Mt Helen

Welcome to the Mt Helen Campus! With so many different spaces for you to learn in, including state-of-the-art facilities and a variety of student-centred study spaces, Mt Helen is a great place to continue your educational journey. You’ll also have plenty of break options, such as meeting friends for a pot and parma, sweating it out in an exercise class or bumping into a kangaroo on a hike through the surrounding bushland. The Mt Helen Campus is only a 13-minute drive from central Ballarat and has lots of free parking options, a lockable bike shed and many direct bus routes.


Starting uni can be pretty daunting, but don’t worry, orientation is designed to ease you in and set you up for success. Attending orientation will help you learn more about Federation, familiarise yourself with your program, and meet your peers and teaching staff.

Student clubs

Mt Helen has a range of student-run clubs and societies available, including:

  • BARS, which supports a more diverse residential experience at Federation
  • Christians @ uni, which holds regular bible talks and prayer meetings
  • The Nursing Society, which provides peer support to nursing students
  • FedOut, which runs outdoor activities such as hiking, bike riding, rock climbing and surfing
  • FedFNC, which organises Australian football teams.
  • FedUni Progressives, which bring together likeminded people who are passionate about a range of social issues

And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always start your own club.

Mt Helen orientation schedules

Orientation is held for new students at the start of each teaching period.

If no schedules appear below please check back closer to your Orientation date. You'll also receive an email letting you know when our schedules are released.

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Getting around on campus

View Mt Helen Campus map (pdf, 3.1mb)

Room numbers for orientation sessions (and classes) can be a little long and confusing at first. You'll find you learn them quickly, but you can use the following rules to help you out:

  • Almost all rooms consist of a letter and three numbers. For example, F301.
  • The letter refers to the building. For example, F301 will be in 'Building F'.
  • The first number is the floor. In the example F301, the room will be on 'Floor 3'.
    • NOTE: Floors at Mt Helen do not always begin at 0 or 1. In some buildings, the ground floor will be 'Floor 2'. If you are uncertain what floor you are on, simply find the nearest room number, and check the first number to determine what floor you are currently on. Then simply head 'up' or 'down' from there.
  • The last two numbers refer to the room number directly. These can just be used to locate exactly which room you are looking for.