As a student at the University of New South Wales, you will live on campus. You will have the option of applying to live in a Residential College or you will live in student apartments. As you read the information below, please be sure to review the general accommodation information for Australia.
University of New South Wales has a vibrant residential college environment. If you live in a residential college, you will be part of a unique and active community: residents regularly dine together, participate in hall social events and even compete against other halls in sporting contests. While this is an excellent way to meet Australian students, the application process can be competitive. A limited number of spaces are available for Arcadia students at The Kensington Colleges, New College, Shalom College, Fig Tree Hall, and Colombo House.
The Kensington Colleges (TKC) were the first residential colleges established at UNSW and today are among the largest, housing 900 students. The hall prides itself on its diverse student population and strong sense of community through sport, social and charitable activities. At TKC, you will be housed in single bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities in one of three halls: Basser, Baxter or Goldstein. You will dine with fellow residents in Goldstein Dining Hall, which has been likened to Hogwarts in part due to its long rows of wooden tables and cavernous interior. Note there are a limited number of rooms offered on single gender floors.
Founded on Christian faith and values, New College warmly welcomes students of all faiths or none, from every culture and background, from all around the globe. The College’s Students’ Association arranges social events, sports competitions and other excursions. You will eat with fellow residents in the College’s dining hall and can relax in the main common room. New College is a dry college, so alcoholic beverages are prohibited on college grounds.
Originally established as a residential college for Jewish students, Shalom College celebrates diversity and multiculturalism and accommodates students irrespective of religious affiliation. Located on the Village Green of campus, you will live in a single bedroom with weekly cleaning service. Some rooms feature private, en suite bathrooms while others have shared bathroom facilities. You will also have access to communal lounges, TV rooms, courtyard, games and reading rooms. The Resident Society arranges social activities, sports teams and outings around Sydney and the surrounding area. You will eat in the college dining hall with fellow residents. In keeping with the college’s Jewish heritage, all food is kosher.
Unlike the other colleges at UNSW, Fig Tree Hall is fully-catered and alcohol-free. Fig Tree Hall offers some male and female only floors. All rooms have their own private bathroom, which will incur an extra surcharge. Fig Tree Hall is the perfect fit for students who want a quieter college yet still want to have a meal plan and an array of social and cultural activities available to them.
A unique self-catered college community located adjacent to the Kensington Colleges, Colombo House is ideal for students who enjoy the benefits of a well-integrated community but also enjoy a sense of independence. You will be responsible for cooking your own meals in large, fully-equipped, architecturally-designed kitchens. At Colombo House there will be many social and cultural events organized for you that you can choose to participate in. Colombo House is a good fit for students who are mature and independent but still want a close student community.
Recently built, the stylish University Terraces offer self-catered apartment-style accommodation in studio, one-bedroom apartment and two-bedroom apartment units conveniently on campus. Each unit features a private bathroom and an efficient kitchenette. Other amenities include rooftop gardens, common lounges and laundry facilities. There are also retail shops, including a supermarket, on the ground floor and the campus Fitness & Aquatic Center is next door.
At the University Terraces, students will be required to purchase their own crockery and utensils upon arrival.