Campus Life

An active life both inside and outside the classroom at Trinity College Foundation Studies provides an ideal preparation for prospective undergraduates.

Trinity encourages students to build on their academic and social strengths while broadening their experiences through meeting new people and engaging in a range of sporting, social and cultural activities. TCFS students have opportunities to explore their interests and personalities in an intellectually stimulating, exciting, and fun environment, with the freedom to express themselves.

Campus life is enriched through various music and drama performances, in friendly rivalries at soccer, basketball and other sports, and through the many clubs and activities organised by the students and overseen by staff. There are also opportunities for religious and personal reflection.

The campus can, however, sometimes seem a daunting or unfamiliar place, especially for international students away from home for the first time or removed from their usual support networks. TCFS therefore provides support and advice from welfare, counselling and chaplaincy staff who can help students with their concerns and challenges.

Because of Trinity College’s place within the University of Melbourne, TCFS students share many facilities with the university: from cafeterias to libraries, and from the bookshop to sports facilities. 


Foundation Studies students are responsible for their own meals when they are not included in their accommodation arrangements. Current students may purchase lunch in the College Dining Hall on weekdays by showing their student card.

Clubs and societies

A variety of student clubs and societies are established to meet student interests and needs. Clubs are run by students and supervised by Trinity staff.

There are opportunities to participate in excursions in and around Melbourne and Victoria.

Students are also encouraged to come together and socialise at barbecues, sporting events, musical performances and the Annual Trinity Ball.

Special events

A number of special events are held during the year to reinforce academic and personal skills and encourage a sense of community among TCFS students. These include a group percussion performance called ‘Big Noise’ held during Orientation, and formal ceremonies such as the Valedictory ceremony, the Foundation Studies Annual Ball and other celebrations for special occasions in the Trinity College calendar. 


Students are encouraged to participate in a range of sporting activities including soccer, basketball and other sports. There are ample opportunities for students to explore their interests and enhance their skills. 

Foundation Studies students share many facilities with the University of Melbourne, from cafeterias to libraries, and from the bookshop to sports facilities. 

Health & Recreation

The University of Melbourne Health Service provides excellent medical care and health services to Foundation Studies. Trinity students also have access to out-of-hours emergency assistance, and a 24-hour medical helpline is included in the overseas student health insurance cover.

In addition, Melbourne is very well served with a number of world class medical facilities, many very closely located to the Trinity College campus and within walking distance:

  • Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital
  • The Royal Women’s Hospital

There are also many parks around the campus, ranging from 19th century classic gardens with heritage features and majestic tree avenues, to the 170-hectare Royal Park with its unique bushland landscape and wetlands habitat.


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