As a student at the University of Sydney, you will have the option of applying to live on campus in a Residential College or you can opt for housing in student apartments. As you read the information below, please be sure to review the general accommodation information for Australia.

Residential Colleges

The residential colleges at the university are well-established and steeped in tradition. As a member of a residential college, you will be part of a community of residents. This involves participating in organized social functions, eating together in the college dining hall and taking part in other activities. Most colleges have teams that compete against the other halls in a range of sports. Living in a college is an excellent way to meet local students and to make the most of your time in Australia, but it is not for everyone. The application process for residential colleges is very competitive.

Sancta Sophia College

Located near the sport arena and cricket oval, Sancta Sophia College houses students (women only) in single and shared bedrooms with communal bathroom facilities. Student life at Sancta Sophia is very social: you can participate in competitive or intramural sport, take part in the College’s drama productions or simply sit back and enjoy the musical talent of your college mates.

The Quadrangle is a popular gathering place for students and often used for social events. The common rooms, featuring leather couches, a grand piano and a sandstone fireplace, can be used daily as a place to sit back and relax or for other organized activities. A fully equipped kitchen allows you to prepare for at your leisure, though as part of your full meal plan, you will regularly dine with fellow residents.

Mandelbaum House

Located near to the Business School and Aquatic Centre, Mandelbaum House provides accommodation in private bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. With only 32 students, strong friendships are often formed with fellow residents. Common areas include a living room, games area and rooftop lounge. Amenities also include laundry facilities and rental bicycles which has proven popular among students. As a resident, a full meal plan is included, so you will dine with fellow residents. In keeping with Mandelbaum House’s Jewish heritage, all meals are kosher.

Self-Catered Residences

If you prefer a more independent style of accommodation, self-catered residences are available in the areas on and around campus. All apartments are close to cafes, restaurants and shops and feature kitchen facilities where you will prepare your own meals.

Sydney University Village

Located adjacent to campus in a friendly, secure community setting, Sydney University Village (SUV) offers students self-catered accommodation in a private bedroom within in a five bedroom, two bathroom apartment. Each apartment has an internal kitchen and loungeroom. There is an active SUV Residential Life Program which offers plenty of social and support opportunities. Other amenities include an outdoor BBQ and lawn area (which students can use for free), newly refurbished communal kitchen, recreation and games room, a cafe, laundry, convenience store and a resource center with computer, printing and scanning facilities. All Arcadia students will be provided with a linen pack and internet plan.

Queen Mary Building

The Queen Mary Building (QMB) is one of the closest accommodations to the University of Sydney campus with 24 hour support and an exciting Residential Life program. All bedrooms are self-catered single occupancy and students share bathroom facilities which are located on each floor. The QMB was purpose built in 2015 by the University of Sydney who had acquired the old nurse’s quarters of Royal Prince Albert Hospital.They developed the quarters into fabulous, unique student accommodation that recognizes the history of the building while providing fantastic communal spaces for its students. It has a dorm-like feel with the added benefit of kitchenettes and skylounge on each floor.Other facilities include a large communal kitchen, on-site gym, music room, theater, study/meeting rooms and bike storage. On the top floor there are communal BBQs and a roof-top garden to admire Sydney’s skyline. A linen pack and internet plan will be provided to all Arcadia students.


Urbanest accommodations at Cleveland Street and Sydney Central are newly built, self-catered student residences located within a short walk to the University of Sydney. The buildings are stylishly designed and have on-site staff 24/7. Arcadia students living here can indicate their preference for a single bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, or a twin share bedroom with an ensuite bathroom; in both bedroom types students share the kitchen and living spaces with 4-8 others. There are many social and support opportunities available to students through the uLife Program, including an intramural sports competition. Other amenities include an on-site gym, big screen TV, game room, iMac stations and large social areas with BBQs and communal cooking facilities. All students will be provided with linen, a kitchen pack and internet package.

*Please note that depending upon your accommodation assignment, an additional fee may apply. Please ask your Program Manager for details.