About our maps

This website is designed to help you get around.

The University of Melbourne is a very big place, spread over many sites, and almost every student and staff member has experienced the frustration of getting lost. We hope to change that.

Finding places

You can find maps on Google, or the University Search. All buildings, and many significant locations have their own page (well over 500!), that are indexed for searching. It's the easiest way of quickly finding a map.

Of course, you can also come to the maps site, and browse to a location. You'll see the pages follow a logical structure of Campus > Building > Location, that makes searching, browsing, and even guessing URLs, as easy as possible.

Deeper searching

Of course, there are far more than 500 places on campus you may need to find. For those, you can use the map search tool you'll find in the top left corner of any map.

Just start typing into the search field to reveal locations, and select one to view it on the map.

This works, even for those locations without names. You can search by building and room number, like 110 b01, which will return the Copeland Theatre (room B01) in the Spot (building 110).

The search tool changes scope depending on where you are within the site. On 'generic' pages, like the home page, or the directions page, the search is across all campuses. Once you're in a campus section, though, the search is only within that campus.

Of course, you can also browse the map. Click, zoom, and drag to find locations. Use the level bar on the left to switch to a different floor, and click on a location to reveal a pop-up that displays any known information about the location.

Your location

Seeing where you are works just like Google, Apple, or any other maps. Clicking the target icon on the right side of the map shows (with permission), your location close as possible.

If you are connected to UniWireless, this should be faster, more accurate. If you're indoors, it can even switch the floor level of the map to the one you're currently on.

Getting directions

Once you've found what you're looking for you can get directions. There are options for getting directions from location pages, or from the pop-up that displays when you click, or search. You can use your own location, or another found location as the start or end point.

Once directions are displayed, you can reverse them, and you can choose to 'avoid obstacles' - avoiding stairs and other barriers.

For the initial release, the directions only display a blue line. Step by step, text descriptions are coming soon.

Advanced user tip: Right click the "End here" link, and copy the link location. You've got a link you can send to someone of any location. Show someone how to get right to your office!

The data

For those who are interested, the map you are looking at pulls data together from many different sources.

  • The base map data is from OpenStreetMap.org rendered by MapBox.
  • The buildings overlay comes from MazeMap, based on data drawn from the University's own building management system.
  • The MazeMap search data is a blend of (mostly) the University's data, with a little from OpenStreetMap.
  • Directions are provided by MazeMap based on data provided by the University within buildings, and OpenStreetMap outside buildings.
  • Some pages include photographs owned by the University, and some show embedded Google Street View.

So, it's complicated!

If you do find problems let us know by submitting feedback, or by raising a helpdesk ticket online, or by calling +40888.

If you'd like to know more, visit the the Digital Wayfinding Project page in Staff Hub.