You will have the option of applying to live in a self-catered Residential College environment, or to reside in the on-campus student apartments. As you read the information below, please be sure to review the general information for Housing in Australia.

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A unique self-catered facility, Colombo House is a hybrid model between a traditional college and apartment-style living. It is ideal if you enjoy the benefits of a well-integrated collegiate community, with a sense of independence. Colombo House provides an active and engaging living environment, where residents regularly cook and dine together and are offered a diverse range of social, cultural, and sporting events. Full-time staff reside in Colombo House, providing additional personal, academic, and cultural support for students. Living in Colombo is an excellent way to meet domestic and international students, with 240 residents from over 50 countries around the world.

At Colombo House, 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, dining on the delicacies of differing cultures. Colombo House is a wonderful fit for students who want their own bedroom and private bathroom, and for mature students who enjoy their independence but desire engagement in a culturally diverse student community. Linen packages are included in the housing fee.


International House (IH) is a fully catered housing facility located in the heart of UNSW campus. It is one of the oldest residences on campus, so may be considered a little dated, but the residence provides incredible value for a fully catered college at a Sydney institution. It provides a wonderful balance of postgraduate and undergraduate students, including domestic, full-time international, exchange and study abroad students.

International House provides an ideal atmosphere for those seeking a quieter community campus environment with many opportunities through organised gatherings and events to meet fellow students. It allows you the opportunity to meet friendly and engaging students from all over the world, with cultural diversity and tolerance being very important concepts to the college environment. IH provides you with an individual bedroom with shared bathroom facilities; all meals provided; campus wifi; study rooms; BBQ facilities; on-site laundry facilities and opportunities for student leadership and volunteering. As part of your housing arrangement at International House, your room will be cleaned bi-weekly. Linen packages are included in the housing fee. 

Student Apartments


The Barker Street Apartments are the slightly more economical housing option on offer at UNSW Sydney, located on the heart of campus. You will be housed in 5-bedroom apartments which include a shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge room facilities, with each student having their own bedroom complete with desk, bed, chair and wardrobe. Other features include 24-hour campus security; an outdoor BBQ area; a coin operated laundry and Community Assistants (CA) living on-site. The CA role is to engage with residents, facilitate social activities and act as the first point of contact for any issues or problems that may arise.

The Barker Street Apartments are a good fit for students who are quite independent and confident in making friendships with roommates; through classes and the clubs/societies on campus. Please note students may be responsible for purchasing their own crockery and cooking utensils upon arrival (although many departing residents do leave these items for arriving students). Linen packages are included in the housing fee.


UNSW Village is located on UNSW campus, a short walk to all facilities and classrooms. Students will be housed in 6-bedroom apartments with a king single bed in your room which includes a desk and large wardrobe; shared bathroom and kitchen facilities and onsite laundry facilities. Other features include access to Campus WIFI; a games room; BBQ deck and dedicated study spaces. UNSW Village also has supportive onsite staff with the office open 24/7.

Please note students may be responsible for purchasing their own crockery and cooking utensils upon arrival (although many departing residents do leave these items for arriving students). Linen packages are included in the housing fee.

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