The University Square Master Plan sets the direction to transition a 19th century landscape into a modern space that will provide more room for the community and complement a range of future uses, while recognising the rich history of the site.

The Master Plan was endorsed in 2016 and outlines a vision for the Square that will better serve the local community, students, workers and visitors. Stage One was completed in 2019, creating a large new open space, additional trees, a biodiverse garden, seating and terrace spaces.

With the Parkville Station set to open in 2025, University Square will become the doorstep to one of the city’s newest public transport hubs. That’s why City of Melbourne has updated the Master Plan - responding to the many changes the Metro Tunnel will make to Carlton.

The refresh provides an update on the actions from the 2016 Master Plan, including actions that have been adapted to create a world-class space for the community that complements its future uses.

We’re now planning for Stage Two of the project and invite you to share your feedback on our draft design and tell us how you would like to use the space.

Shape the future of University Square Stage Two

We want to hear from you about the draft design for Stage Two of University Square.

Key features include:

  • more than 2500 square metres of public open space for recreational and social activities
  • new garden beds and lawn, providing lush neighbourhood greening the community has been asking for
  • 41 per cent tree cover, helping to create a cooler environment in summer
  • street furniture such as chairs, drinking fountains, picnic tables and bike hoops.

Share your feedback and tell us how you would like to use the space via the survey below.

View the Draft Concept Design



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation on the University Square Master Plan and Stage One design plan

    2014 to 2016

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Stage 1 - What's your vision community engagement

    1 September to 13 October 2014

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Review community feedback and develop ideas plan

    October 2014 to January 2015

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Stage 2 - Ideas plan community engagement

    16 January to 11 March 2015

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Review community feedback on ideas plan and develop draft master plan

    March to August 2015

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Stage 3 - Draft Concept Plan community engagement

    25 August to 5 October 5 2015

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Review Concept Plan feedback and prepare draft Master Plan

    October 2015 to July 2016

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Draft Master Plan released for feedback

    26 August to 19 September 2016

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    Master Plan presented to Council and adopted

    December 2016

  • Timeline item 10 - complete

    Master Plan implementation

    October 2017 to May 2018

  • Timeline item 11 - complete

    Parkville Station (Metro Tunnel) construction commences


  • Timeline item 12 - complete

    Stage 1 open to public 


  • Timeline item 13 - complete

    Temporary artwork by Sean Lynch installed


  • Timeline item 14 - complete

    MPavilion installed on site


  • Timeline item 15 - complete

    Master Plan Refresh commences


  • Timeline item 16 - active

    Engagement on Stage Two draft concept design

    5 October to 20 November 2023

  • Timeline item 17 - incomplete

    Integrate engagement findings into final concept design and present to community

    Early 2024

  • Timeline item 18 - incomplete

    Seek council endorsement of final concept design

    Early 2024

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University Square Stage Two Draft Concept Design

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