55 Maud Street, Geelong, Victoria 3220 0387722903

The Iconic: a heritage history

After 160 years, The Iconic has come full circle as a place for students to call home. We invite you to experience this rare and splendid monument to Victoria’s past.

Designed by architects Backhouse and Reynolds, this Tudor Gothic building was the original site of Geelong Grammar School. The Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Barkly, laid its foundation stone in 1857 with the Bishop of Melbourne and the Archdeacon of Geelong in attendance. The student boarder population grew rapidly to call 55 Maud Street their home.

After the school relocated to a larger site in 1914, the building was subdivided into a factory and a guesthouse called the Dysart Private Hotel. In 1961, it was again converted into the Reformed Theological College then later a private residence.

Fast – forward to 2018:

55 Maud Street had fallen into a state of disrepair , however we had a grander vision for the historic site – once again it would serve as a base for students in the heart of Geelong.

Today, The Iconic boasts 28 premium dormitories in a peaceful and gorgeous setting.

Why The Iconic?


Surrounded by the natural and architectural beauty of our grounds, you’ll find a place to call your own. The Iconic boasts modern facilities while still preserving the historic quadrangular design, central courtyard, steep roof gables, decorated barges and rendered bluestone and basalt walls.


In consultation with Heritage Victoria, we undertook painstaking repairs to restore the building’s original beauty. You’ll be the first to experience the charming renovated interiors, balconies and garden setting. There are brand new washrooms, kitchens and laundry facilities as well as complete rewiring work, modern plumbing and heating and cooling systems.


The Iconic is located in Central Geelong, close to public transport and amenities. You’ll live a few blocks away from the vibrant town centre boasting restaurants, cafes, shopping, banks, libraries, parks, galleries and more. For a weekend break, Melbourne is just an hour away by train or car. You can also take a short drive to popular beachfront communities on the Bellarine Peninsula or the Great Ocean Road just south of Geelong.


One of the best things about living at The Iconic is being part of a student community. Together with fellow residents, you’ll enjoy a peaceful setting to rest, study, work and play. We provide multiple common areas for relaxation as well as fun activities: BBQ days, movie nights, pool table, table tennis, board games and more!


For your comfort and safety, 24/7 security and CCTV systems are present throughout the grounds and all common areas. The only access to the building and main corridors is by a monitored access system. Bedroom access is by a keyless system unique to each room. A monitored fire alarm system and sprinkler system provide added safety.

Modern Facilities

The Iconic is fully equipped with 21st century amenities, including fast WiFi Broadband connectivity in all bedrooms and common areas and large LCD televisions in lounges. For added convenience, we’ve also installed intercoms and keyless room access.