A co-educational boarding school in metropolitan Melbourne.

Just eight kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Caulfield Grammar School provides boys and girls with an exceptional education in an environment where they can thrive. 

Boarders have the best of both worlds here – an outstanding school, along with all the benefits of living in one of the world’s most liveable cities. The beach, parks, cafes and shops are all within walking distance, and the city is just 15 minutes away by public transport. For rural and overseas students, it’s a great way to make the most of living in Melbourne.

The boarding experience

A place where a proud history meets the best of the future.

Boarding has been offered to students at Caulfield Grammar since the School first opened its doors in 1881. We have always valued the benefits of a residential community, providing an inclusive ‘home away from home’ for thousands of students over the years. Today, our facilities are certainly more modern, providing a comfortable and welcoming environment where our boarding experience continues to focus on student wellbeing as well as their education. 

Students may begin their boarding lives with mixed feelings, but when it’s time to leave it’s clear that boarding at Caulfield Grammar School is truly a unique and enriching experience. As a past student said to newcomers, “You’ll cry when you start, you’ll bawl when you leave.”

Our family orientation program helps with the transition to life as a boarding family. We place great importance on students achieving their academic potential and in fostering a strong sense of personal responsibility. 

Teachers also offer after-hours tutoring for students in the boarding house. Supervisors, many of whom are members of the teaching staff, provide excellent support with study, supervision and role modelling for boarders. This team of boarding house staff offers careful guidance in students’ social activities, meals and study routines.


The boarding house is spread across two buildings within Caulfield Campus and one building across the road. Girls and boys share common recreation and dining facilities, but are accommodated in separate boarding houses. Rooms are designed to complement the demands of the learning program with a variety of room configurations available in the form of single-bed rooms to three-bed rooms. All Year 12 students are given individual rooms. 

The perfect balance between rules and self-responsibility.

We believe in providing an environment that helps boarders develop the skills required for life. We have rules and we make sure they’re followed, but we also believe that children need to learn independence to stand them in good stead for life, so our rules allow for a degree of independence. The result is an environment where boarders are safe, accountable for their behaviour, and given the flexibility to leave the grounds, but only with permission. Our online system also allows parents to see on their phone when their children request this leave, allowing for open communication.

A family atmosphere.

It’s often said that boarding students at Caulfield Grammar are like one big family. In the School’s house system, all boarders are members of Morcom House, and it has one of the proudest senses of house spirit in the School. But it’s not just within the boarding house that friendships are forged. We strongly encourage boarders to mix with non-boarders, ensuring that boarders have a wider network of friends within the School community. 

To see evidence of this, one need only take a quick walk through the boarding house; the walls of bedrooms are adorned with countless photos of friends, a testament all the enriching interactions boarders enjoy. 

Endless ways to get the most out of school

Boarders are in an ideal position to take advantage of the wide range of co-curricular activities available at Caulfield Grammar School.

The depth and breadth of offering is extraordinary, with opportunities to be involved in many sports, music, drama, dance and outdoor activities. Whether it’s building sets for a production, performing on stage, training with a sports team or going rock climbing (to name but a few), there are options for learners of every kind. 

In Year 9, most students participate in our Expeditions cultural immersion experience, one that will stay with them for a lifetime. In other years, there are many incursions, excursions, and opportunities to travel interstate or overseas on tours that focus on areas of passion – like sport, music or future careers.

For children who love the outdoors, programs like the Duke of Edinburgh scheme offer opportunities to enjoy additional adventures, be it hiking, skiing, horse riding, kayaking and more. Within the School exists a wide range of opportunities to explore co-curricular interests like photography, debating, film making, chess and rock climbing – and of course, that’s in addition to all the sports and arts offered within the curriculum.

A dedicated 24/7 Health Centre.

It’s not just our staff that look after the boarders. We also have a Health Centre with a supervising registered nurse on site during the week and qualified first aid practitioners on weekends. So if your child does fall ill, they can most often be looked after on campus without the need for external assistance.

The added benefit of this is that our nurses also provide a maternal presence in the boarding house, often acting as a stand-in mum for boarders who need someone to show them how to mend a button or just remind them to open a window every now and again!

There’s always someone to talk to.

Adolescence can be a challenging period at times, and having the right people around can make a huge difference to how they feel in those moments when they need someone to talk to. We deliberately employ staff from a variety of ages, ethnicity and backgrounds, ensuring boarders have someone they feel a connection with, should they want advice or just a chat about something on their mind.  


Tim GallopHead of Boarding

Tim has been leading our residential community since 1997. While he continues to teach a little in the Physical Education faculty, Tim is passionate about the safety, happiness, setting challenges and guiding the achievement of all boarders while they live in Morcom House. Employing a wide and diverse staff team also assists in ensuring students have a breadth of adult resources to assist their day-to-day life in Melbourne.​

Boarding Life

Contact us for a conversation
or personal tour.

The best way to understand life as a Caulfield Grammar boarder is to take a personal tour. You’ll have an opportunity to chat with our boarding staff, see the facilities and get a good sense of what life is like here. Please contact our Admissions team to arrange your tour.

Telephone: + 613 9524 6333
Email: admissions@caulfieldgs.vic.edu.au

Boarding is available at Caulfield Campus: 217 Glen Eira Road, East St Kilda, Victoria 3183, Australia