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 housing information for Australia.

Residential Colleges

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

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.

Colombo House 

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.


UNSW Hall offers students great value for money. Living at UNSW Hall, you will have your own bedroom with shared bathroom facilities. You will have a partial meal plan which includes breakfast and dinner catered for you everyday. UNSW Hall is located right in the middle of campus ensuring you will be close to everything that UNSW has to offer. Students should note that the buildings at UNSW Hall are an older style, but the small community feel with only 208 students and the full social calendar of events more than makes up for this.

Student Apartments

University Terraces

Recently built, the stylish University Terraces offer self-catered apartment-style housing in two bedroom apartments. Each unit features a private bathroom and a kitchenette which includes a sink, microwave, stove top, refrigerator and freezer. Other amenities include a rooftop garden and laundry facilities. The terraces 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.