Graduate research study spaces and other facilities

Offices for allocation

Desk Space

  • The School offers both allocated and hot desk spaces for graduate research students. Allocated office space is available on levels 4 and 5 West Wing and level 6 North Wing in the Arts West building. Desks are also available to use as hot desk spaces on level 6 North Wing.
  • There is one round of applications for allocated work spaces each year, with desks offered on a rolling basis as they become available. All currently enrolled graduate research students in the School will be notified of upcoming allocation rounds. Please make sure to check your university email account. A link to the application form is available here.
  • Graduate researchers should be aware that there is often more demand for space than can be accommodated. If you are granted access to a study space, it is expected that you will make regular and consistent use of this space. If you are not using it regularly, you owe it to your fellow students to give up that study space so it can be made available to another student. This will not render you less eligible if you wish to apply for space again at a later date

You should contact your graduate research administrator regarding availability.


  • All allocated study spaces will include a lockable cabinet. There are also a number of cabinets available to students using hot desks on level 6 North Wing. Please contact your graduate research administrator regarding availability.
  • Cabinet keys must be returned within two weeks of thesis submission.

To collect and return keys, email June McBeth or see her in the Main School Office.

The School’s study space allocation guidelines are available here.

University study spaces

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts

  • A variety of facilities are offered by the Graduate School including the RHD reading room, Arts Graduate Hall, a telephone conference room, reading group and seminar rooms and equipment for loan. For more information please visit the Faculty of Arts room booking web page.

The Graduate Centre

The Baillieu Library

  • A limited number of carrels are available to both Master of Arts and PhD candidates, while only PhD students may apply for the very limited number (21) of offices. Enquire at the Loans Desk in the Baillieu Library.


All student offices have computers for each person to use.

Photocopying and printing

There are photocopiers that are also School printers situated on levels 4, 5 and 6 of the West Wing and level 6 of the North Wing in Arts West (Building 148) No pin is required.

Telephones and fax

There are telephones in the School for graduate research student use for internal and local calls in each office space. The fax is located in the Print room on level 4 West Wing, Arts West (Building 148). Administrative staff in the office can help.