Victoria University was established in 1916 as Footscray Technical School, welcoming 300 students and 16 teachers. 1960 saw a major gender and cultural shift for the university. It saw the first women enroll in the day diploma course, and it also saw an increase in the number of people enrolling from Europe and Asia. Since its establishment, Footscray Technical School went through many formations and name changes with institutions across western Melbourne. It became Victoria University of Technology in 1990, and finally became Victoria University in 2005.
Victoria University today has 48,000 students and more than 13,400 international students studying in Australia or in one of VU's offshore partner institutions. VU has international exchange partnerships with over 120 institutions. The city of Melbourne plays a part in attracting international students to VU. Apart from being a diverse city, Melbourne was also voted the world's second best student city in 2016. VU has many student clubs and societies in different areas that include Arts and Music, Sports and Recreation, and Politics.