Explore RAD PODs

Our concept

A key feature of RMIT’s New Academic Street is flexibility of its spaces. The Retail Activation District (RAD) has a number of pop-up sites, Providing Opportunities for Development (PODs), creating destinations for events, activities, performances, markets and business opportunities for students, staff and alumni. There will be a total of four pop-ups –  two food & beverage offers and two retail product areas, with operators  changing on a regular basis to ensure diversity and engagement via change.

The four new spaces can be found in the New Academic Street Retail Activation District on level 4 Swanston Street & Bowen Terrace.

You can see exactly where they’ll be on our Interactive Map.


Who Can Use The Space?

These spaces are designed for staff & students to use as retail/hospitality initiatives.

Some ideas include; launching a new product/idea, testing your product in the marketplace, Selling your product in a diverse marketplace or setting up a gallery for your design work.

External applications will also be considered.

We are currently accepting Expressions of Interest.

Terms & Conditions


There is no hire fee for RMIT staff, students & alumni.

All Licensees will be required to pay a refundable security deposit upon booking confirmation. The amount of this deposit will be assessed & quoted upon application.

External applicants fees will be assessed upon application & quotations provided.

The venues must be left as they are found, in pristine condition. Any damage must be reported immediately to RAD@RMIT.edu.au. (Additional) Charges will be incurred in the case of damage to the property, additional cleaning &/or repairs required after bump out.

Locations will be allocated to the closest available dates to those requested.

Explore the RAD PODs

Launch the Interactive Map