A guide to Victoria’s leading boarding schools


Families seeking boarding options for their school-aged children are fortunate to have an abundance of quality Victorian boarding schools to choose from. The Bursar has put together this directory to help you in your search for a great education for your child.

Geelong Grammar School – Corio Campus

Geelong Grammar School, located on the Corio Campus, is one of Australia’s most prestigious and historic independent schools. Founded in 1855, the school has a rich heritage of providing education to students from Australia and around the world.
The school offers a comprehensive curriculum that aims to foster critical thinking, creativity, and a love for learning. It prides itself on what it describes as a diverse and inclusive community, in a vibrant and supportive learning environment.
The Corio campus provides modern boarding houses where students are grouped by age and gender to ensure a supportive and age-appropriate environment. Staff members provide 24/7 academic support, pastoral care, and supervised recreational activities. This is part of a structured daily routine that includes study time and extracurricular activities to help students find a balance between their academic and personal lives.

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www: Boarding at Geelong Grammar School’s Corio campus
Co-curricular activities include: ballet, committees, community service, music, private instrumental and vocal tuition, outdoor camps, performing arts, and sports.

Melbourne Grammar School

Melbourne Grammar School provides students with a supportive community environment with access to academic support, dedicated study spaces and out-of-hours assistance from teachers. The diverse student body encourages cultural exchange and learning through a wide range of extracurricular activities, including sports, arts, music, and clubs. These activities, the school claims, enrich the students’ overall experience and help develop well-rounded individuals.
The school says boarders benefit from mentorship and guidance from experienced staff, with a focus on nurturing their physical, emotional, and academic well-being – and a plethora of activities are on offer to help boarders develop skills and interest.

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www: Boarding at Melbourne Grammar School
Co-curricular activities include: sport, theatrical and musical performance, debating, membership clubs and societies, book club, politics club, and LGR (Bushwalking).

Geelong College

For students seeking a dynamic and enriching co-educational experience, Geelong College promotes itself as offering outstanding academic opportunities and a warm and welcoming boarding environment. According to the school’s marketing material, boarding at Geelong College is “more than just a place to stay; it’s a supportive community that fosters personal growth, friendships, and lifelong memories”.

Geelong College provides boarding houses equipped with spacious bedrooms, communal areas for socialising and studying, and supervised kitchens for students to prepare meals.

Resident staff and houseparents offer guidance and support, helping students navigate the challenges of adolescence and academic life. Boarders have access to structured study sessions, tutors, and a quiet and focused environment designed to support learning.

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www: Boarding at Geelong College
Co-curricular activities include: music, drama, public speaking, debating, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, community service, and weekend excursions.

Ballarat Grammar School

Ballarat Grammar School boarding students live in well-appointed dormitories or houses, supervised by experienced staff members in a close-knit community. The school is proud of its pastoral care program that claims to prioritise student well-being and individual needs. Small class sizes help students access personalised attention and support.

The school places a strong emphasis on character development and leadership. Boarders are encouraged to take on leadership roles within the boarding community and the wider school, fostering skills designed to serve them well in their future endeavours.

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www: Boarding at Ballarat Grammar School
Co-curricular activities include: outdoor activities, sports, arts.

Wesley College

Boarding at Wesley College, the school says, is an enriching experience that goes beyond academics to foster an inclusive and supportive community where students from diverse backgrounds come together to live and learn. Boarders have access to experienced residential staff who offer guidance, mentorship, and academic support.

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The college promotes a healthy lifestyle through balanced meals, fitness facilities, and a focus on physical and mental well-being.

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www: Boarding at Wesley College
Co-curricular activities include: performing arts, music, sports, leadership.

Boarding in Victoria offers students an opportunity to receive a world-class education in nurturing and inclusive environments. With a strong focus on academic excellence, personal development, and a wide array of extracurricular activities, Victorian boarding programs provide a holistic educational experience that prepares the state’s students for a bright future.

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