Living on or near campus in a residential college is a popular accommodation choice for international students. If you are looking an easy option for when you first arrive in Australia, this is the way to go.
What are Residential Colleges?
At a residential college, you’ll generally receive all your meals, as well as a weekly room clean. You’ll get a fully furnished bedroom, plus access to Wi-fi, library facilities and tutors.
Residential colleges have a strong emphasis on community participation, and will offer communal study and recreational spaces, as well as sporting events and social activities.
All colleges operate slightly differently; some specifically cater for international students, others offer gender segregation, some might be alcohol-free, some are secular, and others align with different faiths, while others will feel like party central.
In general, all colleges can cater for a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, halal, kosher, etc. Smaller colleges are reputed to have better catering, so keep that in mind if you are a fussy eater.
Most Residential Colleges offer:
- Bedroom furnished with a bed, mattress, wardrobe, study desk and chair.
- All utilities connected including the internet.
- All meals catered.
- Full access to college tutorials and the intercollegiate academic program.
- Communal laundry facilities.
- Air-conditioning and heating.
- 24-hour security and support staff on-site.
- Social and study activities.
- Study areas.
- Sports facilities & teams.
Positives of living in a Residential College
- Convenience. Everything is setup for you to move in.
- Great community feel – become a part of your college.
- Access to tutors and other study programs.
- Perfect for meeting other students.
- Lots of social and sporting events.
- A more expensive accommodation option.
- Can be restrictive in regards to curfews, visitors and house rules.
- Sharing a bathroom can be frustrating.
Depending on the apartment the price will vary. You can expect to pay between $200 and $750 a week, including most utilities.
Useful points for finding the right accommodation for you:
Facilities & house rules vary with premises so make sure you read all the details when you are looking for your new home. Make sure you read all the FAQs on the options that you are researching.
- What are the bond & lease conditions?
- What are the house rules – visitors, curfews, etc.?
- Locality – is it an area that you wish to live?
- Is the residential college open only during the academic year?