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 housing 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. 

Mandelbaum House

Located within the university grounds close to the Sports & Aquatic Centre, Mandelbaum House provides housing in private bedrooms with your own basin. With only 38 residents (men and women), strong friendships are formed with Australian and fellow international residents. Common areas include a games room, lounge room, library, and rooftop area. Amenities also include laundry facilities and free rental bicycles which is popular among residents. 20GB Wi-Fi is also included per month.

Mandelbaum has a resident society who organize in-house events, social outings, and coordinate participation in an intramural sport and an arts competition. As a resident, you will have a meal plan (18 meals per week) with the flexibility to have a take-away or late meal. This gives you more time to study and explore Sydney as you don’t need to grocery shop, cook, or clean. In keeping with Mandelbaum House’s Jewish heritage, all meals are kosher but students of all backgrounds are welcomed.

Self-Catered Residences

If you prefer a more independent style of housing, 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 housing in a private bedroom within a five bedroom, two bathroom apartment, generally living with other international students. 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 located a short walk to the University of Sydney campus with 24-hour support and exciting social opportunities through the Residential Life program. All bedrooms are self-catered single occupancy and students share bathroom facilities which are located on each floor. QMB has a dorm-like feel with the added benefit of kitchenettes and skylounge on each floor. Other new facilities include a large communal kitchen, on-site gym, music room, theater, study/meeting rooms and bike storage. On the rooftop, there are communal BBQs, laundry facilities and a roof-top garden to admire Sydney’s skyline. A linen pack and internet plan will be provided to all Arcadia students.


Urbanest housing at Cleveland Street are recently built, self-catered student residence 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 will have a single bedroom with a private ensuite bathroom, and share the kitchen and living spaces with 4-5 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.