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Access to campus

RMIT Melbourne campuses ­– City, Brunswick and Bundoora – are open to all students and staff with COVIDSafe protocols in place.

All students can come to campus for classes and scheduled activities, as well as to access many of our facilities including the Library and study spaces, computers, food and retail outlets, gallery spaces, prayer rooms and more so long as they complete mandatory COVIDSafe campus protocols before attending campus. Campuses are open from 7am-7pm, 7 days a week but some areas, such as the Library, labs and workshops, will have shorter opening hours or restricted access. 

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can access their research spaces and workspaces as approved. If you are a HDR student, please check your RMIT email for more information.

If you need access to a particular learning or research space, your access will be organised by your program. If you need after-hours access to an area, visit the Campus access page for information and application details.

Access to campus is guided by the latest government advice and our own rigorous COVIDSafe Plan and safety protocols. As a result, plans and timelines may change depending on government restrictions and other factors. We have robust contingency plans in place to limit campus access and deliver learning activities online, should that be required.

Classes in Semester 2 2021

In Semester 2 2021, facilitated classes will be predominantly on campus. This means more tutorials, lectorials, practicals and workshops will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Classes that require specialist spaces or equipment will be prioritised for on-campus learning. 

For some courses, online facilitated classes will still be available for students who cannot attend campus or would prefer to study online.

Students can find out if a course has facilitated classes on campus, online or both by checking the Semester 2 class timetable from 15 June 2021.

Lectures will continue to be recorded and shared through Canvas and will not be timetabled.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements can continue in a COVIDsafe manner and will be considered on a course-by-course basis.

There will be no face-to-face examinations in Semester 2 2021, except where they have been mandated by accrediting bodies. If this relates to your study, you’ll be made aware by your Program Manager or Course Coordinator.

COVIDSafe campus protocols for students (see below) will remain in place in Semester 2 2021.

Students who cannot attend campus because they are overseas or subject to COVID-19 restrictions (e.g. those with medical conditions or those who have been instructed to isolate), will either be offered equivalent online activities or the option to complete activities on campus at a future date. For more information, see If you cannot attend campus.


COVIDSafe campus protocols for students

In line with our COVIDSafe Plan, all students attending campus must adhere to safety protocols to help keep our community safe. Together we can all do our part to limit the spread on COVID-19.

If you are coming to campus, please read through the protocols carefully so you understand what you need to know and do before you come to campus and while on campus.

Before you come to campus

There are three things you must do before coming to campus:

1. Have an RMIT student card

You must carry your student card at all times on campus. Campus Security may request to see your student card at any time. If you don't have one, you can order a new or replacement student card via the link below and it will be mailed to you.

2. Complete the RMIT COVIDSafe 2021 Training Module

The COVIDSafe Training Module is available through Canvas. You must complete the 2021 module ONCE only. If you have previously completed the 2020 module, you will need to do the 2021 module to cover updated information. If you've forgotten your login password, you can reset it.

3. Complete a Daily Health Declaration 

Each day before you come to campus, you must complete a new Daily Health Declaration Form to state that you do not have any symptoms that relate to COVID-19, you are not considered a close contact of a positive case and are fit to attend campus. This declaration, once completed, activates your student card access for that day. A new declaration must be completed every day before you attend campus because they become invalid each night at 11.59pm.

When arriving on campus  

There are two things you must do when you arrive on campus:  

1. Scan your student card at a campus access point each day    

Access points are located at the main entrances to most RMIT buildings. You must scan your card at an access point when you arrive on campus or it won’t be activated to open doors and rooms inside buildings for that day.  Please give yourself extra time to scan your card as there may be lines at some access points during busy times.

If your card doesn’t scan at the access point, make sure you’ve completed your COVIDSafe Training Module and Daily Health Declaration – your card won’t scan unless you’ve done both things.  

2. Connect to the RMIT WiFi   

You must connect to the RMIT WiFi network so information about your location on campus can be collected for the purpose of contact tracing in accordance with government requirements for universities. Personal and location information will be centrally stored, managed in accordance with RMIT's Privacy Statement, and deleted after 28 days. 

If you are feeling unwell, DO NOT attend campus – instead, stay home, seek medical advice and consider getting a COVID-19 test. A list for COVID-19 symptoms is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services website.

While on campus

While on campus, you must:

  • Wear a face mask in accordance with current Victorian Government advice and carry a mask at all times. 16 June 2021: Masks must be worn indoors, and outdoors wherever physical distancing (1.5m) is difficult to maintain. This includes all workspaces, teaching and research spaces on campus. Teaching staff are exempt from wearing masks in teaching settings. If you forget or misplace your mask, you can collect a spare mask from Campus Security or roving security guards. If you have a valid medical exemption from wearing a mask, please contact RMIT Student Connect so you can be issued with a card to indicate your exemption.
  • Swipe your student card at the entrance to rooms, labs and spaces, even if they are unlocked, for contact tracing purposes
  • If you see a QR code displayed at the entrance to a classroom or space, scan it and provide your details. This is to support contact tracing. Services Victoria QR codes will be used at RMIT galleries, theatres and sports facilities
  • Obey all safety signage, including maximum room capacity limits and building access restrictions
  • Abide by physical distancing requirements
  • Observe good hygiene
  • Follow the directives of COVIDSafe Monitors and Champions

Special access

If you need access to a particular learning or research space, your access will be organised by your program. If you need after-hours access to an area, visit the Campus access page for information and application details.

Breach of protocols

If someone breaches any of RMIT’s COVIDSafe protocols, they face potentially serious consequences.

First breach: Formal written warning and coaching on protocols
Second breach: Temporary suspension from campus and requirement to repeat the COVIDSafe Training Module 
Third breach: Executive suspension and Student Conduct Board hearing

If you cannot attend campus

We understand that some students may not be able to attend campus in 2021 due to circumstances outside their control, such as ongoing international travel restrictions or legitimate personal circumstances.

Where online classes can be offered, the option will be available for students who cannot attend campus. You can check if your courses have online class options by following the instructions on the Class timetables in 2021 page.

RMIT will make every effort to ensure students who cannot attend campus are able to continue their studies online and will not be disadvantaged. However, in circumstances where a student must complete learning activities on campus to meet course or program requirements, if a student is unable to attend campus at this time, it may result in delays to their progression and program completion. Students will be given the option to complete activities on campus at a future date.

Students can also choose to take a Leave of Absence.

International students seeking to enter Australia

We have heard from many of our international students overseas who are waiting for the opportunity to come back to Melbourne. The Australian and Victorian Governments are currently working to establish an approach to allow international students to enter Victoria. 

RMIT, in partnership with other Victorian universities, continues to advocate for our international students. We are having constructive discussions with the Victorian Government about when international students can return.

We will continue to keep you updated and will be in touch when we have further information. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus, when possible.

Additional safety measures on campus

We’re working hard to ensure our campuses and facilities are equipped to safely support on-campus activities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. RMIT has developed a COVIDSafe Plan which outlines on-campus safety principles, protocols and actions.

In addition to the student safety protocols listed above, RMIT has implemented many other measures, including:

  • regular deep cleaning of facilities and equipment
  • frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces
  • increased air ventilation 
  • provision of additional personal protective equipment for some activities
  • WiFi-enabled location data collection for contact tracing purposes

In times of increased community transmission of COVID-19 we may introduce additional safety measures such as temperature checks, limiting building or campus access, etc.

Getting to and from campus

Public transport

All RMIT Melbourne campuses are accessible via public transport.

Public Transport Victoria COVID-19 information
Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner

Bicycle access

The City campus Bike Hub in Building 51 is available but showers facilities are closed. Bundoora bike cages are available. There are also bike racks available at all campuses.

See Bike facilities at RMIT for more information.

Parking on campus

See Parking at City campusParking at Brunswick campus or Parking at Bundoora campus for more information.

More information

For the latest information about COVID-19 and the University’s response, visit the RMIT coronavirus webpages


We recommend you monitor the Australian Government Department of HealthVictorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and World Health Organisation to stay informed.

For travel and visa information, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs or Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller website.