may be moving to Melbourne from interstate or overseas for studies at the Institute.

The Students' Association can be contacted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Housing & Accommodation

Although the Institute does not provide on-campus housing for its students, there is a range of accommodation options available, and we can help find one to suit you.

The Institute is within walking distance of several hotels and other temporary accommodation that offer suitable options for students studying shorter-term courses.

For students studying longer courses, accommodation may be arranged at other university colleges. Mannix College is a Catholic residential college at Monash University in Clayton, administered by the Dominican Order. The suburb of Clayton is not close to the Institute—it is about 40 minutes by train. However, Mannix college offers many services for international students, which makes it an attractive option, especially for those engaged in doctoral research who are not required to travel to the Institute for lectures on a daily basis. For more information, see 

The University of Melbourne has residential colleges which sometimes have vacancies for external students. It is approximetely 3km away, and is well-serviced by public transport. See 

Many students live in privately leased flats and student houses close to the Institute in the suburbs of Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton. These suburbs have a strong supply of student accommodation and services since they are located near the Australian Catholic University, RMIT, Victoria University and the University of Melbourne. For further information, contact the Real Estate agents operating in the area. See 

We also recommend the RMIT housing advisory service: 

The student body at JPII is a very warm and welcoming one, and current students have often provided new students with a place to stay.

Clerical students and those from religious orders often find accommodation in presbyteries or religious communities. The Superiors of these students are advised to make a formal request to the Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne well in advance of the student's arrival in Australia. Information on places available in parishes is available through the Vicar-General's office: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or from convents through consulting the Australian National Catholic Directory:

For further information about accommodation, contact the Dean on (+61 3) 9417 4349 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Costs of living in Australia

For information on the costs of living in Australia, see: