Impressive new accommodation for graduates

March 15 / 154

The new George Hicks building for graduate accommodation, 197 Royal Parade
The new George Hicks building for graduate accommodation, 197 Royal Parade

The George Hicks Building, a new graduate living and learning facility at International House, was formally opened by the Governor of Victoria and Mrs Chernov on Wednesday 18 March.

The new building reflects the successful implementation of the Melbourne Model – which now sees large numbers of students enrolled in graduate programs – offering affordable accommodation appropriate for graduate residents, who have different needs and expectations to undergraduate residents.
 
There are three residential levels with 57 studio apartments, all with ensuites, and 42 apartments with kitchenettes. Each floor has its own amenities, including a spacious kitchen and living room, and each student room has a unique plan to make the most of the building’s orientation. The ground floor boasts tutorial rooms, a café, lecture theatre and student lounge.
 
The building is a one-of-a-kind, and is considered to achieve “Equivalent Performance to a 5 Star Green Star Multi-Unit Residential v1 rating” in line with University’s committed minimum for all new building developments.
 
Made possible through the generosity of Mr George Lyndon Hicks, the George Hicks Building was named to honour both Mr Hicks and his father, Mr George Franklin Hicks. Mr George Lyndon Hicks began his relationship with International House just one year after it opened, as a resident during the college’s second and third years of operation in 1958-59.
 
International House is a residential college wholly owned by the University of Melbourne.  It brings together 350 undergraduate and graduate students from Australia and overseas, in a community that is committed to multicultural understanding, academic success and personal development.

Gifts towards the development of the George Hicks Building form part of Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne.

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