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What you need to know

If our FAQs section wasn’t enough, here is some extra information about living on campus.

College Expectations

Our residents are generally aged between 18-22 and come from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds, from Australia and all over the world. Being part of such as a diverse community usually means students face new and challenging experiences, especially for students who are moving away from home for the first time.

Living in College means you will be living in an independent environment where you will be responsible for maintaining your own balance between your academic, work and social commitments.  You are responsible for your own cleaning, washing, ironing and for those who live in self-catering, this means cooking and shopping for food as well.

It is vital for students living on-campus to have the capacity to respect others even when differences are great.  Our diverse community means that residents will have different beliefs, values, experiences, communication styles and expectations. Being respectful, promoting social tolerance and using open communication will be essential for you to have a happy living environment at College.

When you live in College, you will realise it is more than just having a room close to class, you will grow as an individual, develop new skills and understand that being an active member in your College community is key to having a great university experience. Yes, from time to time, you will experience distractions and there maybe some noise, but we can promise you that your College experience will be the best experience of your life and you will make life-long friendships.

BBQ Areas

BBQ Areas are provided in each College for all residents to use for social occasions such as BBQ dinners with friends at College!  To use contact the Accommodation Services office or the On Call RA to unlock the BBQ.  All we ask is that you clean the BBQ and BBQ area when you are finished so that it is left nice and clean for others to use.

Bicycle Shed

All colleges have bike sheds where students can store their set of environmentally friendly wheels. Excellent bike pathways link residential areas to all buildings on main campus and residents are encouraged to use bikes as an alternative means of transport. To access a bike shed, contact Accommodation Services for access.


How clean your room is will depend only on how well you clean it. It is your responsibility to keep your bedroom and shared living areas clean and well maintained.  Bathrooms and common areas are cleaned by professional cleaners regularly.

Swimming Pools

During the Summer months, all residents can take advantage of two swimming pools located at Edwards Hall and International House.  Pools are open from 8:00am to 10:00pm daily.

Insurance of Personal Property

We encourage all residents to take out their own insurance policy to cover their personal belongings in the college. Accommodation Services do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal property of college residents.


All of the colleges have laundry facilities.

Orientation Week

Orientation Week (O week) is held the week prior to the start of each academic semester, teaching students how to be residents. It also provides an opportunity for new residents to meet each other as well as the residential staff. This week includes activities, talks and tours that help new residents familiarise themselves with the college and university environment. Orientation activities typically include beach tours, toga parties, mystery dinners, scavenger hunts, pancake dinners and games nights.

Residential Staff

All of the colleges employ residential staff who assist in the general administration of the college and act as college leaders, particularly for first year students. Residential staff members are classed as Residential Coordinators and Residential Assistants.


In the event of an emergency, residents can contact on call residential staff that are trained to respond to and support students. For security reasons, all residents are advised to lock their doors while absent from their rooms. For the added protection of residents and their property, the campus grounds are patrolled at night on a random basis by university security officers. Be warned, propping open fire doors and leaving front doors unsecured may result in costly fines.

Shuttle Services

A FREE shuttle bus service operates for residents to and from the residential precinct and key locations around campus, including the Hunter and Shortland Buildings and the train station.  Bus pick up/drop off points are located at each College and the service operates between 8:00am to 10:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday during the semester.

A FREE shuttle bus service also operates for residents to and from the local shopping centre every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm during the semester.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted inside, or within 5 metres of any university building.

Sport and Culture

If you love sport, don’t miss your opportunity to become a college hero. The colleges face off in the intercollegiate sports competition across the sports of tennis, soccer, basketball, swimming and cross country running.

If you prefer to fight with the pen rather than the sword, there is an intercollegiate arts shield in which colleges compete in the cultural pursuits of debating, public speaking, art competitions and performance nights.


All rooms include a telephone, telephone connection, voice mail system and internet connection. Telephone cards can be purchased from the Accommodation Services office at Edwards Hall (Newcastle Campus). Telephone cards for the Central Coast campus need to be purchased off campus.