Students studying at the University of New South Wales will have the option of applying to live in a Residential College or opting to live in the on-campus student apartments. As you read the information below, please be sure to review the general housing information for Australia.

Residential Colleges

The University of New South Wales has several residential colleges. If you live in a residential college, you will be part of a unique and active community: residents regularly dine together and are offered a diverse social calendar of events. Living in a residential college is an excellent way to meet other students.


A unique self-catered college community, 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. Many students comment that the communal kitchen is where many friendships are made. There will be many social and cultural events organized for you throughout the semester. Colombo House is a good fit for students who want their own bedroom and private bathroom, and for those students that are mature and independent but still want a close student community.


International House is ideal for those students wanting a full meal plan. At International House, each student is assigned their own bedroom, with shared bathroom facilities. International House offers a quiet and mature environment where social and sporting endeavors are a focus as well as academic success. There is an extensive program of cultural, social activities that are offered throughout the semester.

Student Apartments

Barker Steet Apartments

The Barker Street Apartments are the most economical housing option on offer. Barker Street Apartments are located on the UNSW campus, overlooking the Village Green. Students will be housed in 5-bedroom apartments. Each student has their own bedroom complete with desk, bed, chair and wardrobe. Each apartment has a shared living room and kitchen. The Barker Street Apartments are a good fit for students who are very independent and confident in making friendships through classes or joining clubs and societies on campus. Please note students will be responsible for purchasing their own crockery, saucepans and utensils upon arrival.

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