La Trobe University

La Trobe University (Bundoora).

Bundoora Campus. Photo credit: Love It Landscaping

La Trobe is based in Bundoora, a suburb 16km from Melbourne's CBD. Other large campuses are in Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga. La Trobe has 35,000+ students, with many from overseas. If you've ever attended La Trobe, you're welcome to post a review and let other people know about your experiences.

La Trobe Rating

User Rating 2.6 (68 votes)
Comments Rating 1.79 (19 reviews)

Student Reviews

31 Responses

  1. b
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    Toxic University

    Terrible university, little to no support for students and awful teaching standards. Lecturers who are constantly editing power points during lectures as they have made constant mistakes. We had an exam were our teacher actually admitted to having questions on the exam for a subject we had not been taught yet.

    There is no support for anyone with health conditions and very little flexibility. University should be a place where students feel comfortable and encouraged to study, La Trobe is not that place!

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  2. wayne
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    Once you graduate you will be abandoned and left with an unusable degree

    I completed a biomedical science degree to find out I cannot use the marks from the course because they took some kind of shortcut with my credits. Somehow subjects within the same course are unspecified credits. So all my marks are 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0. Every time I contact them, all they are interested in is ending the conversation because they dont want to put the effort in helping me get my marks back.

    Do not study there if you want to apply to another course afterwards administrative staff are terrible.

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  3. Harry
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    Consider reading a 1983 textbook instead- its that same content, only cheaper

    Administration and support is disappointing. Course content was out of date and 90% of online modules were pre-recorded lectures from a drone of an academic that has no real-world experience of how to actually apply the principles and theories. When enrolling, I was informed of being able to receive credit transfers and recognised prior learning for almost half of the subjects… none of this was true and instead was enrolled and charged for the subjects without any notice and now still fighting to have the charges withdrawn 12 months on. Nothing more than a money grabbing institution disguised as higher education.

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  4. Bibek
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    La trobe actually needs to think

    La trobe actually needs to think about being an education provider rather than a business. university playing with students future for the sake of money is a shame. many stories from friends and past students about how la trobe intentionally fails international students during the end of their degree just so that they can force them to stay and pay came to be true. the administrative departement is very rude and unfriendly.

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  5. Mr
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    Worst academics, lousy course coordinator

    La Trobe- Bendigo Campus.

    I had attended another University prior to La Trobe, man what a difference.
    La Trobe was hopeless… I studied Paramedicine here for a couple of years, very disappointing. Went to another Uni, couldn’t transfer many units so the whole thing is a waste of time and money. Happier now at my new Uni. Leaving was the best decision I made.

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  6. MS
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    all about the money, not the education

    As a former student I needed to get additional information about my qualifications for an international qualification recognition body. The School of Education ignored all my emails until I made a formal complaint.
    The administration at this university is really horrible. Rudeness of being ignored or lectured by email by entitled petty bureaucrats is really the lowest it can get. What a disappointing mess this university has become. Do not expect anything from these ignorant self-important petty bureaucrats once they have your money.

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  7. Adi
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    Why do I have to pay to graduate????

    Hi studied at the bundoora campus, the campus is beautiful. Activities are good too. The quality of education is not that great but the worst part you have to pay Additional $300 just to graduate. You even have to pay $65 to get a picture of you receiving the degree. Thats just so disappointing. After paying thousands of $$ to the university for the education, they cant even afford to click a picture of you, let alone letting you graduate. Thats such a money making scheme and cheap of their part (on every university’s part who pulls such stuff)

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    • Dasey
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      I don’t think is directly related to the teaching, I think your just complaining.

  8. JG
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    The potential is there but ultimately disappointing

    I studied at both the Melbourne and Bendigo campuses, a Bachelor of Arts in History and English

    First of all, the campuses are both quite nice places to be. Bendigo is exceptionally quiet, Melbourne/Bundoora always seemed busy. They are both pretty clean and well maintained with decent facilities. Once you’ve memorised your way around they’re pretty easy to navigate

    An issue I had with Melbourne’s campus is the lack of parking… you might look at a campus map and say whoa! look at all that delicious parking! I can’t wait to park my mum’s magna right there! Despite paying exorbitant fees I would often arrive for my classes to find all of the regular student carparks completely full with people circling, fighting for spots like they were at Highpoint on a summer weekend. Often when you find a free park in situations like this, it’s in a zone you haven’t got a permit for. The parking situation was only getting worse when I finished my degree mid-year. They do have transport options (there are always buses in and out of campus) but in my case, living closer to Bendigo, driving in was my only option.

    No such complaints about Bendigo, it’s a peaceful place with shops, petrol stations etc very close. When I studied there in 2016/2017 they had only a single student run cafe, which often closed early while classes were still running. It’s a charming place though surrounded by bushland reserves. Get used to climbing stairs because there’s plenty there. Also because of the smaller student numbers it’s easy to get to know students and teachers, you often see the same people in various classes.

    Regarding the teaching staff…
    There were some positively excellent teaching staff at La Trobe (both campuses). Mostly of the English discipline, I have to say. Passionate, knowledgable and genuinely invested in students’ development. The English teachers in particular were often highly critical, open-minded people who would offer exceptional feedback and usually support you if you wanted to take your research assignments in a strange direction. I have never been rewarded so well for sticking my neck out and taking risks, and I always felt free to explore topics with any political or social angle. The level to which they engage with your writing and ideas was remarkable and I am very thankful for it. Absolutely the best thing about the degree and I would recommend studying English at La Trobe to anybody.

    History was a bit of a different deal unfortunately…. nothing prepared me for how politicised and how ego-driven this discipline is at this university. I always considered History to be a place for the pure pursuit of truth and somewhere to exercise nuanced research and essay-writing to its fullest extent. Quite the opposite. I recall I didn’t precisely parrot one particular lecturer in a research essay and wrote about something else I found relevant and compelling. I was given an anomolously low grade (like 20 marks lower than anything I had achieved in half my degree so far). I politely asked for a remark and for some idea where I had gone wrong. In his email (the signature of which was a list of awards he had won, I know, how tasteful) this gentleman simply said I hadn’t repeated what he’d explained in the lecture and that because he had marked it, the mark couldn’t possibly need review. Great. I guess the point of research essays isn’t critical thought but repeat-after-me? The feedback in cases like this was absolutely useless too.

    In another case, I put two weeks of work into a research assignment only to be told in the feedback that, essentially, I had arrived at the wrong conclusion. The language was vague but the meaning was stunningly clear, and I couldn’t believe it. It was clear to me then that the topic question was a loaded one, and there was no room for nuance or deviation in research. I had failed to give the tutor/lecturer what they wanted and was punished. A few weeks later I handed in another research report where I effectively took the piss and played on their apparent political and social bias. I wrote it in 45 minutes and it achieved a high A. The lesson here is that if you study history and you suspect the teachers have some form of bias or are fishing for research outcomes, give them exactly what they want and you will be rewarded. Don’t think for yourself!

    On the administration…
    A pure swamp of bureaucracy. The ASK La Trobe service is often useless and you will need to take everything you are told by them with a grain of salt. Do not rely on their information for important matters relating to your enrollment. Halfway through my degree I decided to swap campuses. I contacted ASK La Trobe and they said it was as easy as filling out a form, and then I’d be at my new campus. But wait, surprise, things are never that simple when there is a chain of administrative droids involved! I was not given credit for half of the subjects I had just completed, removed from my old course structure to which I had previously adhered to the letter, and told that I would need to study for a further twelve months to make up all the missing points and to qualify for the new degree structure that they had placed me on.

    Long story short, I spent my entire summer holidays emailing back and forth with ASK La Trobe only for my case to be constantly closed without an outcome, my emails ignored, etc. Fed up, I went right to the BA coordinator. Just in time, in my first week back I was approved, finally, to study my old degree and was awarded full credit for my previous subjects. It was a real mess of a time and really dampened my experience though. That whole summer I had believed my degree would take an extra year and I had worked for nothing because of some bad advice from ASK La Trobe. You might suggest that moving campus was like switching universities and I should have known this all along – great, but I didn’t know this. I ASKed La Trobe and they got it wrong, then stonewalled me. if you ever need proper help you need to contact the people in charge or nothing will ever be done for you.

    Also, their online systems are shocking. The LMS commonly would have errors or malfunctions. For the longest time the interface was frustrating to navigate and made no sense. It appears to be up to the teachers to construct the individual class pages, so in many cases we would be weeks into a subject with the LMS page still being developed, critical information missing, no access to readings or lectures, and out of date subject guides. For one particular subject, the marks for weekly assessed tasks were never published which meant unless you contacted the tutor, you had no idea how you were performing. The calendar never worked and left many assessment tasks off. The icons to tell you there are assignments due never disappeared when you handed in work, so it perpetually looked as though you had assignments upcoming. The pages were slow and happy to crash. I could rattle on all day about how awful the online component is.

    Basically, if you’re interested in English literature and want to study at La Trobe, as long as you never need administrative assistance I would say give it a go, you will be rewarded with a great degree. History… maybe not so much. La Trobe really is a mixed bag. Sadly I had some pretty poor experiences over my degree with really spoiled the whole affair and I got to the end thankful that I could go and do my post-grad stuff elsewhere

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  9. Cc
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    Don’t expect to gain Transfer Credit from La Trobe to any other University in Australia

    Don’t expect to receive much university credits from transferring from la trobe to any other universities within Australia. I was told although it may be the “same” degree La trobe standard and criteria for learning especially nursing is very below average. I completed half of my nursing degree at la trobe and transferred to ACU for better teaching and organisation. Best thing I have done, however the down fall of La trobe being below the nursing standards I have to restart my 3 year degree. Therefore it’s taking me 5.5 years to complete

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  10. Brett
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    complete balls up

    Quite simply an unadulterated clusterf##k, given the wrong textbook information, the online learning system is an absolute joke, I couldn’t even see a subject I was enrolled in for almost a week and was told it’s a known issue. They just moved over their Learning Managemant System to Moodle, apparently other universities use it, it’s an absolute nightmare to navigate, some of the classes I have been enrolled in even put this assignments in the modules section so everytime you need to see what tasks have to be completed you waste 45 minutes trying to find it, there’s a perfectly good “assignments” tabe but apparently that’s only good for a submit button. Whatever you do don’t study her, especially online, Not even worth half a star

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  11. Anant
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    Some suggestions please

    I am willing to apply for the masters of information and communication technology in la trobe. Can anyone tell me that is it a good choice or not. I hav got some positive reviews of the university, is it worthy?

    • Sam joseph
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      Dont come to La trobe University

      I do not recommend this course as the teaching staff is rude and does not enjoy teaching. You wont find it worth to attend the lectures. Trust me brother they wont even pass you in the subject. They just need your money.

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  12. Amy
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    Master of Teaching (Primary)

    Is anyone studying or took the Master of Teaching (Primary) at La Trobe? Im thinking of doing it online.

  13. Zac
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    First impressions?

    I visited their Future Students Centre for a one-on-one consultation booking. The Marketing Officer promised to provide some information about the transfer of units between two degrees I was interested in enrolling in. It has been a month now, and they still have not provided the information; despite having reminded them. This combined with the other admin issues I have read in others’ comments below gives me caution. If they don’t care about potential students, how much less will they care for you once you have enrolled and handed over your money.

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    Great Place to study

    LaTrobe University has a great campus in Melbourne Victoria, many of the lecturers are the very same that teach at other institutes like Melbourne University. At the end of the day it all depends on your attitude to learning and what you want to get out of your course. I recommend this University highly .

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  15. Mr Accountant
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    Toilet Roll

    I am former student of LaTrobe University. I visited Bundoora campus after 10 years to see how it’s going as I have two cousins coming from overseas.

    I went there and wanted to use washroom but none of washroom had toilet roll. Of course, level 3 was closed due to renovation.

    I approach female security who was sitting at the entrance. She said she is just security guard and she can’t do anything. I was shocked by her response and now I am believing that the class of this university has gone down significantly.

    Not going again.

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  16. sunil.g
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    Worst university to join .Dont bother joining this if you want a career in Australia

    one of the worst universities in Australia. Joined here in masters in masters in mental health N .The staff ,mostly lecturers response to your emails or doubts is appalling. Overseas students are usually tricked into this uni by giving them easy admissions .No way will they prepare you to the industry .The courses in here are not informative. The learning management system through which the education is offered is not user friendly at all. Even the enrolment is pretty hard for a non-technocrat to understand .As a personal experience I have seen that no one is accountable. They don’t respond to your emails.They really don’t care once you pay the fee .I Now moved to RMIT uni even the credits or subjects that were done in Latrobe were not transferrable as they don’t meet the standards of RMIT and they said the courses I did were pretty generic and cannot be given credits. Overall its A waste of time energy and money.

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  17. Emerson Palma
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    Alumni Member for Post Graduate Studies and am doing another Masters of Management (HRM and Project Mgt) through them!

    Have completed a Grad Cert and Grad Dip in Rehabilitation, am now shifting to a Masters of Management (HRM/Project Mgt), I have found online learning to be a swift and efficient learning curve at La Trobe. I would recommend La Trobe to any online student. However, I am stuck, as I have just been offered a Master of HRM at RMIT also online. La Trobe has given me the Excellence Scholarship (25% off your whole course) which is amazing…Hmmm…

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  18. Laura
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    Latrobe Shepparton is a campus that does not care about the numbers of students they are enrolling. Students are seen as an income and not the paying customers. Nursing classes are so full that many students are missing the opportunity to ask questions and develop their clinical skills further. Unorganised University who blame the students for their mistakes. Will defintly be spending my money elsewhere for further education. Not worth the time, degree or the stress that I have experienced being at Latrobe University.

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    • Stephanie
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      Go anywhere else

      I completely agree with you. I transferred in from another university and I hated it here. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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    • Elizabeth Parkinson
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      Horrible University

      I’m in the process of potentially suing La Trobe University and your comment relates to the claims I’ll be making. Would love your input.

  19. Pravin
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    Is it a better choice

    Hey guys I might be a future student of Latrobe in 2018 and I got an offer letter for master of international business. Someone please give me a feedback about the course in the corresponding Univ. Also I got an offer for master of engineering management in CQU MELBOURNE and I I’m confused about choosing the right course and Univ.

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    • Dayanand
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      Latrobe or CQU

      Hi pravin, I’m trying for something similar too..Latrobe and CQU… kindly mail me at ardaya22ukay@gmail… will get in touch with you

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  20. Yilek
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    As a past student at the Bundoora Campus, I have seen the admin side of Latrobe change into something much more disappointing. The streamlining of individual student services into ASK Latrobe is frustrating and a waste of time. It appears the system sends the same generic email is sent to all students but not taking into account course or individual circumstances. Prior to the change, students could speak directly with someone who understood the situation. I understand the savings of costs is an important factor but as a student, this change has not helpful in anyway whatsoever.

    The course however, was very enjoyable and La Trobe has attracted a wealth of knowledge in their lecturers and tutors. La Trobe is very lucky to be able to provide future students with this high level of expertise.

  21. Disappointed
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    l was highly disappointed with La Trobe as a future student. I was given the wrong dates for application into a course that l really wanted to do. I commenced my application and waited for the opening date so that l could submit only to receive an email today to say applications closed last week so they wont be accepting my application.

  22. Dini
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    Excellent university to come out with great academic skills. You ll get all guidance and pathways towards your goal .
    Beautiful campus , just like a tourist spot for landscape views.
    Feeling good to be a latrobian.
    Good luck.

  23. student
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    Friendly atmosphere. Beautiful campus. Most were good to very good lecturers. Not in the city which might be a + or – depending on your perspective. Enjoyed my time there.

  24. Chee Liu
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    Had a great time there (Bundoora). Nice campus with lots of nature surroundings and wildlife (Parrots, cockatoo, kangaroos at night, foxes etc). It is relatively far to the city but there are many transport options available. Quality of the teachers are overall good.

  25. Greg
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    Being the largest campus by area in Melbourne, combined with a parkland feel creates a wonderful environment to live and study. It is 15 km from the city, but in return it has built a strong and vibrant campus culture to accommodate for the distance. It has a diverse student body with people from all different backgrounds. I’ve had a few bad lecturers, but the good ones have had such a profound impact on me that I couldn’t mark it down too much. For anyone who has lived in communal accommodation/boarding the colleges are not too bad. The food by those standards is B/C+. The social atmosphere was great. I will say that, aside from the scenery, you will need to seek out what makes La Trobe great. The more you are involved on campus, the better the university experience becomes.

  26. The toe cutter
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    Fantastic rural feel with high levels of prac within the community

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