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Facilities and Services

Offices of the Director, Dean and the Registrar

Office hours are ordinarily 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday.

Telephone: (+61 3) 9417 4349. There is voicemail for after hours calls or when the office is busy or unattended.

Fax: (+61 3) 9417 2107

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photocopying, Phones, Fax, Internet and Email

Photocopying is available at the Mannix Library. Email and internet access is available in the Institute Student Resource Room. Wireless internet access is also available upon request via the Registrar or Administration Assistant.


Subject readers are available from the Registrar’s Office. Required textbooks will be available from:

  • the Central Catholic Bookshop at 322 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, near St Francis’ Church, (03) 9639 0844
  • the John XXIII Fellowship Co-op Bookshop, (03) 9578 2706
  • selected bookshops interstate.

Students are able to purchase, at a discount, magisterial texts used frequently in subjects.


The collection at the Mannix Library has been built up over many decades to serve the regional seminary and the three teaching institutes in the complex. As a result it is now accumulating specialisations in studies of the human person, marriage and the family, and bioethics. Upon payment of tuition fees, students enjoy full use of the Mannix Library.

For opening hours, catalogue access or for more information, please visit the Mannix Library website.


The Thomas Carr Centre at 278 Victoria Parade has excellent lecture halls and seminar rooms. The Institute also has shared computers and study spaces for students.
There is a student common room available on the ground floor of the Thomas Carr Centre where drinks, basic snacks, refrigerators and microwaves are available. There is also a small kitchen available on the third floor (where the JPII Institute offices are located) that students are welcome to use.

Banks, Post Office, Pharmacy

All major services are available within easy walking distance of the Institute, including banking, post office, pharmacy, stationery and travel agency within a block.

Medical Services

The Institute is very close to several major hospitals and medical centres. Students are expected to make their own arrangements. International students must obtain Overseas Student Health Cover. For further information, see the   pdf International Student Guide (106 KB) .

Housing & Accommodation

Although the Institute does not provide on-campus housing for its students, there is a range of accommodation options available, and we can help find one to suit you.

The Institute is within walking distance of several hotels and other temporary accommodation that offer suitable options for students studying shorter-term courses.

For students studying longer courses, accommodation may be arranged at other university colleges. Many students live in privately leased flats and student houses close to the Institute in the suburbs of Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton. These suburbs have a strong supply of student accommodation and services since they are located near the Australian Catholic University, RMIT, Victoria University and the University of Melbourne. For further information, contact the Real Estate agents operating in the area. See www.realestate.com.au 

We also recommend the RMIT housing advisory service: www.rmit.edu.au 

The student body at JPII is a very warm and welcoming one, and current students have often provided new students with a place to stay.

For clerical and religious students, accommodation in presbyteries or religious houses can be arranged.

For further information about accommodation, contact the Dean on (+61 3) 9417 4349 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Costs of living in Australia

For information on the costs of living in Australia, see: